As Tomas Soucek scored a late goal to defeat his former club Everton 1-0, West Ham manager David Moyes celebrated his first victory at Goodison Park as an opposition coach. At a place where he had achieved success before his move to Manchester United in 2013, the Scot had lost all four of his previous appearances by a total of 12-1.
Had home fans been permitted – this week Liverpool was elevated to League 3, ensuring that the only two remaining Premier League stadiums previously able to accept fans had to shut their gates – the fixture would have been identified. BIG. BIG. Guy. pic.twitter.com/NhN72iDDd5- West Ham United (@WestHam) January 1, 2021Moyes has a habit of badly beating the Toffees, holding games tight and gaining 1-0 wins when he has to, and this was a classic in that sense. That was about the only thing that was classic in a grim match that saw both teams reach the New Year with a whimper rather than a bang. The Hammers were lucky when Aaron Cresswell’s deflected shot was deflected by Yerry Mina into the direction of Soucek, who could not miss the ball, having primarily done their job of not conceding a goal against an Everton side that had won four in a row. So close is it in the table that the win still leaves the Hammers in 10th place. David Moyes eventually celebrated a win at Goodison Park (Alex Pantling/PA) New Year’s Day marked the second spell in charge of Moyes’ first game, but in those 12 months he won just 11 of 34 league games. When goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski was injured during the warm-up and had to be substituted before kick-off by Darren Rudolph, the game got off to the worst possible start for the visitors. Of course, when the players on the field stuck to what had been drilled into them before the game against a powerful Everton side, it didn’t change the game plan. Everton had recently been on a good run and took advantage of the few opportunities that came their way. Dominic Calvert-goal Lewin’s drought continues (Alex Pantling/PA)It took them 45 minutes to record a shot on goal, with Randolph deflecting Bernard’s volley around the post. After a quarter of an hour, West Ham checked Jordan Pickford when the England international palmed away a Cresswell free-kick after Declan Rice’s cross was narrowly missed by Sebastian Haller. With Michail Antonio, returning after a month on the sidelines, coming on for the visitors and James Rodriguez and Andre Gomes adding more consistency to the game, both coaches made adjustments after an hour. Even after Moyes had sent Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko to the attacking forces, however, the game was hardly more exciting for either side. Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin was substituted by Cenk Tosun with 10 minutes left, increasing his goalless run to six.