Everton 1-0 West Ham: Neal Maupay’s strike hands Frank Lampard his first league win of the season

Everton 1-0 West Ham: Neal Maupay’s first goal for the Toffees hands Frank Lampard’s side their maiden Premier League victory of the season as Hammers remain in the bottom three amid struggles in front of goal

  • Neal Maupay’s second-half strike handed Everton a 1-0 win against West Ham 
  • Their triumph at Goodison Park marked Frank Lampard’s first win of the season  
  • Said Benrahma struck the inside of the post as West Ham pushed for a leveller 
  • David Moyes’ side stay down in 18th as the Toffees climb to 13th in the division

In those few moments, after the whistle had gone and the music began to play, Frank Lampard moved with the freedom that you associate with relief.

Everton’s manager has been working hard to change the landscape at Goodison Park and positive noises have been coming in the last few weeks but Lampard is well-versed in the travails of football and knows good feelings are only preserved with victories.

So, at the seventh time of asking, it was clear to see what this 1-0 triumph over West Ham meant to Lampard, who marched proudly to the Gwladys Street and shook his fists in delight to the masses behind the goal in which Neal Maupay had fizzed in the decisive strike.

Neal Maupay's second-half goal handed Everton a 1-0 win against West Ham at Goodison Park

Neal Maupay’s second-half goal handed Everton a 1-0 win against West Ham at Goodison Park 

The Frenchman fired the hosts ahead to earn Frank Lampard his first league win of the season

The Frenchman fired the hosts ahead to earn Frank Lampard his first league win of the season

This wasn’t a classic but that didn’t matter whatsoever to Lampard, whose team had done just enough to get a win that lifts Everton up towards mid-table and enables them to enjoy the international break.

For David Moyes, however, the emotions could not have been more varied. Back at the place he once called home, he would have felt West Ham did enough to pilfer something from an attritional contest but the evidence of their performance would tell you otherwise.

Moyes must now reflect on a fifth defeat in seven Premier League fixtures, a sequence out of kilter with the metronomic way West Ham collected points last season and threatened, at one stage, to break into the Champions League places. They are a team in a state of flux.

Substitute Said Benrahma nearly rescued a point for West Ham but could only strike the post

Substitute Said Benrahma nearly rescued a point for West Ham but could only strike the post

If only they had began in the manner in which they finished the contest, hemming Everton back and causing Lampard to hop about in frustration as his overworked defenders did their best to repel the pressure. Inertia was West Ham’s downfall; Everton were also slow out of the blocks but changed it.

The fast start to the second period was as far removed from the first half as could be possibly imagined. How best to describe events before the break? Unrelenting tedium would be a start but, even then, it doesn’t quite do it justice.

To give you an idea of how impoverished it all was, the passage of play between minutes 38 and 42 captured it nicely when both sides took it in turns to surrender possession, treating the ball as if it was a hot potato and refusing to show any poise.

It was more frustration as far as the Irons were concerned, who struggled in front of goal again

It was more frustration as far as the Irons were concerned, who struggled in front of goal again

When Everton eventually won a free-kick, Lampard’s assistant Ashley Cole dashed out of the technical area and made a gesture for his forwards to attack the back post when Anthony Gordon fired it in. Gordon, instead, swung the set piece straight out of play.

It really was that joyless and what made it so surprising was the fact the game was there to be won – it needed was for one of these teams to be assertive, to have a little belief, and the likelihood was that opportunities would arrive.

So it proved. Everton took the initiative and it was no surprise that Demarai Gray lifted the tone. The winger had been buzzing on the fringes but just needed the right service to cut loose and, in the 49th minute, he scurried into West Ham’s box and curled a shot that Lukasz Fabianski was able to gather.

Lampard heads into the international break with a six game unbeaten run in all competitions

Lampard heads into the international break with a six game unbeaten run in all competitions

West Ham’s goalkeeper wasn’t overly tested to deal with it but there was a chain reaction and, suddenly, there was life in these famous old stands and the noise lifted considerably – so, too, did the tempo of Everton’s play.

And in the next attack, they plundered the goal that proved decisive. Vitalii Mykolenko rolled a pass into Alex Iwobi, who in turned nudged it forward to Maupay. 

The Frenchman’s control saw the ball sit up and, in a flash, he fizzed it past Fabianski.

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