No Happy Return For Moyes
By Tom Dowsett
Thursday 30 Nov 2017 13:31:00
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West Ham United have now conceded four goals against both of the Merseyside clubs as it was an unhappy return to Everton for David Moyes, who saw his side beaten 4-0 by the Toffees at Goodison Park on Wednesday night.

Andy Carroll missed the game after sustaining a knee problem in training on Tuesday, meaning André Ayew was given his first start since the home defeat to Liverpool on 4 November. 

Michail Antonio made the squad for the first time since the 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace after recovering from a rib injury but was only on the bench.

Everton were under the stewardship of caretaker manager David Unsworth for one final time with new boss Sam Allardyce waiting in the wings.

Looking to build on their home draw with Leicester City on Friday, the Hammers were desperate to get that elusive first away win under their belts and they had a great chance to open the scoring on fifteen minutes, but despite racing past Jonjoe Kenny, Arthur Masuaku's cross was too close to Jordan Pickford and the game remained level.

However, it didn't stay that way for too long. Just two minutes later, the hosts were awarded a penalty after referee Michael Oliver had deemed Joe Hart to have fouled Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Wayne Rooney stepped up and although Hart saved his initial effort, the Everton skipper headed in the rebound.

With the home fans now roaring their side on, they were in the mood for more and ten minutes later, they extended their advantage.

Good play from Kenny and Tom Davies found Rooney at the back post via the aid of a deflection and he kept his composure to beat Hart once again.

The break arrived and Moyes decided to make his first change by replacing Pedro Obiang with Diafra Sakho.

It was their first-half performance that let the Irons down on Friday and it proved to be the case again here, as they started to apply pressure when the teams reemerged from the dressing rooms.

Manuel Lanzini picked up possession and tried his luck from 25-yards and although Pickford could only beat it away, the goalkeeper only succeeded in giving the ball back to the midfielder, who then spotted Aaron Cresswell in space, only for the defender to see his effort come back off the crossbar.

Marko Arnautovic was next to have a go but his effort never troubled the former Sunderland stopper.

With thirteen minutes gone in the second-half, the visitors had a chance to reduce the deficit when Oliver awarded another penalty. With regular taker Mark Noble not on the pitch, it was up to Lanzini to see if he could find a way back.

All the luck was with the hosts, as Pickford made a tremendous save to deny him.

After blowing that chance, it was time for West Ham to make another change as the ineffectual Arnautovic was withdrawn and Antonio took his place.

Although West Ham had dominated for large parts of the second-half it was against the run of play when another error enabled the Toffees to make it three.

On 66 minutes, Rooney claimed his first hat-trick for his boyhood club. Hart made a hash of a clearance and the ball fell to the striker who spotted the Manchester City loanee off his line and his effort from the halfway line went all the way in, piling on more misery for Moyes and his men.

As if the news of Carroll's latest injury wasn't enough for the visitors, just eleven minutes later, they were dealt another blow when stand-in skipper Winston Reid pulled his hamstring and was replaced by Declan Rice.

A minute later, there was more pain for the travelling support, as Ashley Williams added his name to the scoresheet with a fourth after getting his head to Gylfi Sigurðsson's corner.

Oliver finally brought West Ham's dreadful night to an end after three minutes of stoppage time had been played.

Three points in this fixture would have been crucial, as the Hammers face an even tougher trip on Sunday when they go to the Etihad Stadium and take on the near impossible task of ending Manchester City's unbeaten start to the campaign.

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