No Silva Lining as Hammers Claim First Win
By Tom Dowsett
Monday 17 Sep 2018 11:42:00
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Manuel Pellegrini has been given the nickname "the engineer" and on his 65th birthday, he engineered West Ham United's first Premier League win of the season, as they beat Everton 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.

The manager again made changes as Ryan Fredericks was left out of the squad completely, while Aaron Cresswell, Carlos Sánchez, Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio all made the bench. Jack Wilshire picked up an ankle injury in training and will spend time on the sidelines.

There were recalls to the starting line-up for Pablo Zabaleta, Arthur Masuaku, Declan Rice and Mark Noble, while Pedro Obiang and Andriy Yarmolenko made their first starts of the season.

Everton were unbeaten going into this game, while the Hammers were keen to avoid an unwanted club record by losing their first five matches. Although the Toffees had the better of the early stages, the visitors grew into the game and began to dominate.

They went ahead inside eleven minutes when Obiang found Marko Arnautovic in space and he then unselfishly set up the debutant to calmly finish past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

The travelling support almost had another goal to celebrate five minutes later when a freekick was sent into the area by Felipe Anderson but unfortunately, Issa Diop didn't even test Pickford.

The home side could have equalised with 25 minutes gone but Cenk Tousun wasted the chance and headed straight at Lukasz Fabianski.

West Ham were determined to get a second goal and inside 31 minutes Yarmolenko scored a beauty when he managed to get goal-side of Kurt Zouma and send a rocket of a shot past a helpless Pickford to double their advantage.

Masuaku was lucky to stay on the pitch after a heavy tackle on Theo Walcott, with referee Martin Atkinson only booking the defender.

Everton needed something if they were going to preserve their unbeaten start and had a great chance but Fabianski made a superb save to keep his side's lead intact.

However, Marco Silva's side gave themselves hope on the stroke of half-time when Gylfi Sigurðsson's powerful header gave Fabianski no chance and with that, Atkinson brought the first-half to an end with the Irons looking for more goals.

After pulling a goal back so close to the break, you would have thought that Everton would have had the impetus to level matters. Instead, Pellegrini's men went further ahead when Arnautovic and Obiang combined to great effect again and the Austrian ended a great move by slotting the ball past Pickford on the hour.

Three minutes later, West Ham made their first change as Antonio was introduced in place of the latest goalscorer, who appeared to pick up a knee problem.

Noble and Yarmolenko then made way for Sánchez and Snodgrass to be introduced before the hosts had a golden chance to reduce the arrears again but to the relief of the away end, Oumar Niasse saw his effort come back off the bar.

This win means that the Hammers move out of the relegation zone but face Premier League encounters with Chelsea and Manchester United in the next fortnight.

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