Everton returned to winning ways and played some of their best attacking football of the season as they recorded a 2-0 victory over a feeble West Ham United side.

In a very different starting line-up to usual, Tom Davies made his first start of the season and almost got on the scoresheet early on when a corner deflected right into his path and yet from close range, he struck straight at the goalkeeper. But on 17 minutes Everton did take the lead when Theo Walcott, another rare starter, played in Bernard and the little Brazilian weaved in between several West Ham defenders and somehow tucked his shot past the keeper from a tight angle. Everton were unlucky not to get more before half-time.

Early in the second half, Theo Walcott was desperately unlucky when his 25 yard bullet smashed against the underside of the crossbar but bounced the wrong side of the line. The Blues had two more goals chalked off from Richarlison and Yerry Mina before in the final stages, Gylfi Sigurdsson, on as a substitute after being dropped for the first time all season, received the ball on the edge of the area and cut inside, fooling Jack Wilshere, and hit a terrific shot right into the top corner to seal the points.

The international break seemed to have inspired this Everton side who fought hard for the three points and did not let the Hammers have even a sniff at getting something from the game. The pressure was slightly eased on Marco Silva as the Toffees climbed to 13th.

19th October 2019 – Premier League

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