West Ham 0 - 1 Everton

Since their rather routine 2-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United in April, Everton have played 11 games away from home in all competitions and lost just twice. For a team that was so abject on its travels under Rafael Benitez and Frank Lampard, the Blues have started to become a much more difficult visiting opponent now that Sean Dyche is charge.

Everton have only lost five games on the road under Dyche since he took over at the end of January. Two of those were at Anfield and there was one at each Old Trafford, the Emirates and Villa Park; so while the home form is still well short of where it needs to be, travelling away from Goodison Park is no longer the misery fest for the club’s long-suffering fans that it once was.

Today, the Toffees took on a West Ham side that had scored in every Premier League match this season and in every home game since the turn of the year. Dyche and his men left with a clean sheet and three hard-earned but deserved points delivered by an excellent striker’s goal by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, his 50th in the Premier League.

It goes without saying that the Blues are an entirely different proposition when their No.9 is leading the line and doing so fully fit. On another day, Calvert-Lewin might have had an assist from a terrific knock-on in the second half and, had Jack Harrison not made a mess of a glorious three-on-one situation in the first period, he might have had more than one goal on day.

As it was, just the one goal was enough and that was thanks to a committed, obdurate display, under-pinned by the resilience of a back four that has the imperious Jarrad Branthwaite and rock-solid James Tarkowski at its heart and another superb all-round game by the ever-improving Amadou Onana.

Once again the Belgian was preferred to Idrissa Gueye in the more defensive role in central midfield and, again, he delivered on both sides of the ball, throwing in important challenges in front of his own box in one moment and then striding forward with purpose and ease in another. One slide-rule pass for Calvert-Lewin that ended with the striker thumping an effort off the underside of the crossbar was only marginally called back for offside.

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There were plaudits, too, for Nathan Patterson, a more than able deputy for the suspended Ashley Young, and Vitalii Mykolenko on the other side of defence, while Jordan Pickford — of course! — stood tall when he was needed in the closing stages to ensure a clean sheet. And if the two wide men, Harrison and Dwight McNeil, didn’t quite live up to expectations on the day, both played their part in a really important win.

As might have been predicted given their superior form and position in the table, David Moyes’s Hammers started the better despite tenacious pressing by Everton in the early going once the tributes to Bill Kenwright and Sir Bobby Charlton had ushered in the kick-off.

But it wasn’t until midway through the first half that Moyes’s side first threatened Pickford’s goal when Lucas Paquetá's dink over Patterson gave him space to deliver a dangerous cross and Jarrod Bowen missed in uncharacteristic fashion at the back post .

Two minutes later, though, the visitors should have gone ahead themselves when Paquetà gave the ball away in his own half and Harrison, Calvert-Lewin and Doucouré surged forward in a three-on-one situation against Nayef Aguerd but the on-loan winger made a mess of the chance and ended up shooting meekly at Alphonse Areola.

Tarkowski had a header blocked at the back post off a deep McNeil corner and Harrison ballooned an effort high and wide from the edge of the box while McNeil and Onana were also off target with headers in the closing stages of the first half.

Everton had kept the likes of Bowen, Michail Antonio and Mohammed Kudus quiet in the first 45 minutes but it initially appeared as though Moyes had fired his troops up for the start of the second period.

Bowen had an early shot blocked and a couple of minutes later, after Patterson had been adjudged by referee Stuart Attwell to have committed a foul, Bowen stole in ahead of the static Doucouré but, thankfully, his header flew over the crossbar.

Three minutes after that, it was 1-0 to the Toffees. Branthwaite did well to muscle ahead of Antonio to win the ball 10 yards inside the opposition half and fed it to Calvert-Lewin. He exchanged passes with Harrison and despite the attentions of Kurt Zouma and Aguerd, he took a smart touch wide of the latter and drilled it into the corner of Areola's goal from just inside the box.

Bowen slammed a volley over after Mykolenko's awkward header and dropped to him inside Everton's penalty area and Edson Alvarez skied an effort into the stands before Doucouré came close to doubling' the Blues' lead.

This time, the French-born midfielder was put into the clear by Calvert-Lewin's towering knock-on but though he took it early, Areola did well to palm Doucouré's skidding shot wide of his left-hand post with an hour gone.

The home crowd at the London Stadium were becoming increasingly restless as the half wore in but it was Everton who were keeping the opposing keeper the busier as McNeil forced Areola into tipping a rising effort over and Calvert-Lewin smacked a shot off the underside of the bar from Onana's slide-rule pass, although the offside flag would have negated any goal.

Somewhat predictably, Everton, with some players visibly tiring, dug in for the final 15 minutes and dared West Ham to break them down but Pickford and his defence proved to be unbeatable, with the keeper even making a brilliant point-blank block to deny Kudus even though an offside decision would stop play afterwards in that instance as well.

Alvarez was well off target again from distance in the 85th minute, Pickford helped a cross-cum-shot from Aguerd behind a couple of minutes later and, after Calvert-Lewin had just failed to find Harrison in the box at the other end, Pickford made his last telling intervention. Paquetá's cross picked out the substitute Saïd Benrahma but England's No.1 was equal to his volley, parrying it away to safety.

Bit by bit, Dyche is establishing a foundation with this Everton team and with Brighton and Manchester United to come at Goodison either side of a trip back to London to face Crystal Palace, it’s going to be interesting to see where the team is by the end of November ahead of a daunting-looking December programme.

Regardless of potential forward progress, though, with the possibility of a points deduction hanging over their heads, every point is going to be vital. Depending on how the independent commission into Everton’s alleged profitability and sustainability breach rules in the coming weeks, the three picked up today could prove to be very important.

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Paul Kernot
1 Posted 29/10/2023 at 20:27:18
Still gripping the edge of my seat every time they came near our box during the last 15 mins but what a win. Dom and Branthwaite in particular were standouts for me.
Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 29/10/2023 at 20:42:13
Paul (1), It drains me,I move a small statue on the fireplace because I’m kicking every ball that comes into the area during these close wins, I couldn’t relax until the third goal versus Bournemouth the other week.

On reflection we deserved the victory but Doucoure could have made it easier f he had put that chance away along with the chance bigger Harrison had in the first half but at the end of the game the relief is enormous and it will be lovely waking up tomorrow with those three points in the bag, better than most days after the game this season.

Andrew James
3 Posted 29/10/2023 at 20:45:48
Good result. It is beginning to look like Dyche's insistence on clinging onto the positives like xG over a month or so ago held some logic.

I don't see the Derby as a defeat because of the terrible officiating so two wins either side of that marks an upward trajectory in our form. The bottom three are atrocious with the Blades cut adrift. One would hope we can steer clear of a relegation battle yet one senses even a points deduction is something we can overcome.

I don't think it's time to start expecting an upper mid-table finish and there might be many more tense finishes like today. Yet we might get some good performances and goals out of players like DCL and Branthwaite to make this a better season than last.

David West
4 Posted 29/10/2023 at 21:32:15
A win, a clean sheet, away from home, DcL scoring a winner, I'll take that all day !
People may knock Dyche, but he's getting the basics right.
Let's try and be solid first and foremost.
He's distilled some belief back into the players.
It looks like they are on board with what he's trying to achieve.

We may just start climbing the table if with dcl, Branthwaite, Onana, and the fullbacks improving all the time.

I think Dcl getting fitter and sharper can't be underestimated, I think second half of the season he's going to be better than we've ever seen him.

It's consistency we need now, try and keep that back 4 working together it's a solid foundation to work from to keep us in games and with DCL, Doucouré, Harrison & mcneil we will always make chances to win games.

Steve Griffiths
5 Posted 29/10/2023 at 21:46:18
Today, is the day that for the first time I saw what I was expecting from a Dyche team. Resilience, hard to beat, functional one nil victory. Maybe, just maybe the manager is building something. DCL, Branthwaite, Mykolenko, Onana & JP were all excellent today in what was a very good team performance. The spine of the team is looking very good & along with James Garner & Patterson who both grew into the game, a good young team is starting to emerge. Time to get behind the manager, his staff & the squad & hopefully we can have a magnificent week with two home wins on Wednesday & Saturday. COYB & UTFT.
Paul Birmingham
6 Posted 29/10/2023 at 22:19:42
I've said earlier into this season, there's an air of 1983, but time will prove.

I still reckon this squad with luck, can get a top10, finish, and perhaps, top 7.

In perspective, some very good signs, and Everton, are getting tougher and wiser, each game.

Great away form, well done Everton, squad and travelling fans.

"What's Our Name?"


Danny Baily
7 Posted 29/10/2023 at 22:43:41
Paul 6, we're probably about as high up the league as we can expect to get this season. But I'm feeling much more confident about our PL status after today.
Tom Bowers
8 Posted 29/10/2023 at 22:47:25
This was probably the best way to say sayanara to Bill Kenwright after a week of sadness in more ways than one.

Kudos to Dyche and the lads for bouncing back after gifting the RS with another win last week.

With the benchwarmers probably starting against Burnley we, hopefully will be able to field the same starting eleven for the Brighton game and this time we can hope that there is no repeat of the Luton result and that we can finally get into a run of decent results

Denis Richardson
9 Posted 29/10/2023 at 22:51:51
Great result and imho down to one basic thing - play players in their proper positions.

Everton have been putting square pegs in round holes for too long. Patterson played because Young was suspended and Garners in the middle thanks to the injury Geuye got before which final switched a light on in Dyches head.

Credit to the team all round, everyone knew their role and put a shift in. Branthwaite just gets better with each game. He’s going already a real player and deserved yet another MotM.

Onward and upwards.

Paul Birmingham
10 Posted 29/10/2023 at 22:55:01
Danny, let's see, I respect your view.

The squad is growing in confidence, as shown today, and the momentum is growing.

Let's see, what happens, during the course.

This squad won't be treading water in 03/2024, to stay in the EPL.

And if there is, a punishment, Everton, will prevail, and stay up.

There's worse teams, by a long way, and not just the teams, that got promotion, last season.

The game, the rules, the governance, has got murky.


Si Cooper
11 Posted 29/10/2023 at 22:59:56
Good graft and some nice finishing earned a creditable win against opponents who appear to be at a similar level and who never really pressured us for long spells. No defenders perfect but all did very well generally.

Interesting to hear pundit on radio (Nedum Onuoha?) before game questioning whether Moyes had the ability to turn West Ham into anything other than perennial also-rans in Prem.

One gripe on today’s officiating (has to be at least one!); the amount of yards Coufal was able to steal on throws on our left flank. He didn’t even need to sneakily pinch them by creeping along the touch line. On one occasion he simply ignored the ball that had been played out at least 5 yards behind were he was and picked up an alternative right in line with where he was. Ref and assistant didn’t bat an eyelid.

Bill Hawker
12 Posted 29/10/2023 at 23:40:11
Great result. The one thing that irked me though was I felt he shouldn't have left McNeil in the entire game. He wasn't having his best match but it was clear by minute 70 he was gassed. That would have been the time to bring Danjuma in, not only for the fresh legs but also to potentially get that important second goal.

Other than that, great win. Onward and upward.

Paul Kossoff
13 Posted 30/10/2023 at 00:31:59
Dave 2. "The chance bigger Harrison had in the first half."
He's five eight isn't he?😀
Greg Nelli
14 Posted 30/10/2023 at 01:40:58

I agree we are vastly improved overall from the previous two years, I think dropping those games early in the season will make it difficult to end up higher than the lower end of mid table.

But it does auger well for the future.

Now just get past this hearing!!

Bob Parrington
15 Posted 30/10/2023 at 06:34:57
Great team performance against an excellent opposition on their home turf. The pace of the hame from the get-go was good and very competitive. Plenty pf good performances from the Blues. I thought Onana played an exceptional game.
Robert Tressell
16 Posted 30/10/2023 at 06:49:58
Onana was excellent yesterday. Its no coincidence that this performance coincides with our best XI being on the pitch at the same time in a team shape that all of the players are now getting to grips with.

Onana has largely been thrust into an utter shambles since he's been here: no organisation under Lampard, injuries under Dyche.

The structure is now in place so as long as we can keep people fit there will be more consistency.

Jim Lloyd
17 Posted 30/10/2023 at 07:51:07
I was listening on the radio for the first few minutes, then switched it off. Then switched it back on, and so it went until I thought if I turn the radio on, the hammers'd score, so I left it off. I turned it back on thinking the game had finished, and in the couple of minutes left, we were under attack. Anyway, it finished and we'd won.

I didn't have it on when we scored, but all the times I was listening, what stood out was the astounding noise coming from our travelling support. It drowned any Home support. What a great performance from them and the team!

We're shaping up to be a Team! Even last week we were beaten by the bent referee, and there's nowt much we could have done about it. But it goes on so often, it shows this league is crooked.

It was good to read both reports, as our defence looks like it's knitting together well; and I'm especiallly pleased for Mykolenko who's had good games against two top class players. It's good to read that Onana is showing what he can play like, with our two wide players linking up play going forward and supporting our defence.

All in all, our team and our squad is beginning to look the business for us. As for what's happening off the pitch? I thought it would cast a cloud over the lads. But so far, Sean Dyche seems to have got the lads determined to have a "no surrender" attitude.

Russelll Smith
18 Posted 30/10/2023 at 07:56:31
Great win but I agree with Bill above that McNeill looked dead on his feet after 70 minutes, and Harrison also looked drained. McNeill actually looks knackered from the kick off most weeks but still seems to put a shift in. I suspect that having kept both wingers on for the full game and bringing on Chemitti for DCL then we will see Danjuma, Gana and Beto in from the start on Tuesday, and possibly Godfrey and Dobbin, then return to yesterdays line up for Brighton
David Bromwell
19 Posted 30/10/2023 at 08:32:14
A great hard earned win yesterday, and it's interesting to see the Manager once again very reluctant to use his substitutes. This worries me a little as we all know we have a small squad and injuries and suspensions are an unfortunate reality. So I too will be expecting some changes on Wednesday, to give those on the bench some game time. I appreciate that changing a winning team is always a gamble, but this season more than ever it's our performance in the league that matters and may prove critical.
Mal van Schaick
20 Posted 30/10/2023 at 08:33:50
If we can carry on this winning mentality, we could be in the last eight of the EFL cup, and if we beat Brighton on Saturday, we could be in the top ten in the PL. What’s not to like about that?

Two wins next week would solidify our progress under Dyche, and instead of squeaky bum time, it would be nice in the knowledge that we can remain on the top half of the league and banish the last two dreadful seasons into the past.

The only barriers that I can see, is that we may have to rotate the squad, because, as others are saying some players are looking a bit jaded. This will be a test for Dyche, seeing the strength of our bench, and how he formulates a tactical plan, to continue our progress.

Geoff Lambert
21 Posted 30/10/2023 at 09:38:46
Mal "some players are looking a bit jaded"
That's only their third game in a month why would they be looking jaded?? Play to win, a cup run would be excellent and a tropy at the end of it a godsend. Play to win nothing less.
Dave Abrahams
22 Posted 30/10/2023 at 09:40:14
Paul (13), Yes I smiled myself when I read that back, I’d altered that line but not correctly, “ the bigger chance Harrison had “ should have been the line!
Mal van Schaick
23 Posted 30/10/2023 at 10:15:45
Geoff#21 read #18.
Geoff Lambert
24 Posted 30/10/2023 at 10:50:48
Mall! I think I will go with Dyche and his coaching staff thanks.
Christopher Timmins
25 Posted 30/10/2023 at 11:05:12

When you win, tiredness just goes fades away. We are not in Europe, therefore, our schedule is not exacting.

Play as close to the first 11 as possible on Wednesday and hopefully book our place in the quarter final. It won't be easy as we will have to force the play.

Danny O’Neill
26 Posted 30/10/2023 at 11:29:59
The boys done us proud yesterday. And it wasn't a case of backs against the wall. Even when we were leading, we didn't try to sit back. We were looking for the counter.

Now onto the next team in claret and blue.

John Chambers
27 Posted 30/10/2023 at 12:00:03
Definitely showing a big improvement on last season. DCL makes a huge difference, not just his goals but his general play in linking up and allowing others to get forward. Doucoure may not be the most gifted player but his energy and threat going forward is a big boost. Garner has settled in to his best position now and alongside Onana central midfield is looking a lot more solid. Branthwaite has provided a lot more calmness in Central defence.
Lastly the whole mentality (to use one of Dyche’s favourite topics) is so much stronger. No way would last years side have dug out a result in a match like yesterday.
Last season 44 points was good enough for 12th and that should be achievable this season (shame about the wasted 6 points with Fulham and Wolves)
Christopher Timmins
28 Posted 30/10/2023 at 12:12:37
Myko has faced two of the better wide men in the Division over the past two weekends and more than held his own.

Not that West Ham's problems are any concern of mine but Antonio was made to look his age yesterday. Our young man wiped him out!

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