Jordan Pickford remained absolutely furious as a header from Angelo Ogbonna for West Ham inflicted Rafael Benitez’s first home loss as Everton boss.
Both teams looked toothless from the start, with Everton missing Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison, while West Ham’s Said Benrahma and Michail Antonio clearly left their shooting boots at home.
Offside Tomas Soucek believed he gave the Hammers the advantage in the first half with high chances but poor finish quality.
The second 45 saw a spell of Everton dominance, but West Ham quickly seemed comfortable playing away again, before winning a corner with 15 minutes remaining.
England No 1 Pickford was furious with the decision, arguing the ball fell on Antonio, but seconds later he had all kinds of problems when Jarrod Bowen shot a sublime corner straight at the head of Ogbonna.
The Italian pounced on Ben Godfrey, leaving a restless Pickford in no man’s land as David Moyes’ side picked up three huge points in their first straight away wins against Everton.
TalkSPORT expert Perry Groves criticized the way Pickford handled the set piece, saying: “I don’t really know where Pickford is going.
“He made the decision to approach and get involved and he shouldn’t have got involved.
“It’s an excellent delivery. You need to make sure you better defend him at the near post.
“Jordan Pickford has found himself in a no man’s land and runs towards the referee to deflect from his bad decision.
“I hate when players complain about a bad decision. There’s nothing you can do about it, defend the corner. You attack the ball and Everton’s center-half didn’t.
David Moyes’ side’s three points lift them to fifth place in the Premier League and just five points behind leaders Chelsea.
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