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Everton and West Ham started the day tied on points towards the bottom of the Premier League. However, the mood has drastically changed around both teams as a result of Everton’s 1-0 triumph. West Ham is now in a much worse position than Everton.
Everton’s first win of the season came courtesy of Neal Maupay’s lone goal, which was enough to put the Hammers in the bottom three of the league standings.
When Frank Lampard took over as manager of Everton during the previous season, the club was in the midst of a fight to avoid relegation. Lampard was ultimately successful in this endeavor.
The expectation was that this season would be more successful, but it wasn’t until September 18 that they finally won a league game. Despite this, they have now gone five games without suffering a loss after drawing four matches in a row.
They have only given up a total of six goals in their last seven matches, suggesting that they have a strong defensive unit. The only team in the Premier League to have conceded less goals than Brighton’s five is Brighton.
Everton will be starting six new players against West Ham, including their captain Conor Coady and fellow center defender James Tarkowski. Everton made these additions throughout the summer.
Maupay scored the first goal for Everton in their victory over West Ham.
“This is a victory that has been a long time in the making. ” Lampard stated that “we may had deserved it somewhere already this season but it hadn’t come.”
Recent performances have shown that we are difficult to defeat, but we have lacked a clinical edge in front of the net. That took place just today.
“The newcomers are adapting to the environment really well. We are playing a shape that is distinct from what we were doing previously.
“It was incredible that we were able to remain in the same position as we were the previous year, but we were aware that we needed to be more stable defensively. We are a long way from being perfect, but the fact that we haven’t given up too many goals is certainly something to be proud of.
Jonathan Woodgate, a former defender for England, was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live and said that the team “looks different” now that Idrissa Gueye is a member of it.
The Senegalese central midfielder moved back to Everton from Paris Saint-Germain just before the transfer window closed in August.
Everton appear to be much more solid this season, more of a unit, and harder to break down, according to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Lampard’s team-mate at Chelsea, who was quoted by Sky Sports. You need it above all else to earn points, and from there, they may build on top of that.
“Frank is laboriously putting together something step by step. They have a ways to go before they reach their destination, but we can understand what he is trying to do.
“If Neal isn’t there, perhaps we can draw.”
Maupay’s place in the team and his first goal after his £15 million summer transfer from Brighton were also important factors.
After losing Richarlison to Tottenham for £60 million and Dominic Calvert-Lewin to a knee injury at the start of the season, Everton began the year without a striker.
Up until Demarai Gray picked up Alex Iwobi’s pass and scored with a half-volley against West Ham, Anthony Gordon and Demarai Gray were the only players to score for them in the league this season. Maupay scored with a half-volley after scoring against West Ham.
Both Frank Lampard and Neal Maupay were involved.
Neal Maupay was acquired in August from Brighton for a fee of £15 million.
“It’s a fantastic goal, a goalscorer’s goal,” said Lampard. “The first touch is decisive, and it’s not easy to keep it tight while still getting your shot off. You rely on the feeling of a striker, and if Neal isn’t there, our chances of winning that game are significantly reduced.
“There were times in games where, if we had finished with a bit more clinical touch, we would have gotten more points.”
According to what Maupay told Sky Sports: “I am aware of my responsibilities; I have to make a goal. That is the reason why they invited me in. Because I haven’t been playing much, I really needed that goal.”
Jamie Carragher, a legend for Liverpool, was quoted as saying: “Everton’s inability to score goals is a significant issue, which is why they decided to sign Maupay as a free agent. He takes it so early despite the fact that the first touch was absolutely fantastic. Everyone was taken aback by his response. In an instant, it was safely tucked away behind the goal.”
“We need momentum back quickly,” said West Ham.
The start to the season that West Ham has had is cause for concern. They have finished sixth and seventh in the previous two seasons, and as they looked to advance to the next level, they engaged in a significant summer round of recruitment that was valued at approximately 150 million pounds.
However, the majority of players to start their league games have been around for quite some time. Nine of the players who started for the team that was defeated by Everton were starters for them during the previous campaign.
David Moyes, the manager, believes that “I don’t think we’re that far off.” “However, the momentum that we had built up over the past few years has been lost. We can’t afford to lose time in retrieving it.”
Moyes acknowledges that playing both European and domestic football at the same time, as they did also during the previous season, may be having an effect.
This season, West Ham has picked up five victories, four of which have come in the Europa Conference League. Three of those victories have come against teams from Denmark.
Moyes expressed his desire to play games on Thursday and Sunday. “I really wish that it were Wednesday instead of Saturday so that we could compete in the Champions League.
“But if you take a look at [previous seasons], the results from Thursday through Sunday can be very challenging.”
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