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By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Goodison Park
Everton raised the pressure on manager Marco Silva with a deserved win over West Ham United .
Silva is currently fighting to ease doubts following four Premier League defeats plunged Everton but this was a vastly-improved, exceptional display to earn three points.
He made five changes from the side that lost at Burnley and had been rewarded with a piece of individual brilliance from recalled Brazilian Bernard, that tricked his way into the West Ham area before beating keeper Roberto Jimenez using a smart finish after 17 minutes to place Everton on their way.
Roberto produced while Richarlison struck the woodwork, a succession of fine saves in Tom Davies and Alex Iwobi although everton had opportunities to expand their advantage. It was at stoppage time that second-half replacement Gylfi Sigurdsson, since he turned out the listing of Everton # 45m signing in summer 2017, fell for the first time, ended any doubts about the outcome.
West Ham were dreadful throughout, their one minute of threat after Angelo Ogbonna’s shot was blocked by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford on as 27, coming was eventually able to celebrate.
Silva took actions with his back against the wall so deserves charge as Everton produced their very best performance of the year.
He fell Sigurdsson, who could have no complaints this season, brought back Theo Walcott and pushed Richarlison.
Silva re-introduced Davies into midfield alongside Andre Gomes and also gave the number 10 role to Iwobi in behind the striker.
The end result was an performance full of hard work, energy and imagination that should have significantly improved a greater victory margin than it actually did.
It was only the excellence of West Ham goalkeeper Roberto, calling on the assistance of the woodwork, which kept the score for the Hammers in justification and producing a series of fine saves.
Everton were always on the front foot, backed with an raucous Goodison Park audience that never wavered in its support for the team of Silva.
It takes more than a where one setback ratchets up the pressure as he has reached that point win to blow the clouds away over Silva.
All of the sounds indicate he needs to follow up this with a win at Brighton and then at home to Watford in The Carabao Cup.
That, however, was precisely what he needed – a detailed triumph in which Everton responded to promptings and the director’s modifications.
West Ham must have their sights set on the top six together with Spurs fighting and Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal in stages of transition that is relative.
They possess an abysmal inconsistency which threatens to violate those dreams.
Yes, they can throw in the occasional excellent success as they did against Manchester United – though that money is devalued these days but they are humiliated in The Carabao Cup at League One Oxford United, lose at home to Crystal Palace then deliver this shocking show at Goodison Park.
It could have been a matter of grand larceny if they’d come near snatching a point here.
Motionless stood in his field, activities mirrored by most of his team as they lacked threat, ideas and vitality.
Keeper Roberto arose with any type of charge in what had been a display lacking heart and competitive edge.
They can’t perform such as this on a lot events, if those hopes should be realised.
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