Woeful West Ham left to Roo first-half horror show as Wayne takes full advantage
PUBLISHED: 14:48 30 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:48 30 November 2017
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Everton striker Wayne Rooney embarrassed the Hammers with a stunning hat-trick at Goodison Park
Just when West Ham fans thought it was safe to come out from behind the sofa and watch their team again, this horrid, humiliating, embarrassing shambles came along.
David Moyes had got his feet under the table, saw his team produce an industrious display against Leicester City where they should have won and then came managerless, awful Everton.
There were mitigating circumstances. Sam Allardyce had arrived and sat smugly in the stands; Andy Carroll was injured yet again and then there was Wayne Rooney.
The England striker now has 14 goals against the Hammers, more than any other player. It was his second hat-trick against them and his second goal was from inside his own half – this from a player who has been sitting on the bench for the last couple of games.
The statistics suggest a close match. Moyes’ side had more possession; only one shot less; more corners and conceded less fouls.
But what it doesn’t show was just how inept West Ham were in that first half. This was supposed to be a big relegation six-pointer, but they played it like it was a training session.
There was no urgency, no harrying or hurrying of a nervy Everton and no shots on target in the first 45 minutes – woeful.
Everton were missing key players, they had just one win in 12 in all competitions and had conceded five goals against both Arsenal and Atalanta in the last few weeks.
Moyes himself felt the ‘big moments’ in the game went against his team.
“We made changes which helped us and we had to because we were poor in the first half,” admitted the manager.
“We were much better in the second half and I don’t think we deserved the scoreline in the end.”
Gifting Everton a two-goal lead didn’t help. The first was unlucky in that Pedro Obiang’s tackle put the ball straight into Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s path, leading to a penalty.
And even then, Joe Hart saved the spot-kick, only for it to go straight back to Rooney for him to head home.
But even after that and a woeful second goal, West Ham would have been in the game had they got one back.
“Ultimately, we missed a penalty kick when it was 2-0 and I thought we were the team on top in the second half,” reflected Moyes.
“I thought we played well in the second half and things didn’t quite go for us. We improved greatly, but we gave away poor goals, individual mistakes, which, since I’ve been here, have cost us. We have to try and eradicate that.”
Through all this, ‘Big Sam’ sat in the stands with the owners and applauded his new team.
Suddenly his job of keeping the Toffees up doesn’t look anywhere near as sticky as Moyes’ hopes of keeping West Ham in the Premier League.
To add to their woes, Winston Reid limped off near the end with another hamstring injury, leaving them short in central defence with the prospect of Chiekhou Kouyate or Declan Rice playing alongside Angelo Ogbonna in the next game.
At least it is only Manchester City away this weekend!
If Everton can grab four against the hapless Hammers, albeit perhaps a slightly fortunate scoreline, then how many will City manage on Sunday?
Time for some character.