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West Ham United 0-2 Everton

30th March 2019, 19:26 by Adrian Mills

Everton moved up into the top half of the Premier League after they claimed a deserved 2-0 victory at West Ham on Saturday evening.

Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini made three changes to the side who won 4-3 at home to Huddersfield, with Pedro Obiang, Robert Snodgrass and Lucas Perez all handed starts - with Mark Noble, Michail Antonio and Felipe Anderson missing out.

The Toffees made one alteration to the team who defeated Chelsea 2-0 before the international break, with Kurt Zouma recalled for the injured Yerry Mina.

And it was Zouma who made the first major impact of the game as he rose highest to meet fifth-minute Gylfi Sigurdsson comer from the right and head home the opening goal for the visitors.

And the Toffees continued to pour forward after taking the lead, with Irons keeper Lukasz Fabianski having to make saves from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Sigurdsson and Lucas Digne to keep the deficit at just a single goal.

Just after the half-hour mark the Merseysiders deservedly doubled their lead as Seamus Coleman exchanged passes with Richarlison before crossing from the right for Bernard to apply a close-range finish at the far post.

Fabianski made a fine save with his right boot to keep out a low Richarlison drive, while at the other end the best the home side could muster was an effort from Marko Arnautovic, which was comfortably dealt with by Jordan Pickford.

Pellegrini made a double change at half-time to bring on both Antonio and Javier Hernandez, but the alterations made little difference to the overall flow of the game.

With little life having been shown by the hosts as the second half progressed, a third substitution came when Arnautovic was replaced by Grady Diangana.

Calvert-Lewin cracked a shot high and wide with 15 minutes left to play, while Richarlison shook the crossbar seven minutes later as he rose unmarked to meet a corner curled in from the left flank to almost put even more gloss on the final scoreline.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Adrian Mills

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