Bernard and Gylfi Sigurdsson was on the score sheet as Everton ended a run of four consecutive premier league defeat and took some pressure off Marco Silva with a 2-0 win against the Hammers.
Theo Walcott admitted it wasn’t easy to ignore the speculation around Everton recently but his team brushed it aside with a superb performance on Saturday.
The scoreline could have been much more different in a game that saw Everton had 19 attempts on goal and hitting the frame twice in the process. The Merseysiders have now leaped out of the relegation zone with 2 points above.
Walcott, who was responsible for one of those near misses with a thunderous strike against the bar, told Everton TV: “It was enjoyable from start to finish. Everybody worked so hard
“We’re looking on the outside, we know what’s been happening – people talking. But we’ve just kept it in the group.
“We know what to expect and that is what it is every week, simple as that. The intensity levels from start to finish, from the forward players down to the defensive players was just fantastic, and the support from the guys on the bench as well. We were all united and that’s what we need.”
On his own close call, Walcott said: “That’s mad. It would genuinely have been one of the best goals I’ve ever scored.
“That was one where you just hit it too well, but I can’t complain. We got the result.”
It was only Walcott’s second start of the season and his first appearance since being concussed in the clash against Manchester City last month and having, against his wishes, to sit a game out.
The 30-year-old said: “I have been working hard in training. That’s all I can do to show what I can do.
“I got my start against City and, obviously, the concussion, which… that’s lost with me. But then (on Saturday) I felt young again and that’s what I want to be.”
West Ham did not really threaten Everton through out the game with their only real chance coming in the second half after Angelo Ogbonna forced a good save from Pickford in an attempt to equalise. The Hammers are now without a win in three games despite bright start to the season.
“After a game like that nobody is feeling good,” said Roberto, who is deputising for the injured Lukasz Fabianski.
“We don’t think we’re a team who plays like we did here and we need to recover and keep the positivity to come back.”