Ratings as Maupay nets first Everton goal but England hopefuls Gordon and Bowen struggle

by 24britishtvSept. 18, 2022, 4 p.m. 17

Everton will bounce in the international break after enjoying their first Premier League win over the season over West Ham who have slipped into the relegation zone.

In a game lacking quality, Neal Maupay provided the match-winning moment with a superbly taken half volley to open his goalscoring account for his new club following his summer move from Brighton.

It was another disappointing afternoon for West Ham who will feel they created enough to take a point despite being second-best for much of the encounter.

Asmir Begovic – Replaced the injured Jordan Pickford in Lampard’s starting line-up and made a smart save to keep out a well-struck Cornet effort late on and finger-tip a cross-shot from Bowen over the bar 7

Nathan Patterson – A constant presence on the right wing in West Ham’s half. The Scot is a willing runner and provides plenty of energy but still needs to finetune his attacking play. Got a vital touch just as it looked as though Cornet would equalise 7

Conor Coady – Made an important intervention to prevent Antonio from having a tap-in but was booked later on for bringing the West Ham forward down after being spun on the halfway line. Has struck up an impressive partnership with Tarkowski in the heart of defence 8

James Tarkowski – Brought the Goodison faithful to their feet with a bone-shuddering challenge on Antonio before making a superb block from a Bowen effort. Has slotted in nicely for his new club 8

Vitaliy Mykolenko – The Ukrainian is limited going forward but extremely solid at the back and did a good job of keeping Bowen subdued 7

Idrissa Gueye – Brought in for his second full debut in an Everton shirt after rejoining from PSG towards the end of the transfer window. The Senegalese brings an air of calm and authority to the midfield 7

Andre Onana – Rebuffed interest from West Ham in the summer in order to join Everton instead and showed why he is rapidly becoming a fan’s favourite at Goodison with an all-action display. 7

Alex Iwobi – A player transformed under Lampard, Iwobi’s driving runs from midfield are becoming a hallmark of this Everton side and it was he who played the ball into Maupay for the winner 8

Demarai Gray – Gordon’s exploits have overshadowed Gray’s form and he was by far the most dangerous attacker from either side on the day. The winger’s pace and trickery caused problems to both of West Ham’s full-backs. Unfortunate to not register an assist given the quality of his crosses into the box 8

Anthony Gordon – Unusually subdued and his frustration at not being more influential was clear when he needlessly hauled back Cornet. Replaced by Dwight McNeil with 15 minutes remaining. Not his day 5

Neal Maupay – Off the mark in an Everton shirt after smashing a superb strike beyond Fabianski from the edge of the box and that goal will do the summer signing from Brighton the world of good 7

Dwight McNeil – Brought to provide some fresh legs as Everton held onto their lead 6

Abdoulaye Doucoure – Helped shore things up in the closing stages 6

Salomon Rondon – Too late to make an impact N/A

Lukasz Fabianski – Nothing he could do about Maupay’s strike which flew past him at pace and otherwise solid 6

Vladimir Coufal – A willing runner on the right flank but lacked quality with his final pass 6

Thilo Kehrer – Has made an impressive start to his West Ham career and drew praise from Sky Sports commentator Jamie Carragher for his performance after making a perfectly timed tackle on Gray inside the box 7

Kurt Zouma – Drew a straightforward stop from Begovic with a clever header and provided West Ham’s main threat from set-pieces 7

Aaron Cresswell – Took a couple of dangerous set plays but lacked much of a threat from open play. Faces a fight to retain his place from summer signing Emerson 6

Tomas Soucek – Sloppy in possession and seems to have lost the attacking edge that defined his first 12 months as a West Ham player 6

Declan Rice – Not at his most influential best and when that happens West Ham’s chances of winning are naturally decreased. Cut a frustrated figure as the game ebbed away from his team 6

Jarrod Bowen – Snatched at a half-chance early on in the second half, lashing a half-volley over the bar on the spin. It’s the type of effort that would have nestled into the top corner last season. The England winger also had a shot blocked by Tarkowski to sum up another day of frustration. Almost set up Cornet for a late equaliser 6

Lucas Paqueta – Struggled with the pace of the game at times and guilty of taking one too many touch on occasion. Taken off on the hour mark after making a limited impact on the game 5

Pablo Fornals – Shoehorned into the starting line-up on the left wing to accomodate Paqueta, Fornals lacked his usual influence and was a peripheral figure. Like the Brazilian he was taken off after an hour 5

Michail Antonio – Picked ahead of Scamacca despite the Italian’s thunderbolt in Silkeborg and replaced by his fellow striker with 20 minutes to go. Looked dangerous on occasion but well marshalled by Coady and Tarkowski for the most part 6

Said Benrahma – Rattled the inside of the post with a spectacular bending effort from long-range but showed why he is divisive player among West Ham’s fanbase by drifting a dreadful corner straight out of play 6

Maxwel Cornet – May have felt hard done by at being dropped after scoring and providing an assist in the Conference League on Thursday. Stung Begovic’s palms with a fierce effort but missed a glorious chance soon after. His impact should earn a starting spot after the international break 6

Gianluca Scammaca – Unable to get into the game and let his frustration get the better of him when he flew into a reckless challenge and sparked a melee late on after another aggressive challenge on Gueye 5


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