West Ham United and Italian defender Angelo Ogbonna headed a second-half winner to give David Moyes’ side a hard-fought Premier League victory against Everton. In a game of few clear-cut chances, defender Ogbonna netted the only goal in the 74th minute, rising inside the six-yard box to flick home Jarrod Bowen’s corner.
West Ham United dominated the first half of the game but could not find the back of the net. They called Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was called into action just once. The England keeper palmed out Bowen’s stinging shot. Tomas Soucek gave his opening goal but it was later ruled out for offside.
Nigerian International Alex Iwobi missed a glorious opportunity for Everton when he failed to make final contact with the ball from six yards out then in the second half. Angelo Ogbonna’s goal in the second half was a big relief for David Moyes and his team as Everton could not find an equalizer.
West Ham’s victory takes them up to sixth in the table as they leapfrog Everton, who drop to seventh. Benitez and Moyes were familiar foes on Merseyside during the 2000s when the Spaniard was with Liverpool and the Scotsman at Everton.
The victory is a very good one for Moyes on his return to the club he managed for 11 years – especially as Benitez got the better of him on most occasions during that period. Angelo Ogbonna gave him the victory he needed.