Moyes can’t afford to come unstuck at Toffees

Everton v West Ham United – Premier League – Goodison Park – Saturday (3pm) – Preview

While a return to Premier League winning ways was more than welcome to West Ham United and David Moyes, the Hammers’ entertaining 4-2 victory over Bogey team Brentford has done very little to subside the criticism directed towards the Scotsman by a sizable section of the E11 support.

“Jarrod Bowen netted a stylish hat trick to help sink the Bees ant the sixth time of asking: “I thought we looked a lot more at it tonight,” Moyes enthused.

“I think we’ve played decent football at times over the last few weeks, but we haven’t created enough or taken enough chances. Tonight we were much better.

“Jarrod obviously stole the show with his goals, but Lucas had opportunities, Tomáš missed some good chances, and there were others.

“It wasn’t perfect, but it was a huge improvement, and scoring four goals at home is always impressive and a nice thing to see happen.”

Lucas Paqueta’s return certainly added a spark to the East Londoners’ attacking options, with Mohammed Kudus also seemingly lifted, performance-wise, by the Brazilians’ involvement. Nevertheless, recent defensive frailties were again exposed as Brentford made a fist of things: “We will need to be better to come away with a result from Everton on Saturday,” Moyes added.

“We will have to manage the game better and be more organised defensively. 

“I’m disappointed we lost two goals tonight, particularly the second one, and there are areas we need to improve.”

With Everton fighting for their lives towards the bottom of the Premier League and Moyes seemingly fighting a losing battle in convincing the West Ham fanbase that he is still the man to take the club forward, perhaps a spikey atmosphere can be expected at Goodison Park.

But with West Ham back to full strength, it is unlikely that the Hammers support will accept anything other than a victory as they continue to question Moyes and speculate, in some cases wildly, as to who might take his place.

Jeevesie’s prediction: Everton 1-1 West Ham United

Brian Jeeves