By Joe Harker
David Moyes' Premier League record against his former club is now five consecutive defeats with no goals scored and 12 conceded. One third of those goals comes from Wednesday's 4-0 defeat as West Ham were battered and bruised by an Everton side that has had a torrid time this season. Both clubs are now in a relegation battle but a Wayne Rooney hat trick and Ashley Williams goal will leave the Hammers with plenty to regret.
West Ham's first half performance against Everton was so bad that Moyes didn't want to be associated with it. For a manager that needs hard work and good performances he will have seen the first 45 minutes as completely unacceptable. He said: "The second half at least I could put my name to the performance - I didn't want to do it for the first, that is for sure.
"We weren't good in the first half, so we didn't deserve anything."
Moyes insisted that West Ham would have lost the game regardless of the appointment of Sam Allardyce. Everton appointed their new manager on the day of the game but caretaker boss David Unsworth remained in charge for the 4-0 result. Moyes saw times when his team could have got back into the game, particularly in the opening stages of the second half where Aaron Cresswell hit the bar and West Ham had a penalty that was saved. He said: "Whether Sam or 'Unsie' was in charge, it wouldn't have made any difference. We had to perform and we didn't perform.
"We didn't perform well enough in the first half. As I've said, I think the game could have changed if we'd got the penalty back to 2-1, because there was no doubt that we were on top, but we didn't do so."
The Evening Standard believes that Moyes needs time to turn things around, having taken just one point from his first three games. Unfortunately fate has dealt him a cruel hand as his next three games are all against top six sides, with Premier League leaders Manchester City followed by champions Chelsea and a tough test against Arsenal. He needs time, but could struggle to get the run of results he needs to turn things around.
The manager has identified individual errors made by players as the main cause behind West Ham's woes and he has warned his squad that improvements must be made or heads will roll when the transfer market opens once again in January. The current squad has been criticised for not putting in enough effort, something that does not work with Moyes' style of football. If he is to save West Ham from relegation then he might have to get himself a squad that will put in the work rate he expects.