By Sean Fisher

18th Sep, 2022 | 4:35pm

Anthony Gordon has a game to forget, but defensive duo shine - Everton player ratings v West Ham

Everton secured their first Premier League win of the season at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon with Neal Maupay scoring in a 1-0 victory over West Ham.

The Toffees responded to a slow first half with a superb showing in the final 45 minutes. Maupay stole the headlines with his first goal for the club, with the Frenchman controlling Alex Iwobi’s pass and rifling the ball past Lukasz Fabianski.

Said Benrahma came closest to scoring for the Hammers, but Conor Coady and James Tarkowski were brilliant once again in the heart of defence.

Following their first three points of the season, Everton rose to 13th in the Premier League standings ahead of the upcoming international break.

Below, Goodison News rates the players out of 10 for their performances on Sunday afternoon.

Asmir Begovic – 7

Despite nearly rolling the ball to Antonio in the first half, he filled in well for the sidelined Jordan Pickford. West Ham continued to fire in crosses but Begovic stood tall and dominated his box. Made a superb save against Maxwel Cornet late on to preserve Everton’s lead, and earned a vital clean sheet.

Nathan Patterson – 5

After a nervy start to the match, he grew into the game and was defensively solid. He’s quickly becoming a Goodison Park favourite for his workrate and crunching tackles, even if he looked blunt going forward.

Conor Coady – 7

Looked well worthy of the captain’s armband. Made a number of vital clearances and blocks, and handled Michail Antonio’s physicality well – despite the harsh booking. His presence alone was enough to calm Everton during a frantic end to the match.

James Tarkowski – 7

His no-nonsense defending and aerial ability were absolutely crucial when it came to handling a very physical West Ham side. He covered Mykolenko superbly on the left flank and even his vision going forward was impressive.

Vitaliy Mykolenko – 4

Offered very little going forward. Did well to keep Bowen under control and made some crunching tackles on the left flank, but his crossing was wayward and he was rightly taken off corner duties in the second half.

Idrissa Gueye – 6

Did what he does best – win the ball. He offered plenty of protection from the back four, and covered plenty of ground in the process. Let himself down with a couple of

Amadou Onana – 5

The quietest of Everton’s midfield trio. Battled for the ball throughout but didn’t make any noteworthy contribution. Lampard clearly wanted his side to target Onana from crosses and set-pieces, but the Belgian midfielder was well-marked in the box.

Alex Iwobi – 6

He continued his fantastic form in the heart of midfield. Contributed in defence and also was crucial in linking up the defence to attack by carrying the ball forward. Was rewarded for his efforts with the assist for the goal.

Demarai Gray – 8 (Man of the match)

Showed glimpses of brilliance and never turned down an opportunity to run at the West Ham defence. He demanded the ball, created most of the side’s chances and can consider himself unlucky to have not recorded an assist or two. He picked up an injury late on which will be a worry to Lampard, especially after such a promising performance.

Neal Maupay – 7

He lacked service in the first half but continued to be a nuisance for West Ham’s defence regardless. Took his chance brilliantly with a superb first touch and finish to open his Everton account.

Anthony Gordon – 3

Endured a very quiet afternoon and was unable to carve out any chances for the Toffees. Passing was lacklustre at times and a number of attacks broke down due to his sloppiness. Rightly taken off in the second half by Lampard. Patterson was also left frustrated at his lack of tracking back in the second half, and he was booked to top off his poor afternoon.

Substitutes

Dwight McNeil (For Anthony Gordon 75′) – 5

Didn’t improve much on Gordon’s performance but helped add some much-needed energy at the end of the match as the Toffees held on to their lead.

Abdoulaye Doucoure (For Demarai Gray 82′)N/A

Salomon Rondon (For Neal Maupay 88′) – N/A