By Sean Fisher

18th Sep, 2022 | 7:40pm

Everton praised by Chris Sutton for crucial win v West Ham

Everton beat West Ham 1-0 on Sunday to earn their first win of the season and Chris Sutton piled praise on the Toffees for their performance.

Neal Maupay was the match winner for Everton on Sunday, with the Frenchman scoring his first goal for the club with a superb finish in the second half.

Conor Coady and James Tarkowski also deserve credit for their resolute display in defence, while Demarai Gray looked threatening going forward.

The result leaves Everton in 13th heading into the international break, and BBC pundit Chris Sutton took to social media to share his thoughts on the performance.

“Huge win for Everton that. Played with great intensity. Lovely finish from Maupay to win it,” posted Sutton on his Twitter account.

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It is a huge win, indeed.

Heading into Sunday’s clash, a loss for either side would’ve left them in the bottom three for the international break.

Instead, Everton have climbed up to mid table and their spirited display at Goodison Park has created a buzz around the club.

Despite the West Ham victory being Everton’s first win of the season, Frank Lampard deserves credit for building a team that is incredibly tough to beat. Being unbeaten in six with back-to-back clean sheets shows how far the team has come in such a short time.

Maupay’s first goal for the club was also crucial. Lampard stated that Dominic Calvert-Lewin should be back after the break, but Maupay proved that he is a suitable back-up for the Englishman in his absence.

An away trip to Southampton after the break is followed by matches against Manchester United and Tottenham, but the team is starting to build momentum and can head into October full of confidence.