By George Overhill

21st Jan, 2023 | 4:53pm

Frank Lampard saw his Everton side lose to a relegation rival for a third time since the World Cup with a 2-0 defeat against West Ham.

An extremely cagey opening opened up to see the Toffees on top, but a tight offside call went Jarrod Bowen’s way when he stabbed a goal past Jordan Pickford against the run of play, before Michail Antonio beat James Tarkowski’s challenge down the right to lay on Bowen’s second just before the break.

It was all Everton for a period after the half but after an initial flurry the team ran out of ideas and were lucky not to be caught on the break a few times, as the game fizzled out into another very disappointing result to heap pressure on Lampard.

Here, Goodison News rates the Everton players out of 10 for their performances at the London Stadium.

Jordan Pickford – 6

Uneven performance that arguably displayed both his strengths and his weaknesses. Had a couple of nervy moments when closed down but produced an excellent save from Said Benrahma. Was left horribly exposed for Bowen’s opener and couldn’t do anything about the second. Got crucial fingertips on Emerson’s shot after the break to divert it onto the bar.

Vitalii Mykolenko (off for McNeil ’45) – 5

Got well forward when Everton were on top early, supporting Gray down the flank, but didn’t a major impact and it was down his side that the second goal came as Antonio isolated Tarkowski coming over to cover.

James Tarkowski – 4

A difficult afternoon. Negatively involved in both Bowen goals before the half, with his touch playing the English winger onside for the first, then he was beaten too easily by Antonio down the flank after diving in. Booked for a foul in the second half in a similar position.

Conor Coady – 5

Perhaps a product of Tarkowski struggling alongside him but didn’t look as confident as he has for most of this season. On two occasions in the second half he stood off and allowed Emerson and Declan Rice drive into the area and take shots that could have put the game out of reach. Did make a couple of important late challenges though.

Yerry Mina – 6

Defensively looked solid. Should have probably put Everton ahead early when Angelo Ogbonna’s possible handball fell to him in the box but blazed over. Couldn’t do a great deal about either goal.

Seamus Coleman (off for Davies ’45) – 5

The captain didn’t have a telling role in the opening 45 minutes and was sacrificed at the half as the manager was forced to throw caution to the wind.

Idrissa Gana Gueye – 6

Up and down in the midfield. Caught in possession a few times but linked well at others. Had a glorious chance to pull one back straight after the break but his control from a Davies cutback was awful and the chance was wasted. Fired a dart from distance that Lukasz Fabianski had to tip wide soon after.

Amadou Onana – 7

Decent performance in the middle. Was tidy on the ball for most of the game and won back possession on a number of occasions. Couldn’t really affect the lack of penetration further forward.

Alex Iwobi – 8 Man of the Match

Not a bad first half but emerged as one of the best players on the pitch when Everton took the game to West Ham after the interval. Looked like he might have produced a penalty when his cross was awkwardly dealt with by Ogbonna early, then came so close to pulling one back before the break but his shot was deflected onto the post. Gave the West Ham back line all sorts of issues in the second 45 and produced a wonderful ball in that Calvert-Lewin was inches from converting. Showed invention that was badly needed but wasn’t matched sufficiently by his teammates.

Demarai Gray – 5

Has been a key part of the attack at times this season but was very disappointing here. Had looked a threat down the left in the opening exchanges but wasn’t able to produce anything telling. Slack chasing back in the second half allowed Emerson to run the length of the field and force Pickford to tip his shot onto the bar. Nowhere near the threat Iwobi showed.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 6

Was within inches distance of a couple of excellent chances after half-time but couldn’t get the crucial touch. Tried everything in terms of link up play throughout the second half but didn’t have a much-needed finish in him when the opportunities came. Increasingly isolated as the game went on and further chances never arrived.

SUBSTITUTES

Tom Davies (on for Mykolenko ’45) – 7

Heavily involved immediately and looked to have created one for Gueye which was wasted. Industrious performance to remind his manager what he can offer but as with his teammates he couldn’t make a real difference.

Dwight McNeil (on for Coleman ’45) – 6

The embattled summer signing was hit and miss with his delivery into the box from the left but was sharp in tracking back to cover the defence as a wing-back. He wasn’t bought, or brought on, for his defensive diligence, so didn’t have the impact Lampard would have hoped for going forward.