David Moyes: Everton win shows again West Ham United can compete with the top teams
David Moyes believes Sunday's 1-0 Premier League win at Everton is further proof that West Ham United can challenge for a top-six finish again this season.
Moyes led the Hammers to a second consecutive win at Goodison Park - the first time in 91 years that West Ham had won back-to-back top-flight matches there - and above an Everton side who had won all three home games prior to the Irons' visit.
The Londoners were value for their victory, too, dominating possession for long periods and creating a succession of opportunities from open play and set pieces.
It was clear West Ham were determined to bounce back after losing at home to Brentford in the final minute last time out and that determination was rewarded with a well-worked goal midway through the second half.
The Hammers had already tried a number of elaborate routines and caused concern for Rafael Benitez's side, and it was from a Jarrod Bowen corner that Angelo Ogbonna outjumped Ben Godfrey to glance an unstoppable header past Jordan Pickford.
Moyes' men then lost Tomas Soucek to a nasty facial injury when Salomon Rondon stepped on the Czech midfielder, but Craig Dawson came on, West Ham went to a five-man defence and safely saw out the remaining 15 minutes to secure a superb away win.
The Hammers have now collected ten points from 12 on the road and Moyes has challenged his squad to emulate their away form when they return to London Stadium to host Tottenham Hotspur in their next home Premier League fixture next Sunday.
We've got the best away record in the Premier League and what we now want is the best home record in the league at London Stadium, too.
We've got to try and make sure we get those victories at home as well.
The players were great today. They played really well. Maybe just not quite as good as I'd have liked in the final third, but our football was so good for long periods. We got chances, but we couldn't quite those those absolute clear chances.
I think that's a bit of credit to Everton as they've started the season really well and we have to be aware of how well they've done.
I was a bit worried because I thought we didn't control the Brentford game as well as I wanted to do it. I still don't think we deserved to lose, but that's another story.
Putting that behind me, moving on and getting another positive result was great because it was a long week after losing that game in the last minute, I can tell you.
The players have done a great job today and really stepped up today. Everton are a really good side and they've started the season well.
We've started the season well as well and I want us challenging all the big teams and playing the best we can, and today we played really well.
The boys worked so hard for 95 minutes and we needed it.
We were a bit short as we were without a couple of the midfield boys today, and even shorter when we lost Tomas to injury in the second half, so we switched to three at the back and managed to see it out in that period.
We had been working on our set pieces and that paid off with the winning goal.
We want to get back to the standards we set last year. We set really good standards last year and scored quite a few goals from set pieces where Paul Nevin does a great job in prepping us and trying to get them right.
We argue and fight over where we think the best chance of scoring is and today we got one in the end.
It was a really tight game. It wasn't an easy victory by any stretch of the imagination.
We've kicked off a run of seven games in 22 games with a win and it's good isn't it?
We don't want to take it negatively. We might have to chop and change because of the fixture list to keep us right, but we wanted to be in Europe.
Our job now is to get out of Thursday night football and into the Tuesday and Wednesday night one and a Saturday rather than a Thursday/Sunday one, and if we want to do that we're going to have to do well in the Premier League and we're going to have to try and balance it the best we can.
At the minute we're good. We've got just a couple missing today which we can't afford, really. We can't afford too many to be out of the squad as we go along, so hopefully we'll get everybody back.
Tomas Soucek is OK.
He's going to get his lip stitched as he has an opening on his lip and his nose and obviously he is all cut through his cheek and his nose, but Tomas is fine.
His wife won't like the look of him tonight, but he's done another good job for his team!