Everton moved out of the Premier League relegation zone on Saturday with a merited 2-0 victory against West Ham that reduced the weight on Marco Silva.
The Portuguese coach said the match at Goodison Park was a “must win” game after four straight league thrashings and a goal from Brazil forward Bernard in the seventeenth moment set his side on their way.
Everton commanded the match and got numerous opportunities to expand their lead however had to hold up until injury time to score their second, through late substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The win in Saturday’s initial commencement pushed Everton to the overall security of twelfth in the table, one spot above battling Manchester United, in front of the later fixtures.
“It was a fantastic performance. We had a lot of chances, especially in the second half. You never know when it’s 1-0 — you always want to get more.” Sigurdsson told BT Sport.
“They are dangerous going forward and their goalkeeper made some spectacular saves. I was pleased to come on and give us a bit of comfort. There was a real purpose to our game today,” he added.
Bernard made the leap forward in the wake of locking onto a fine ball from Theo Walcott. The Brazilian declined to shoot first time as Arthur Masuaku shut him down yet he keenly cut back and wrong-footed the defender before sliding the ball under Roberto.
Richarlison went near a second from an Alex Iwobi pass however his low shot returned off a post and Iwobi then shot at Roberto from distance.
A baffling West Ham side made it to the break trailing by only a solitary goal however Everton were rapidly on top again in the second half.
Richarlison had the ball in the net soon after the re-start following a slick build-up yet his well-required exertion was discounted for off-side.
Pablo Fornals had a brilliant opportunity to equalize minutes after the fact however he could just guide it wide of the left post, tumbling to his knees in frustration.
Yerry Mina twice headed excessively near Roberto from corners and the Toffees went close again as Walcott shook the crossbar with a savage half-volley before Iwobi squandered another opportunity, shooting directly at Roberto when clean through.
Regardless of being outflanked, West Ham were still in the game and earned two or three late possibilities against an undeniably tense Everton.
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford did well to keep out a redirected short proximity strike from Angelo Ogbonna.
In any case, the home side at last made the game safe when Sigurdsson twisted the ball past the jumping Roberto from the edge of the box.