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Woodgate names three West Ham players who were outstanding in win

Jordan Harris

Jonathan Woodgate has picked out three West Ham players on BBC Sport he thought were outstanding as they beat Everton on Sunday, with Declan Rice amongst those who received plaudits.

The Hammers made it four home wins in a row as they beat the Toffees at the London Stadium. Aaron Cresswell broke the deadlock with a brilliant free-kick during the first-half.

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And Jarrod Bowen was there to score the winner after Michail Antonio had been denied by Jordan Pickford. It was an incredibly clever finish from Bowen, who lifted the ball over the defender to find the back of the net.

Everton had initially cancelled out Cresswell’s opener through a deflected Mason Holgate goal. But David Moyes’ side looked fairly comfortable and saw the contest out with a lot of ease.

West Ham were not always at their best. But Woodgate was particularly impressed with three of the Hammers’ squad following the 2-1 victory over Frank Lampard’s men.

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“A proper professional performance by West Ham,” he told BBC Sport.

“Some outstanding performances at the centre of the pitch – Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice, Michail Antonio were all superb.

“They deserved it. Everton were let down by Michael Keane and the sloppy pass by Alex Iwobi.”

West Ham finding good form at right time as Rice, Soucek and Antonio receive praise from Woodgate

West Ham remain in the mix to secure European football again next year. The win over Everton temporarily moved them up to fifth in the table.

Fourth looks to be beyond them now with Arsenal three points clear and boasting three games in hand. But another finish in the Europa League spots would be a success for West Ham.

It must not be forgotten that they also have the latter stages of the Europa League to compete in. So Moyes will hope that the victory on Sunday marked the start of a brilliant run of form for the Irons.

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