Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley get Everton back on track against West Ham

Romelu Lukaku scored his inevitable goal against West Ham United and Ross Barkley sealed victory with a finish that should enhance his confidence as Everton recorded their first victory in six games. There would be no implosion against Slaven Bilic’s side this time.

Seven minutes remained when Goodison Park witnessed the contrast between Ronald Koeman and Roberto Martínez. The home side led 2-0, just as they did in the corresponding game last season, when Koeman withdrew the lively Yannick Bolasie from Everton’s attack and added the experienced nous of Phil Jagielka to his defence. Last season Martínez replaced a winger, Aaron Lennon, with a striker, Oumar Niasse, with 14 minutes to play and West Ham scored three times to signal a turning point in the Everton manager’s relationship with the Goodison crowd.

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