Rooney grabs first Everton hat-trick as Blues thrash West Ham

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Everton 4 - 0 West Ham United

Mason Holgate passed a fitness test to alleviate the injury crisis in defence
David Unsworth signed off as caretaker manager with a handsome victory thanks to a treble from Wayne Rooney and a fine penalty save from Jordan Pickford.

With imminent managerial appointment San Allardyce watching from the Directors' box next to Farhad Moshiri, Everton were leading 2-0 when Pickford pushed away Manuel Lanzini's spot-kick and the Blues took the cue to double their advantage with another two goals.

Rooney sealed his treble with a sublime finish from inside his own half and Ashley Williams atoned for conceding the penalty by heading in the fourth.

Unsworth took charge of his eighth and possibly final game knowing that a victory over the Hammers was of paramount importance.

Injury to two key defenders, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka, forced him into making changes at the back where Cuco Martina was recalled and Mason Holgate came into the back four.

Tom Davies returned following suspension and Rooney was back in the starting XI after sitting out the defeat at Southampton on Sunday.

The first quarter of an hour featured no chances, as two nervy sides felt each other out.

Pickford made a confident take at one end and then Everton won a penalty at the other end as Calvert-Lewin was taken down by Joe Hart.

Rooney had his spot kick saved but the rebound fell invitingly for him to head home.

The goal didn't initially spark greater adventure from Everton but Sigurdsson won a free kick with 25 minutes gone that came to nothing.

A couple of minutes later, a quick move ended with Davies free on the right and his cross fell to Rooney who slotted home.

The Hammers started the second half on the front foot and had the Blues penned in their own half for the first seven minutes or so but the defence held despite some cheap giveaways in the midfield and Cresswell smacking an effort off the crossbar.

Everton continued to sit back, however and when Williams brought Sakho down in his own box, referee Oliver pointed to the spot.

Pickford guesses right and parried Lanzini's penalty away to safety, though, preserving the home side's two-goal lead.

Shortly afterwards it was 3-0 when Hart slid the ball out to the halfway line but was caught way off his line and Rooney executed a brilliantly deft shot from behind the halfway line that sailed over the keeper and into the empty goal.

3-0 became 4-0 a few minutes later when Williams lost his marker at a corner and glanced a header into the far side of the goal.

Everton: Pickford, Kenny, Holgate, Martina, Williams, Gueye, Davies, Lennon (89' Lookman), Sigurdsson, Rooney {c} (85' Baningime), Calvert-Lewin (90+1' Vlasic).
Subs not Used:

Robles, Besic, Schneiderlin, Ramirez.  

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