David Moyes’ effusive touchline greeting for Carlo Ancelotti – a fist bump and squeeze to the upper arm – obscured the fact that the Italian trampled on his hopes, precisely a year ago.

Moyes coveted a return to his old Everton job when Marco Silva was sacked. He was close to getting it. But then Italian’s availability became known and that particular ship sailed. That would have been some story. 

The Everton flags flying from the lamp posts on the Walton Lane approach to Goodison Park still parade the identity as ‘the people’s club’ which Moyes gave them when using those words in his inaugural press conference at this place, 19 years ago. It was not to be.

Tomas Soucek (right) scored four minutes from time to give West Ham a 1-0 win at Everton

Tomas Soucek (right) scored four minutes from time to give West Ham a 1-0 win at Everton

Tomas Soucek (right) scored four minutes from time to give West Ham a 1-0 win at Everton

The result was David Moyes' first victory at Goodison Park since leaving Everton in 2013

The result was David Moyes' first victory at Goodison Park since leaving Everton in 2013

The result was David Moyes’ first victory at Goodison Park since leaving Everton in 2013

But whatever disappointment Moyes might have felt has been put firmly away. The Scot, who has been dealt more than his share of blows since leaving Merseyside seven years ago, instead returned to West Ham and has been assuredly rebuilding his reputation. 

This performance revealed the fact long before Tomas Soucek pounced from close range to secure the points at the death, pouring cold water on Everton’s impressive four-match winning Premier League streak

Ancelotti has been given resources beyond anything Moyes ever knew in his time here – ‘an awful of money; the owners certainly back their managers,’ as Moyes put it earlier this week – yet even the returning Richarlison could not create a threat against an impressively organised visiting team.

In their successive wins over Chelsea, Arsenal and Leicester last month, Everton could just sit back and counterpunch, though when the moment came for them to attack and dominate a game, Ancelotti’s side faced a taste of what they had dished out.

Carlo Ancelotti's Everton missed the chance to go a point behind leaders Liverpool

Carlo Ancelotti's Everton missed the chance to go a point behind leaders Liverpool

Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton missed the chance to go a point behind leaders Liverpool

MATCH FACTS AND RATINGS

Everton (4-2-3-1): Pickford 7; Coleman 6, Mina 6, Holgate 6, Godfrey 6.5; Doucoure 6, Davies 7; Richarlison 5.5, Sigurdsson 5.5 (Gomes 63 6), Bernard 6 (Rodriguez 63 6); Calvert-Lewin 5 (Tosun 79 5.5). Substitutes: Olsen, Lossi, Keane, Tosun, Nkounkou, Rodriguez, Gomes, Gordon, Branthwaite

Manager: C Ancelotti 6

West Ham (4-1-4-1): Fabianski 6.5; Coufal 6.5, Dawson 7, Ogbonna 8, Cresswell 7.5; Rice 7.5; Bowen 6.5 (Yarmolenko 73 6.5), Benrahma 6, Soucek 6.5, Fornals 6 (Lanzini 73 6) Haller 5.5 (Antonio 59). Substitutes: Randolph, Balbuena, Snodgrass, Noble, Diop, Antonio, Johnson

Manager: D Moyes 8

Referee: K Friend (Leicestershire) 7

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Angelo Ogbonna and Michael Dawson marshalled a precisely organised West Ham defence, shielded by Declan Rice – who brought the usual balance of silk and steel which could be such a gift for England in this summer’s European Championships.

Tom Davies attempted to break the defensive lines from deep for Everton and Richarlison briefly threatened to escape down the right, lifting the ball over Aaron Cresswell and haring after it, but West Ham had every situation covered.

The absence of Alex Iwobi didn’t help the home team. He has been impressive for Everton recently and Ancelotti’s players laboured – lacking the necessary pace to create surprise or force errors. 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who hasn’t scored since the Merseyside derby in October, was given no service and struggled to make any impression. He misses the injured Lucas Digne’s service from full-back, impressive and athletic though Ben Godfrey has been as replacement.

It all added up to precious few opportunities. A Bernard chest down and volley on the stroke of half-time, bringing a sharp two-handed save from Darren Randolph, diving to his right, was the game’s first attempt on target.

Moyes could have used a little more attacking creativity, too. The absence of Michail Antonio, on the bench again as he is eased back after a hamstring injury, had its effects.

Darren Randolph was drafted in after Lukasz Fabianski's warm-up injury and kept a clean sheet

Darren Randolph was drafted in after Lukasz Fabianski's warm-up injury and kept a clean sheet

Darren Randolph was drafted in after Lukasz Fabianski’s warm-up injury and kept a clean sheet

Randolph punched a long ball from Tom Davies which Seamus Coleman nearly pounced on

Randolph punched a long ball from Tom Davies which Seamus Coleman nearly pounced on

Randolph punched a long ball from Tom Davies which Seamus Coleman nearly pounced on

Said Benrahma showed for the ball frequently and displayed urgency but could not get sight of goal, or create it for Sebastian Haller. A Cresswell effort, skimming across the six-yard box, was the closest West Ham’s came to a breakthrough in the first half, though Haller was not there to lay a foot on it.

Neither could the Ivorian connect when Rice fired in a similar ball from the same flank, ten minutes into the second half, and just before the hour mark, Antonio arrived to replace him.

A Cresswell free-kick from the right brought an athletic save from Pickford, twisting to claw the ball away and Everton’s grip on the match drifted terribly. Pablo Fornals miscued a header from Jarrod Bowen’s cross that ought to have put West Ham ahead. Antonio brought another save from Pickford.

Jordan Pickford punched away Aaron Cresswell's effort as West Ham improved after half-time

Jordan Pickford punched away Aaron Cresswell's effort as West Ham improved after half-time

Jordan Pickford punched away Aaron Cresswell’s effort as West Ham improved after half-time

So barely beyond the hour mark, Ancelotti sent in the cavalry: a double substitution which introduced James Rodriguez for his first appearance since early December. The Italian had employed some sleight of hand, categorically insisting beforehand that the Colombian would not have recovered from a calf injury for this match. He made little impact after the big reveal.

In the stand, Moyes’ assistant Stuart Pearce demanded more from West Ham and both Andriy Yarmolenka and Manuel Lanzini were introduced in a double substitution which suggested that both sides felt they could secure the late win.

The breakthrough was no great surprise. Yarmolenka fed Tomas Soucek, whose shot brought another powerful double-handed save from Pickford. But his parry sent the ball straight to Cresswell, whose firm, crisp shot across the area, left to right, was diverted in at close range by Soucek, played onside by Godfrey.

Everton brought on James Rodriguez in the second-half but still struggled to create chances

Everton brought on James Rodriguez in the second-half but still struggled to create chances

Everton brought on James Rodriguez in the second-half but still struggled to create chances

Pablo Fornals missed a big chance to give West Ham the lead by heading a free header wide

Pablo Fornals missed a big chance to give West Ham the lead by heading a free header wide

Pablo Fornals missed a big chance to give West Ham the lead by heading a free header wide

Soucek, impressive all season, was a Moyes buy – typical of the kind of players he used to snap up for Everton, where he built at least four good teams.

The win is surely one the Scot’s sweetest of the difficult years since he left for Manchester United. Everton’s tally of 29 points before this game was one short of their highest after 15 matches of a Premier League season, set in 2004-05 under Moyes’ management. The club’s 16th game of that campaign brought another victory. Ancelotti has been prevented from matching that.

Moyes preferred to reflect last night on West Ham, of course. The win maintains the club’s tenth place and takes them within three points of fourth-placed Everton. It’s some renaissance for their manager.

Soucek tapped in the winner late on after Yerry Mina deflected Aaron Cresswell's fierce shot

Soucek tapped in the winner late on after Yerry Mina deflected Aaron Cresswell's fierce shot

Soucek tapped in the winner late on after Yerry Mina deflected Aaron Cresswell’s fierce shot

 Sportsmail’s SAM BLITZ was on the live blog of Everton vs West Ham with score, lineups and build-up…

 

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