Andriy Yarmolenko scored two goals in his first start for West Ham, as he climbed to the bottom of the English Premier League table with a 3-1 victory against Everton on Sunday. It was the Hammers' first victory in the league under Manuel Pellegrini, whose four previous high-level games in charge of the East London club earlier this season had ended in defeat. This victory at Goodison Park also catapulted West Ham out of the last three. Chilean boss Pellegrini, who celebrated his 65th birthday on Sunday, spent 100 million pounds ($ 129 million) with nine new signings at the London Stadium in the closed season.
But that had been the bad start to the new Hammer campaign, which was already asking questions about the long-term employment prospects of the former Manchester City manager.
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"It's easy to say we were going to change, but I was absolutely convinced that this is the way," said Pellegrini, who said his birthday was "last" in his mind, he told Sky Sports.
"We scored goals and we always tried to keep scoring goals, I saw the players working every day of the week … I'm convinced and the players are convinced."
Ukrainian striker Yarmolenko, one of Pellegrini's new signings, gave his manager a break in Merseyside with a double hit that put the visitors 2-0 just after half an hour of play.
Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a goal in injury time in the first half before Marko Arnautovic restarted West Ham's two-goal lead in the 61st minute when Everton suffered their first defeat under Marco Silva.
"We do not play with enough quality to win the game," Silva told the BBC. "It's a difficult result for us."
It took West Ham just 11 minutes to break the deadlock when a long ball outside the defense was too much for Everton.
Arnautovic disinterestedly shot the ball to Yarmolenko, who shot from close range.
And the fans outside had a second goal to celebrate when Yarmolenko doubled the Hammers' lead in the 31st minute.
Poor pass by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford gave him possession of West Ham in a dangerous area and Yarmolenko, cutting from the right flank, defeated two defenders before putting a left-footed shot in the top corner from the edge of the box.
But just when it seemed that West Ham would enjoy a 2-0 lead at halftime, Everton cheered when Sigurdsson drove home with an excellent cross from Jonjoe Kenny.
Everton squandered several opportunities to equalize and had to pay when Pedro Obiang put the ball in his box and slid the ball towards Arnautovic, who passed a shot to Pickford.