West Ham picked up their first Premier League win of the season and the first points this term.

After four consecutive losses in the league, West Ham reversed their fortunes with a victory over Everton.

At Goodison Park, where West Ham have traditionally struggled, the Hammers put in a great shift, winning 3-1.

Andriy Yarmolenko scored twice in his first Premier League start and Marko Arnautovic grabbed West Ham’s other.

The game had threatened to swing back in Everton’s favour when Gylfi Sigurdsson made it 2-1 on the stroke of half-time. But the Irons restored their two-goal advantage and saw the game out for all three points.

Here are four talking points from the game, focusing on two areas to improve and two positives.

Shaky at the back?

during the Premier League match between Everton FC and West Ham United at Goodison Park on September 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Although West Ham won the game, there were a few hairy moments at the back.

Yet again, there was no clean sheet and Everton could have scored more than one goal on another day.

Lukasz Fabianski made a few good saves and overall, Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena impressed in central defence.

But Everton still looked dangerous going forward. Cenk Tosun spurned a couple of gilt-edged chances and Oumar Niasse struck the crossbar from close range.

The worry is that Eden Hazard will run riot against the West Ham full-backs, who were often caught out by the likes of Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott.

West Ham need to improve at the back and start keeping clean sheets to progress.

 

New system works well

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Fans of West Ham United celebrate after Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United scores a goal to make it 1-3 during the Premier League match between Everton FC and West Ham United at Goodison Park on September 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

After four straight losses, Manuel Pellegrini abandoned his trusted 4-2-3-1 formation. Instead, he opted for an extra central midfielder in a new-look 4-3-3 system.

This worked wonders for the Irons. With three in midfield, Everton struggled to break through the middle of the park and the front three caused the Toffees’ defence all sorts of problems.

This should definitely be the preferred system moving forward.

Is there a striker crisis?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United confronts fourth official David Coote during the Premier League match between Everton FC and West Ham United at Goodison Park on September 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Once again, Arnautovic produced the goods for the Hammers. But the physical Austrian striker had to be substituted shortly after scoring his goal.

Javier Hernandez missed the game through injury so the options were natural wingers Lucas Perez or Michail Antonio.

Rumours suggested that Perez refused to warm up, although Pellegrini has since dismissed those claims.

If Arnie has a long-term injury, that is a real concern for the Hammers.

New signings start to gel

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Andriy Yarmolenko of West Ham United celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Everton FC and West Ham United at Goodison Park on September 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

West Ham’s new signings have started to find their rhythm. Yarmolenko was sensational, scoring two goals in the first 30 minutes to send West Ham on their way.

The Ukraine international is not yet fully fit but has a wonderful left boot and had a great game.

Felipe Anderson on the other wing was inspired in the second half. Although he was anonymous for much of the first period, his ability to carry the ball up the field and relieve pressure earned West Ham precious minutes of not defending.

With added end product, the Brazilian could start to show his worth.

Moreover, Diop and Balbuena are growing in confidence with each game, while Fabianski had another good game between the sticks.

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