No matter how a season goes, it is always good to close it out with a win. And West Ham United did indeed do just that, with a 3-1 victory over Everton on season finale Sunday at the London Stadium.
Two goals from Manuel Lanzini and a powerful latest finish from Marko Arnautovic were enough to give David Moyes the win and place the Hammers over the 40 point mark, as questions persist over whether Moyes will be the manager come the start of the 2018-19 season.
It was a well deserved lead for West Ham after clearly being the better side in the half, with Lanzini finishing well on his weaker foot following slack Everton defending, and a good enough pass from Arnautovic, in the 39th minute.
The Hammers would then take a 2-0 lead well into the second half, with Arnautovic produced his latest highlight. The Hammer of the Year ripped a thunderbolt shot that Jordan Pickford could not deal with in the 63rd minute. Sam Allardyce’s side put the game back into question when Oumar Niasse finished in the 74th minute when the Hammers failed to clear a corner to make it 2-1.
But West Ham would restore their two goal advantage when Lanzini capped off his season with a fine right footed curler that Pickford again could not bring his best to save.
It’s a nice closing mark on what was tumultuous season for the Hammers, and will give Moyes an encouraging last example to show the owning Davids, Gold and Sullivan, that he deserves the job permanently. We shall see how it goes, but it is thankfully a nice way to close a largely forgettable 2017-18 season for West Ham United.