Former Arsenal star and current Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has claimed that West Ham would have secured at least a draw from the clash with Everton if they had scored their second half penalty.
The Hammers were already 2-0 down at Goodison Park when substitute striker Diafra Sakho was brought down by a clumsy tackle from Ashley Williams, but saw Manuel Lanzini’s low penalty saved by Jordan Pickford.
The Toffees went on to score another two goals to secure a 4-0 win, Wayne Rooney adding to his first half double and completing his hat trick with a stunning first time volley from inside his own half, while Williams rounded off the scoring with a header past Joe Hart from a corner.
However, despite Everton dominating for the majority of the game, Merson made the shock claim that David Moyes and his men would have been leaving Merseyside with at least a point had Lanzini converted from the spot, having been mightily impressed with their second half performance.
He told Sky Sports (29/11): “If the penalty goes in it’s a game changer, I think West Ham get something out of the game.
“They come out second half and it is all West Ham. Second half they were really good but we see it every Saturday.
“It’s the easiest thing in the world, to play at 2-0 down, you’ve got nothing to lose, the shackles are off.”
The Hammers have got a tough run of fixtures coming over the next couple of weeks, with a visit to league leaders Manchester City followed by home ties against Chelsea and Arsenal, and Merson believes they will be happy if they get a point out of those three fixtures.
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