Everton's Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring his side's third goal of the game against West Ham at Goodison Park, Liverpool.
Everton's Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring his side's third goal of the game against West Ham at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Peter Byrne

Rooney stuns with strike from own half

A STUNNING strike from his own half has delivered Wayne Rooney his first hat-trick for Everton in a 4-0 thrashing of West Ham.

Scoreless in his previous four games, Rooney found the net in the 18th minute when he headed in a rebound after his penalty was saved by West Ham keeper Joe Hart.

Rooney struck again 10 minutes later at the near post, calmly finding the net from a cross.

He put the result beyond doubt in the 66th minute when he blasted a powerful strike past former England teammate Hart, who had found himself stranded outside the box after a scrambled clearance.

Ashley Williams headed into the back of the next from a corner to compound the misery for West Ham and manager David Moyes, who would be feeling the pressure with only point secured since he took over from Slaven Bilic three games ago.

As bad as the scoreline was, West Ham showed more fight in the second half and went tantalising close when Aaron Creswell hit the crossbar.

"Not good in the first half but a massive improvement at half-time. We didn't deserve that final score. Mistakes cost us,” Moyes told reporters.

"The missed penalty (at 2-0) was the turning point. It looked too difficult a challenge once we didn't score it. We never really got at it from the start. We allowed them to get a bit of confidence.”

Former England manager Sam Allardyce was in the stands ahead of his expected appointment as Everton manager to replace temporary boss David Unsworth.



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