Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick, including an incredible shot from his field, while Everton beat West Ham 4-0 David Moyes at Goodison Park, while new boss Sam Allardyce looked at stands.
Captain Rooney Night produced the sublime effort, in the long run, bringing back memories of his famous goal against West Ham for Manchester United in 2014, to complete his 66-minute hat-trick.
The first goal of the 32-year-old’s night was held on 18 minutes when he led the follow-up after Joe Hart saved his penalty and scored the second 10 minutes later.
Jordan Pickford saved Manuel Lanzini’s absence just before the hour, and after Rooney’s outrageous effort from a distance, Ashley Williams added a header with 12 minutes of normal for the last time.
All served for a quite miserable former boss Everton Moyes and a great satisfaction for Acting Director David Unsworth Toffees, who celebrated the second win of his season at night.
And Allardyce, sitting next to Everton’s main shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, and President Bill Kenwright, surely he gave a big boost in what he saw hours after the club announced he was going to finalize the terms to become their new director.
The man who guided Sunderland and Crystal Palace to safety in the last two seasons is set to confirm as Everton’s leader with the Reds in thirteenth place in the Premier League, this victory has risen from post 17 and five-point zone downhill
West Ham remains eighteenth, not winning in seven league games and has taken three points so far under the command of Moyes, who has lost five of five meetings with Everton since he left in 2013.
In the first fifteen minutes of competition things, he was wide enough both on and off the field, but that changed when Hart dropped Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the box and referee Michael Oliver got the square.
Rooney saw his 12-yard attempt defeated by former England teammate Hart, but he reacted quickly to nod.
Rooney doubled the lead by receiving the ball from Tom Davies’ pass and sent a quiet shot into the net.
There were nerves for Everton early in the second half, first when Aaron Cresswell hit a shot on the crossbar, then when Williams’ challenge on Diafra Sakho got Oliver to award another penalty.
But Pickford who also saved a penalty against Atalanta last week repeated the lap of denying Lanzini, and shortly thereafter Rooney sent Goodison ecstasy scoring his eighth goal of the season dramatically, in line with the Hart permission in the center circle and send the ball directly to the net.
Williams then finished things when he converted from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s corner.