Manuel Lanzini explains the turning point in Everton v West Ham

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West Ham came from two goals down to defeat Everton 3-2.

Speaking to the official West Ham website, Manuel Lanzini has explained what the turning point was in the Hammers' victory over Everton on Saturday.

Lanzini said: “I am not sure if we really deserved to be 2-0 down, but I am delighted that we were able to turn it around and to take home the three points. The turning point was the penalty, because if we had fallen three behind, it would have been almost impossible to get back into the game. We knew we needed one chance to be able to at least draw the game, and luckily for us, Adrian saved the penalty which offered us that chance.”

Adrian kept out a poor penalty by Romelu Lukaku, which would have extended Everton’s lead to three goals - despite being down to 10 men.

The save came just 10 minutes before Michail Antonio pulled one back for the Hammers with a powerful header, with Everton conceding from another header three minutes later through Diafra Sakho.

The game looked to be heading to a draw, especially with Roberto Martinez substituting on Gareth Barry with just minutes left, but the Toffees still found time to concede again - with Dimitri Payet netting an injury time winner after some shoddy defending.

Lanzini believes it was the penalty save which was the turning point in the game, and it was the capping of a great performance by Adrian.

That save showed the outfield players that they had another chance to get back into the game, and they drastically improve their performance following the spot kick miss.

The win for West Ham moved them to within one point of the top four, and they are two points clear of sixth place thanks to Manchester United winning.

Dreams of qualifying for the Europa League - or even the Champions League - are starting to look like reality.

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