Everton clash felt worryingly like a lost relegation six-pointer for West Ham

David Moyes, Manager of West Ham United looks on during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on November 29, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

West Ham are in real danger of the drop as defeat at Everton left the London club firmly in the relegation zone.

Everton's English midfielder Aaron Lennon (L) vies with West Ham United's Argentinian defender Pablo Zabaleta during the English Premier League football match between Everton and West Ham...

For almost 20 minutes, Everton versus West Ham United was a tight clash that looked as though it could go either way. Passes were misplaced, the game was scrappy and neither side was able to progress up the pitch without an error halting their progress.

And then Joe Hart intervened, sliding out to chop down Dominic Calvert-Lewin and making the kind of error that relegation six-pointers are decided on.

Joe Hart of West Ham United reacts during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on November 29, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

From that point onwards, nothing went for West Ham. Manuel Lanzini was denied from the spot, and a second Hart error was punished by Wayne Rooney's stunning hat-trick strike.

Either side would have been hugely concerned had they lost this game, but it is particularly worrying for the Hammers who have made their big managerial call. While Sam Allardyce may drill Everton into shape, there has been no new managerial bounce for David Moyes.

David Moyes, Manager of West Ham United looks on during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on November 29, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

With Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal up next, this was a game West Ham may well have needed to win and yet basic errors - the type that haunt a relegated team - were a constant throughout. West Ham face a real struggle this season without a stunning turn of events. The 4-0 drubbing at Everton may well turn out to be West Ham's most expensive defeat ever should relegation follow at the end of the season.

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