The Hammers boss was quick to admit that his side were well beaten and were lucky not to have conceded more goals.
“By the way we played today I have to say we were lucky to get away with the 2-0,” Big Sam told official site. “There’s only one player who has been outstanding for us today and that was Jussi Jaaskelainen. He made some absolutely outstanding saves.
“I warned the players before the game what it was going to be like and it was exactly that and we simply couldn’t cope with it today. It’s always difficult coming here but this occasion made it even more difficult. And we saw that, not just by the performances of Everton players in possession, but by their performance without the ball.
“They gave us no time on the ball whatsoever. As soon as they lost it, they ran us down, they shut us down, they squeezed us and pressed us and we couldn’t get anything because of the energy they showed.”