West Ham went back to basics with a hard-working midfield to record their first Premier League win of the season, according to Danny Gabbidon.
The Hammers stunned Marco Silva's Everton with a 3-1 win at Goodison Park thanks to goals from a Andriy Yarmolenko double and a goal from Marko Arnautovic.
Gylfi Sigurdsson's header had given Everton hope when he reduced the deficit to one just before half-time but West Ham were not to be denied, taking all three points back to West Ham on Manuel Pellegrini's 65th birthday.
And Gabbidon, who spent six years at West Ham, reckons it was simply work-rate that lifted the club off the bottom of the table.
"It doesn't matter what team you are in the league, whether you're Man City or whether you're a team down the bottom, you have to do those fundamentals, those basics," Gabbidon told Ian Stone's Comedy Breakfast.
"You have to work hard for each other, put in the shift for each other, particularly away from home. With the quality that they've got going forward, they were always going to score goals.
"It was a vastly improved performance and a needed win with a couple of difficult games coming up on the back of yesterday."
The result means Everton have just six points from their first five games, although they both out-shot and out-passed West Ham at Goodison yesterday.
And club legend Leon Osman, also a guest on Ian Stone's Comedy Breakfast, reckons he is already ahead of his predecessor because of the football he is playing despite having fewer points at the same stage of their respective Everton careers.
"Sam Allardyce got a lot of criticism when he came in last season but it wasn't those first five games he was getting criticised for, it was the following 15!" Osman said.
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"When you first come into a club, usually you get a little bit of reaction and Sam is fantastic at getting that from his teams and yes, it looked positive at that point but there was no progression.
"Every game seemed the same. This has turned into a pretty average start for Marco Silva after a potentially good one, but despite that there is progression, you can see patterns of play within the team, you can see little things that they're trying.
"It hasn't always paid off but that's always something that happens slowly when you're a new manager taking over a new team, seeing your patterns of play work on the field.
"But as fans, me personally, I can see them happening and that's the positive."
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