Soccer-Everton's Ancelotti praises 'top striker' Calvert-Lewin


Soccer Football - Premier League - West Ham United v Everton - London Stadium, London, Britain - May 9, 2021 Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin celebrates scoring their first goal Pool via REUTERS/Justin Setterfield

(Reuters) - Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti heaped praise on Dominic Calvert-Lewin after the England striker's goal gave his side a 1-0 Premier League win at West Ham United on Sunday, keeping them in the hunt for European football next season.

Calvert-Lewin latched onto a through ball from Ben Godfrey before slotting past goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski as Everton dented West Ham's hopes of a top-four finish and stayed eighth on 55 points with four games left to play.

It was his 16th league goal of the season and 21st in all competitions.

"The goal he scored today is one of a top striker," said Ancelotti.

"It's a goal where the striker prepares his movement and moves at the right time with a lot of speed and then he was cold in front of the goalkeeper."

Ancelotti said Calvert-Lewin usually relied on his instincts to score but Sunday's strike was a bit different.

"He hasn't scored a lot of goals like this. He's scored most of his goals from crosses or with one touch in the box." he added. "It was a fantastic goal in this sense."

Everton, who are three points behind fifth-placed West Ham, travel to Aston Villa on Thursday.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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