English Premier League Everton v West Ham United 16 September 2018

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West Ham United manager, Manuel Pellegrini said the 3-1 victory at Everton on Sunday that moved his side off the foot of the Premier League table was the flawless way to celebrate his 65th birthday.

Everton will be hoping to return to winning ways when they take on an out-of-form West Ham United.

However, manager Manuel Pellegrini opted to bring on Michail Antonio instead, with some reports claiming Lucas had refused to warm up.

Manuel Pellegrini Manager of West Ham United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Everton FC and West Ham United at Goodison Park
English Premier League Wrap, 16 September 2018

West Ham, who lost each of their opening four top-flight games, host London rivals Chelsea next Sunday.

Just as the Hammers were threatening to be this season's Everton they faced the Toffees at the weekend and produced an excellent display to earn themselves a 3-1 win.

Andriy Yarmolenko bagged a impressive brace and Marko Arnautovic added a third to lift the pressure on Pellegrini.

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"I have never ever refused to warm up in my whole career, let alone play a match", he tweeted.

"In my current club, the players on the bench warm up in series of three to five minutes, in continuous rotation". Me and Marko (Arnautovic) were in the thick of that in the changing room and sometimes that's what you need.

Perez - who was pictured deep in conversation with goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero and appeared irritated by the decision - has reiterated Pellegrini's comments, claiming the substitution came at a time when he was not out warming up.

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"I think that we continued playing the same way we have done, but the best thing we did here, we went for the game from the first minute, we didn't wait for Everton to go".

Manager Marco Silva will be unable to call upon £50 million summer signing Richarlison after the Brazil global picked up a red card against Watford FC.

"I called Lucas to get ready to play, but Antonio was already ready so played as I needed to make the change".

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