After four straight defeats, Everton can now heave a sigh of relief after moving out of the Premier League’s relegation zone with their 2-0 victory over West Ham on Saturday.
Bernard’s early strike and a late stunner by substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson gave Maro Silva’s side a deserved victory at Goodison Park.
If there was pressure on the Everton boss, it didn’t disturb their players who played with a far greater intensity than their lacklustre visitors.
Bernard scored the decisive opening goal after 17 minutes when he wriggled free of the defence to beat Roberto from an acute angle and Everton should have gone on to enjoy a far greater winning margin far greater than two.
They hit the woodwork twice and Roberto had to make a number of saves in the West Ham goal, most notably from Tom Davies at point-blank range.
Everton are now 12 on the EPL table with 10 points from nine games while West Ham sit at number eight with 12 points from nine games.