Dominic Calvert-Lewin has dedicated Everton’s win over West Ham on Sunday to their late chairman Bill Kenwright.
, a few months after he was diagnosed with liver cancer.
The lifelong Evertonian became a board member at Goodison Park in 1989, later becoming chairman in 2004.
In their first game since his passing, the Toffees travelled to West Ham and claimed a deserved 1-0 win, courtesy of Calvert-Lewin’s strike early in the second-half.
‘No one was prepared for what happened this week and it’s saddened everybody at the club,’ the England striker told Sky Sports post-match.
‘That one was for Bill, he would have been proud watching us today, proud of the way we one more, to get the lead and then dig in. It was a very good day.’
As has been the case at all Premier League games this weekend, tributes were paid to Kenwright and Sir Bobby Charlton pre-match, following the death of the Manchester United and England legend last Saturday.
‘A very sad week for different reasons. Not easy to get a result of course but befitting to get the win today for the sad loss of the chairman and for his family.
‘We edged it. We weren’t magnificent but we edged it. What glued the performance together if the energy and the commitment to the cause.’
As it stands, the win has moved Everton up to 15th in the table, five points clear of the relegation zone, after 10 games, and are next in action on Wednesday night against Burnley in the Carabao Cup.
West Ham meanwhile stay ninth and host London rivals Arsenal in the cup on the same night.
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