West Ham were well beaten by Everton.
The Hammers headed into the game after a 4-0 thumping of Wolves in the Premier League at the weekend, looking to build momentum ahead of this weekend’s clash with Leicester City.
But they were they shipped four this time around, turning in an execrable performance in Merseyside that never really saw Everton challenged.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin was in exceptional form, as he has been all season, and he terrorised an Irons defence that included Declan Rice at centre-back, scoring a hat-trick.
Calvert-Lewin opened the scoring after 11 minutes, brilliantly controlling a Michael Keane ball forward and calmly finishing past Darren Randolph, who had rushed off his line.
There weren’t many more chances for either side in the first half – Everton scored again but saw it ruled out for offside – and Robert Snodgrass equalized a minute into the second half, curling an excellent effort beyond Jordan Pickford.
That could have been the catalyst for a comeback but instead, Everton were back in front on 55 minutes, Richarlison taking aim from range and seeing his effort deflect off Rice and into the back of the net.
Sebastien Haller had the best Hammers chance to equalise, trying an overhead kick that was saved by Pickford.
And Calvert-Lewin scored his second on 77 minutes, tapping home after Alex Iwobi hit the post.
He completed the scoring, and his hat-trick, just five minutes later, rounding off a disappointing display for the Irons, and sending them packing from the competition.
West Ham play Leicester this weekend. Much improvement is needed.