The assertion that form is temporary while class is permanent was given further credence on Wednesday when Wayne Rooney roared back to life with a sumptuous hat trick for Everton.

The Toffees were shining like diamonds in their 4-0 win over West Ham.

Rooney had been quiet in recent games and the team was living dangerously around the relegation zone.

However, it was a different ball game in the midweek Premier League clash at Goodison as Rooney reignited his old self and provided three goals; including one that he scored from his own half.

The display by Rooney was heartwarming for caretaker manager, David Unsworth who is set to give way for the newly appointed Sam Allardyce.

Unsworth while speaking on the morale boosting win over the Hammers said Rooney is just a phenomenal player and captain at Everton for a reason.

"It's a great night, not for me but for the club. Every player was committed," Unsworth told BBC Sport. "I asked them to be men tonight. If you can stand up there and fight in times of trouble, that says a lot.

"Great hat-trick, great display from Wayne. He was captain for a reason. I'm delighted for the club. I took over when we were in the bottom three and we've got out of it in six weeks.

"We expect more. The players have shown tonight that when they are confident, we can keep clean sheets and score goals. Goodison must be a fortress for the rest of the season if we are to finish in the top half.

The result sees Everton, who will soon be managed by Allardyce, climb to 13th in the Premier League table.

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