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West Ham United 0-0 Everton

By Matt DavisBBC Sport
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Everton did not have a shot on target in the match

Everton missed the chance to move into the Premier League top five as they drew against West Ham in an uninspiring encounter.

West Ham's Slaven Bilic will be the happier of the two managers as the point edges his side closer to Premier League safety on 38 points, seven clear of Swansea in 18th, with four games remaining.

After a dire first half from both sides, it took Everton until the 70th minute to register their first shot and they did not manage an effort on target in the game.

Premier League top scorer Romelu Lukaku was reduced to a passenger and was kept quiet by the Hammers' excellent three-man defence, his only effort coming from a blocked shot.

The match at the London Stadium had been underway for half an hour before either side registered a shot and even that came via a deflection.

Both sides had made changes in goal for the game, with Adrian playing his first Premier League match since 5 November for the Hammers and Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg starting for the first time since 19 December.

It was Adrian who looked the rustier of the two and he almost gifted Everton a goal on 15 minutes after miscuing a throw-in. Edimilson Fernandes threw the ball to the Spaniard, who mis-kicked it before managing to smother it before Kevin Mirallas could pounce.

West Ham defender James Collins had had the best chance of the half, heading wide from six yards out.

It was the home side who looked most like scoring after the break, but they continually wasted chances as the game petered out.

Toffees' away form a concern

Lukaku's touch map showed he endured a difficult day against the Hammers
Lukaku's touch map showed he endured a difficult day against the Hammers

Everton had the opportunity to go fifth with a win, but their poor away form continued.

Ronald Koeman's side have now won just twice on their travels in their last 13 games.

Although they enjoyed 65.4% of possession in the first half, they touched the ball only twice in the opposition's goalmouth.

Koeman tried to change things at half-time, sending on Gareth Barry and Ademola Lookman for Tom Davies and Idrissa Gueye.

It was 19-year-old Lookman who finally managed a shot for Everton, sending one wide from distance. But his efforts aside, Everton did not trouble the Hammers defence.

The big concern will have been the form of Lukaku, who leads the Premier League's scoring chart with 24 goals, but managed just three touches in the Everton box.

The one time he did get on the ball in the box he was marshalled brilliantly by Collins and it took until the 85th minute for the Toffees to send in a meaningful cross for him to attack.

Only Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, with 17 goals, has scored more often in the top five European leagues than Lukaku in 2017. However, only one of the Belgian's 14 goals this year has come away from home.

The point moved Everton into sixth, one point above Arsenal, who have played three games fewer.

Man of the match - James Collins (West Ham)

James Collins
Collins excelled in the three-man defence. He made a game-high eight clearances and five interceptions, and kept Lukaku quiet

'A lot of negatives'

Everton manager Ronald Koeman told BBC Sport: "It was really far from what we are used to, from the first minute to the last second.

"We didn't get the intensity. It was a poor performance with a lot of negatives.

"One positive is we kept a clean sheet. We like to perform to a certain level and it was far from that.

"I wasn't happy at half-time so we tried to do something. I couldn't change four, five, six or seven. But I changed two to give a signal to the team.

"We need wins now to get a chance of sixth or fifth place."

West Ham 0-0 Everton: Ronald Koeman criticises Toffees' 'poor' performance

'11 lions'

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic told BBC Sport: "I am really pleased with the performance, I could not ask any more from my players. In terms of effort, dedication and determination, they get top marks. If any team deserved three points it was us.

"To limit them to one chance requires a lot of hard work. The only bit of negativity is that I felt at moments we lacked some quality in our decision-making. We played like 11 lions, one for each other.

"We talk about the magic number of 40 [points for Premier League survival]. I think we might need a few more points, so we are not going into the last game [still in danger]."

West Ham 0-0 Everton: Slaven Bilic says Hammers deserved three points

Stalemate struggles

  • This was the first Premier League game to finish 0-0 at the London Stadium.
  • This is just the second time that these two sides have drawn 0-0 in the Premier League in 42 meetings - the other coming in March 2003 at Goodison Park.
  • Everton failed to find the net for just the second time in their last 17 Premier League games.
  • For the second time this season, Everton have failed to have a shot on target in a Premier League game - a joint-worst record with Middlesbrough.
  • This is the first time in Lukaku's Everton career that he has failed to score against West Ham - having netted in each of his previous nine appearances against the Hammers.
  • Lukaku failed to have a shot on target in this match - the third successive away game the Belgian striker has failed to do so. It is the longest run without a shot on target away from home in the Premier League.
  • Adrian kept his fourth clean sheet of the season; the same number fellow West Ham keeper Darren Randolph has kept but the Spaniard has played 10 games fewer (12 games).

What's next?

West Ham travel to Stoke on Saturday, while Everton host leaders Chelsea on Sunday, 30 April.

Line-ups

West Ham

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 13Adrián
  • 23José FonteBooked at 76mins
  • 2Reid
  • 19Collins
  • 31FernandesBooked at 33mins
  • 8KouyatéSubstituted forCresswellat 79'minutes
  • 4Nordtveit
  • 26Masuaku
  • 10Lanzini
  • 20A Ayew
  • 28CalleriSubstituted forSakhoat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Randolph
  • 3Cresswell
  • 15Sakho
  • 24Fletcher
  • 37Holland
  • 41Rice
  • 46Makasi

Everton

Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Stekelenburg
  • 30Holgate
  • 6Jagielka
  • 5WilliamsBooked at 61mins
  • 3Baines
  • 17GueyeBooked at 27minsSubstituted forLookmanat 45'minutes
  • 2Schneiderlin
  • 26DaviesSubstituted forBarryat 45'minutesBooked at 67mins
  • 8Barkley
  • 10Lukaku
  • 11MirallasSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Robles
  • 9Koné
  • 18Barry
  • 29Calvert-Lewin
  • 31Lookman
  • 38Pennington
  • 43Kenny
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
56,971

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home15
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Ham United 0, Everton 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Ham United 0, Everton 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. José Fonte (West Ham United) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Manuel Lanzini with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Manuel Lanzini.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ademola Lookman (Everton).

  7. Post update

    Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Diafra Sakho with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Phil Jagielka (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Edimilson Fernandes.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by José Fonte.

  12. Post update

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by André Ayew (West Ham United).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton).

  15. Post update

    Edimilson Fernandes (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

  17. Post update

    James Collins (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Håvard Nordtveit.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Aaron Cresswell replaces Cheikhou Kouyaté.

  20. Post update

    Ashley Williams (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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