Hammers held by Everton

West Ham drew 1-1 at home against Everton, with Manuel Lanzini's first-half strike cancelled out by Romelu Lukaku.

  • West Ham 1-1 Everton
  • Lanzini puts hosts in front
  • Lukaku equalises before half time
  • No goals in the second half
  • West Ham drop down to fifth

Match Summary

Defensive errors at both ends nearly resulted in early goals, but the danger was averted on each occasion.

Lanzini would score the opener for West Ham after half an hour, but Everton equalised through Lukaku just before the break.

Both teams went in search of a winner in the second half, but there were no further goals and the game ended in a draw.

Full Report

Victor Moses almost put the hosts up in the third minute after Brendan Galloway slipped and lost possession, but the Nigerian professional could only find the side netting.

Shortly after, it was West Ham goalkeeper Adrian's turn to commit a defensive error, making a hash of his attempt to punch away Arouna Kone's cross. Lukaku very nearly pounced, but the Spanish keeper recovered to contain the danger.

Both sides continued to create chances, with Ross Barkley slicing a shot wide before Kone came close with a quickly-taken free kick.

Aaron Cresswell had an effort at the other end that was inches wide of the upright.

West Ham kept pressing, and they would have their reward on the half-hour mark when a rebounded shot arrived straight at the feet of Lanzini, who fired his effort into the top corner to make it 1-0.

The visitors did not lie down, however, and would grab an equaliser shortly before half-time, Deulofeu creating the opening for Lukaku, who showed brilliant composure to round Adrian before stroking the ball into an empty net.

The second half proved far less eventful than the first, and the first real chance only arrived in the 73rd minute when Winston Reid's towering header from a corner kick went over the bar.

A winner looked unlikely from either side, but Lukaku did have a great opportunity to seal victory four minutes from time after running onto a superb pass from Galloway.

Thankfully for the home fans, the Belgian striker sent his attempt just wide and the points were shared.

The result sees West Ham drop down to fifth on the table, with Everton moving up to eighth.