West Ham and Everton grind out goalless draw

Neither team merited more than a single point as West Ham and Everton produced a dull goalless draw at the London Stadium on Saturday.

  • West Ham United 0 Everton 0
  • Few chances for either side

Match Summary

There was little of note in the first half, as Hammers midfielder Havard Nordtveit had the first shot on target half an hour in while goalkeeper Adrian almost created the best chance of the half for the opposition with an ill-advised extra touch before clearing.

The second half was similarly lacking in chances and excitement, which may not be enough for the Toffees to secure Europa League football for next season.

Full Report

There were few chances in the first half, with home keeper Adrian almost gifting Romelu Lukaku the best chance of the opening half an hour when he took an extra touch before clearing. 

The first shot on goal took until the half hour mark when Nordtveit had two bites at it, the first getting blocked before his follow-up effort was gathered by Maarten Stekelenburg after making its way through a forest of legs. A couple of minutes later and Cheikhou Kouyate fired wide from long range.

Toffees boss Ronald Koeman was clearly less than impressed with what he saw in the first half as he made a switch for the second period, bringing on Gareth Barry and Ademola Lookman for Idrissa Gueye and Tom Davies.

Manuel Lanzini tested the deadlock with a low effort in the 73rd minute that forced Stekelenburg to make the save, but it was a rare threat in a match lacking ingenuity from either side.

Jose Fonte had a late half-chance from a corner as he met it at the far post and managed to get a downwards, bouncing header on target, but it was straight into the hands of Stekelenburg.