Everton had to come from behind to draw away at West Ham United yesterday. In a match that the hosts controlled for the most part, the visiting Blues had their chances but the tie was probably the fairest result.
Roberto Martinez made one change to the side that beat Sunderland the previous week, with Brendan Galloway in for the injured Bryan Oviedo. West Ham manager Slaven Bilic, a former Everton player, named a strong side for this game and his team responded with a solid start.
The hosts had the best part of the play for the first half an hour with Victor Moses tormenting the youngster Galloway repeatedly down Everton's left. Argentinian Manuel Lanzini put the Hammers ahead with a sweetly-struck shot into the top corner from a poor clearance after yet another Moses run after thirty minutes. There was no criticism of Tim Howard this time as there was little he could do with that sublime shot.
West Ham had only beaten Everton once in their last eighteen games, and were well-placed to make it two in nineteen after that. However, Gerard Deulofeu found Romelu Lukaku with a seeing-eye pass between the two Hammers centre halves and the Belgian rounded the goalie to finish with aplomb. Lukaku tied Everton legend Dixie Dean's record of scoring in seven straight games against the same opponent with that goal.
Both teams had opportunities for a winner in the second half, but the Blues absorbed the pressure as the game played out for a 1-1 draw.
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