West Ham and Everton in dour goalless draw

West Ham United's Cheikhou Kouyate left and Everton's Morgan Schneiderlin battle for the ball during the English Premier League soccer

Both team bosses chose to bring a goalie back from the wilderness but neither Maarten Stekelenburg nor Adrian exactly covered themselves in glory during the first quarter of an hour or were extended for the rest of the match.

"There is much work to be done before they're safe".

In the closing stages, it was Everton who began to press menacingly, perhaps buoyed by the fact they were still in the contest.

"But we are winning as a team and losing as a team".

Andy Carroll is a doubt for West Ham because of the recurrence of a groin injury, meaning Diafra Sakho could make his first start since November.

Koeman made a double substitution at half-time replacing Idrissa Gueye and Tom Davies with Gareth Barry and Ademola Lookman, but he revealed he could have made many more changes after his side's woeful first-half performance. West Ham sent Reece Oxford out on loan to Reading. Only Phil Jagielka, hit full in the face, stopped a goal-bound Lanzini shot.

Everton's Romelu Lukaku left and West Ham's Winston Reid battle for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between W
Everton's Romelu Lukaku left and West Ham's Winston Reid battle for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between W

Speaking after the match, Bilic said: "I'm really pleased with the way we played".

In fact 22 points have been shed that way this season - the most by any club.

The sports event at the London Stadium had been unrolling for about half an hour before either side registered a shot.

And the Toffees will once again look to talisman Romelu Lukaku to get the goals against West Ham today, with the Premier League's top-scorer looking to pull clear of second place Harry Kane by adding to his 24 goals this afternoon.

A lack of service was a considerable excuse, but it was not until the 60th minute that Lukaku made an attacking incursion of note. But for the Hammers defense, they hope it won't be too exciting with the brilliant Belgian Lukaku always keen to score against them.

West Ham have endured a miserable run of form, but a point helped them move away from trouble. If any team deserved three points it was us. They are one short at 38, and Hull and Swansea's victories kept them in the dogfight. They lost Dmitri Payet, they've been unable to find a consistent goalscorer that can stay fit and despite attempting to target a number of big summer signings, they were unable to pull any off. One positive thing, a clean sheet.

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