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THIS was a game where both teams showed much endeavour but produced little end product.
Most of West Ham’s chances fell to the hapless Sebastian Haller, who spurned them all.
First, the big striker headed wide, then saw his low drive saved by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford with his legs.
Haller then headed over, after a Declan Rice-Aaron Cresswell crossfield combination.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 39th minute, when a Robert Snodgrass free-kick on the right saw Issa Diop get in front of the defender to nod home.
The West Ham lead, though, was short-lived, as Dominic Calvert-Lewin came through a crowd of players in the area to head home a flicked-on corner.
West Ham should have retaken the lead on half-time, when Manuel Lanzini saw his header into the ground from a Snodgrass cross saved by Pickford.
Everton must have rued the absence of Richarlison, who could have provided that cutting edge. Equally, though, the absence of Felipe Anderson took away from the home side.
West Ham manager David Moyes admitted as much when he said that his side and Everton were missing a couple of their better players.
“We should have taken the opportunities in the first half,”said Moyes. “Every point is very important at the moment.”
Responding to a demonstration by some supporters before the match, Moyes was keen for them to get behind the team.
“The manager needs good support and good backing. I am happy to take responsibility and get a good team here. I can do it but I need time,” said Moyes, who said he would only sign players who would make an impact on the team now, or, who will develop into a top player in four or five years.
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti felt his side deserved a point.
“Some parts of our game were good, some not.” said Ancelotti.
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