By Paddy Boyland
Everton continued their poor form on the road as they were held to a drab 0-0 draw with West Ham at the London Stadium.
Despite several noticeable absentees, the injury-ravaged hosts produced a battling performance against Ronald Koeman’s side, having the lion’s share of the best chances in a game low on quality.
Ademola Lookman went close late on, but in truth a draw was the most the below-par Blues deserved from their trip to the capital.
Here’s how the men in yellow rated.
Maarten Stekelenburg- 5
Brought back into the side after a string of errors from Joel Robles, and made inauspicious start as he flapped at an early corner. Little else of note to do, so will probably keep his place for the visit of Chelsea.
Mason Holgate- 6
Afforded the most space by a West Ham side that saturated the centre of the park, but rarely looked like influencing the game in the final third save for one dangerous cross towards the end. Couple of delightful cross-field passes in the closing stages, though.
Phil Jagielka- 6
Once again the pick of the central defensive pair. Brilliant block to deny Lanzini at the start of the second period. Rest seems to have done him some good, as he’s now refreshed and performing consistently again.
Ashley Williams- 4
Put off his rhythm by West Ham’s high press, sending hurried balls forward and surrendering possession. One bizarre first-half header almost resulted in a West Ham goal and a foul on Kouyate presented the hosts with a great opportunity on the edge of the box with just over an hour gone. Sloppy and clumsy.
Leighton Baines- 6
Perhaps the brightest spark in a disjointed opening period, the left-back surged forward regularly and engaged in some smart combination play at times.
Idrissa Gueye- 4
Reckless in the challenge and easily beaten by Lanzini on occasion. Simply must do better in possession. Doesn’t bode well that he was subbed at half-time for the second consecutive week.
Morgan Schneiderlin- 5
A strong physical presence in the Blues’ midfield. Competed well but didn’t offer his usual composure on the ball.
Tom Davies- 4
Ragged first-half performance featuring far too many sloppy losses of possession. Hooked at half-time- and rightly so.
Ross Barkley- 5
Always tried to create, even if little actually came off. Decision-making awry, but did at least commit defenders as the game wore on.
Kevin Mirallas- 4
Limp showing where he was often on the fringes of play. May have to content himself with a place on the bench for Chelsea as a result.
Romelu Lukaku- 4
Isolated, bullied and unable to continue great scoring run against the Hammers. Drifted wide in an attempt to create but only resulted in leaving Everton without a focal point. Needed more support.
Gareth Barry- 4
Brought on to turn the tide, yet didn’t ever really do so. Booked again. Quelle surprise.
Ademola Lookman- 6
Added spark in final third. Direct, good touch but pushed off the ball very easily at times.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin- N/A