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West Ham and Everton in dour goalless draw

25 April 2017

West Ham held Europa League-chasing Everton to a boring 0-0 Premier League draw on Saturday.

The main threat to the Hammers will have been striker Romelu Lukaku, with the Belgian now the scoring charts along with the devastating fact he had scored in the last nine meetings with the Stratford club.

And they produced the better chances but it proved to be a frustrating afternoon for Bilic and his side.

"It can happen. It was a slow start".

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Premier League top marker Romelu Lukaku was decreased to a traveler and was kept quiet by the Hammers' exceptional three-man defence, his only effort originating from a blocked shot.

The result sees Everton (16-8-10) remain in seventh place on 58 points, while West Ham (10-16-8) stay in 13th on 38 points.

It actually took Everton until the 70th minute after the first half from both sides to register their first shot.

The Belgium global spoke about his desire to play in the Champions League and questioned Everton's ambition to challenge for titles in an interview in March, sparking fears that he could leave the club in the summer.

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West Ham have been extremely disappointing since the start of March. I might miss the first week, but I'll hopefully be back for the rest of it. The Hammers have managed to get only four of a possible 21 points.

Then four minutes before the break, Everton were again forced into some desperate defending after a goalmouth scramble that followed Lanzini's free-kick.

Having been run ragged by Lanzini for much of the first-half, Tom Davies and Idrissa Gueye were replaced by Ademola Lookman and Gareth Barry for the second half.

'He has given me the opportunity to play games and given me the freedom to do what I do on the pitch, ' Antonio said.

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The winger's long-range effort flew wide, but he quickly followed that up with a rising shot struck from the edge of the penalty area that nearly tested Adrian.

West Ham and Everton in dour goalless draw