West Ham United’s winless streak against Everton continued as the Hammers drew 1-1 at Upton Park.
The opening three minutes resulted in Everton failing to touch the ball as on loan winger Victor Moses’ side-footed effort hit the side netting in a bright start for the Hammers.
Meanwhile Everton striker Romelu Lukaku was close to latching onto Arouna Kone’s teasing cross.
England midfielder Ross Barkley’s fine turn and shot for the visitors after 15 minutes forced Adrian into his first save of the match as Roberto Martinez side kept most of the possession.
A quick free kick taken by Barkley angered the West Ham players as Kone eventually lashed his shot wide of the post with Slaven Bilic’s men unhappy with referee Paul Tierney’s decision.
However, the response was positive with left back Aaron Cresswell’s eye-catching shot with the outside of his left foot whistling past the left-hand post.
As Everton quickened the tempo, winger Gerard Deulofeu’s low cross was almost turned into the net by Adrian’s left knee.
On the half an hour mark West Ham made the breakthrough in sublime fashion. As Moses led an attack the ball fell to Argentine midfield maestro Manuel Lanzini who curled the ball past Tim Howard into the top corner from 20 yards out.
With the Hammers looking solid after they took the lead, they were dealt a sucker punch before half time as Barkely’s exquisite through pass found Lukaku who rounded Adrian and finished well to notch his seventh goal in seven games against the east Londoners.
Midfield star Dimitri Payet suffered an injury and was forced off with Enner Valencia replacing the Frenchman – but it was not a happy return for Valencia. His involvement in the game lasted just 15 minutes as he left on a stretcher after a challenge from Everton right back Seamus Coleman.
Bilic will be hoping the injury is not serious as the Ecuadorian has just returned from a serious ankle injury that ruled him out for three months.
With 14 minutes remaining, New Zealand international Winston Reid was inches away from restoring the Hammers’ lead as the centre half rose the highest to connect with a header from a Moses outswinging corner.
With five minutes to go the Hammers faithful were still confident of grabbing a late winner as the fans urged the team to put pressure on Everton.
On-loan right back Carl Jenkinson responded to the fans with a great solo run which resulted in his stabbed effort being well handled by Howard.
At the other end, Lukaku was inches away from snatching the winner as his effort from Brendan Galloway’s low cross trickled past the post.
However, no team could find the goal and West Ham saw their first home draw of the season.
West Ham: Adrian, Jenkinson, Tomkins, Reid, Cresswell; Noble ©, Kouyate; Moses, Payet (Valencia, 52) (Zarate, 71), Lanzini; Carroll (Jelavic, 88).
Subs Not Used: Randolph, Ogbonna, Cullen, Antonio.
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Stones, Funes Mori, Galloway; Deulofeu (Lennon, 84), McCarthy, Barry, Barkley; Kone (Mirallas, 65), Lukaku.
Subs: Robles, Holgate, Gibson, Osman, Naismith.