Slaven Bilic left 'gutted' after West Ham held by Everton

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic pays tribute to his players following Saturday's goalless draw at home to Everton in the Premier League.

Victory for Everton, who have now lost just one of their last 18 league meetings with United, would have lifted them above Arsenal and Manchester United into fifth place, but as it is they climb just one point above the Gunners after playing three games more. Meanwhile, West Ham edged closer to safety as they remain in 13th place, seven off the drop zone. Indeed, the afternoon passed without so much so a sub-plot and even Romelu Lukaku, who had scored in each of his previous nine games against West Ham, was so well shackled... It is such a lack of work rate that has stopped Europe's elite making their move for a player who has consistently scored goals in England yet still fails to convince he is worth anything like the £100 million price that Everton are demanding. (We were) far away from the level at every aspect of football.


"One positive is we kept a clean sheet. We talk about the magic number of 40, I think we might need a few more points, so we are not going into the last game". The Belgian shimmied past Collins to cut in on his favoured left foot but dwindled on the ball too long as Jose Fonte was there to dispossess the forward.

Adrian has played just two cup games since losing his Premier League place and Bilic added: "We have spoken a few times, when I made a decision to drop him to give Randy a chance and then after that we have spoken a couple of times about his future".


The West Ham manager gave Randolph his chance after early- season regular Adrian was ditched following a string of mistakes. The Toffees certainly arrived in east London brimming with confidence, and with striker, Romelu Lukaku, having found the net nine times in as may appearances against the Hammers there was genuine cause for concern for the home side.

The impressive James Collins nodded Lanzini's cross wide, while the Welshman and Andre Ayew appeared to get in each other's way in front of goal as West Ham continued to create as the half drew to its conclusion.


"Diafra Sakho? We spoke about that was in the papers". Manager, Ronald Koeman, has an experienced squad to select from, with the likes of Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka at the back. Substitutes: Gareth Barry (for Davies, 45 minutes) 5, Ademola Lookman (for Gueye, 45 minutes) 6, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (for Mirallas, 71 minutes) 6.


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