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Last Updated:  Saturday, 15 March, 2003, 16:56 GMT
Hammers hold Everton
Everton's Steve Watson challenges West Ham's Trevor Sinclair
West Ham worked hard to shut down Everton
Everton 0-0 West Ham

West Ham's mini-revival continued with a hard-earned draw at Everton's Goodison Park.

The Premiership strugglers have now taken 10 points from a possible 12 as they fight to preserve their Premiership status.

Bolton's win at Sunderland means the Hammers remain in the relegation zone, but Glenn Roeder will be happy with his team's showing.

Everton's point could prove vital in their Champions League quest, but boss David Moyes will be disappointed with his team's lacklustre display.

Despite a 40,000-plus crowd, the atmosphere was surprisingly subdued and chances were few and far between.

A cross in the first minute from the left by Thomas Gravesen instantly exposed West Ham's problems in the air at the back.

Tomasz Radzinski got there first, but his crisp header was directed straight at David James.

3 mins: Tomasz Radzinski heads straight at James
47 mins: Everton's Alan Stubbs nearly deflects the ball into his own goal
80 mins: Stubbs heads narrowly wide

Two corners from Michael Carrick and some clever work by Joe Cole out on the right at least showed the visitors were capable of troubling the Everton backline.

The home side dominated much of the first-half possession but created few chances.

West Ham worked hard to shut down their opponents, with Steve Lomas and Trevor Sinclair working hard on the flanks to keep Gary Naysmith and Steve Watson's runs in check.

The Hammers managed their first shot on goal on 41 minutes when Les Ferdinand took down a long James clearance and turned well before hooking his shot wide from 20 yards.

The nearest either side came to breaking the deadlock came within minutes of the restart when Alan Stubbs nearly deflected Glen Johnson's cross into his own goal.

Minutes later Trevor Sinclair found himself through on goal following a wild clearance by David Weir, but the midfielder's fierce shot was well saved by Richard Wright.

Ten minutes into the second half and Moyes had seen enough as strikers Kevin Campbell and Wayne Rooney and midfielder Li Tie were introduced.

Everton switched to three up front and immediately put West Ham under pressure, with Radzinski forcing James into a plunging save.

But West Ham hit back and hard work by Cole set up Carrick for a drive over the bar.

The visitors endured a nervous last 10 minutes as Rooney and Stubbs both came close to snatching the win, but Roeder's men held on for the point.

Everton: Wright, Hibbert, Weir, Stubbs, Unsworth, Watson, Gemmill (Li Tie 55), Gravesen, Naysmith (Campbell 55), Radzinski, McBride (Rooney 55).
Subs Not Used: Yobo, Gerrard.

Booked: Gravesen, Hibbert.

West Ham: James, Johnson, Repka, Pearce, Brevett, Sinclair, Lomas, Carrick, Cole (Cisse 86), Les Ferdinand (Dailly 83), Defoe.
Subs Not Used: Breen, Moncur, Van Der Gouw.

Attendance: 40,158.

Referee: M Halsey (Lancashire).

BBC Five Live's Stuart Hall
"No thought, no rhythm, nil style"



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