Hammers celebrate Reid’s 200th appearance with shutout against Everton

West Ham produced a solid defensive performance to keep a clean sheet and pick up a point against European hopefuls Everton at the London Stadium today afternoon.

Everton’s record against West Ham was a historically good one- they’ve had more wins in the last ten years against the Hammers than against any other opposition and Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku had scored in all of his nine previous appearances against WHUFC.

This match, and West Ham’s resoluteness in defence could be summed up by Ronald Koeman’s post match interview statement stating that he would have subbed off ten players at half time if he was allowed to. That was testament to how well West Ham’s back three, featuring Reid, Collins and Jose Fonte, performed as a unit (the first time since the Palace game that Bilic opted for a back three). Romelu Lukaku was kept very, very quiet and in a rather stunning stat- Everton had 0 (Yes ZERO) shots on target in the WHOLE game.

Complementing the back three were wing backs Arthur Masuaku and Edimilson Fernandes (the latter’s first start at RWB since Chelsea), both with similar hair cuts, that made it appear that they were EVERYWHERE.

Adrian returned in goal after 22 games, with Bilic having had enough of Darren Randolph after his gaffe gifted Borini a late equaliser at home against Sunderland.

The Spaniard, linked with a switch back to his native land in the summer, had a good game, with the exception being one poor back pass by Fernandes that he nearly botched up in his attempt to clear, but recovered in time to claim the ball ahead of the advancing Kevin Mirallas.

With Andy Carroll ruled out of the game, Bilic gave Jonathan Calleri his first start and the Argentine was given an hour of playing time before being replaced by Diafra Sakho.

There were some great skills on show by Masuaku and Lanzini, with the former showing why he’s kept Aaron Cresswell on the bench and the latter producing a delicious little Rabona cross.

Havard Nordtveit had a solid game protecting the back three alongside Cheikhou Kouyate. When Cresswell replaced Kouyate, he was put at right wing back, instead of Masuaku being moved out of position.

A solid, solid performance- one to be very proud of defensively against a team as good as Everton- probably West Ham’s best defensive game of the season so far- is 3 at the back the way to go against Stoke next week too?

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