First headed goal of the season, Crucial Pickford saves, Ajeti head butt on Holgate & More- Talking Points from West Ham 1-1 Everton 2020

West Ham’s second game at the London Stadium under new manager David Moyes saw them draw with Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton. Having beaten Bournemouth 4-0 earlier this month, the Hammers would’ve been hopeful of picking up a win against the Toffees, but had to settle for a point.

Here are our talking points from Saturday afternoon’s fixture.

First headed goal of the season: Issa Diop’s first half goal, which put West Ham ahead, was also the Hammers’ first headed one in the league this season. The French defender nodded home from Robert Snodgrass’ fine free kick in the 40th minute of the game. Unfortunately for West Ham, they were to concede a headed equaliser just four minutes later, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin netting for the visitors.

Crucial Pickford saves: Apart from Diop’s goal, West Ham had two glorious chances in the first half- one fell to Sebastien Haller and the other to Pablo Fornals. Pickford however was equal to the task, and his excellent reflexes ensured the score stayed 1-1, instead of potentially ending up 3-1 in favour of the home side.

First half good, second half not as much: West Ham created plenty of opportunities in the first half- their best ones all came before the interval. The only real notable chance after the break, if you could call it one, came from the Haller header on the edge of the box that forced Pickford to stumble a bit after claiming the ball.

Manuel Lanzini disappointing: The Argentine is a fine player when on form, but still hasn’t been able to hit his pre-injury heights. Earned the free kick (from a silly Delph foul) that gave West Ham the lead, but not too much otherwise.

Ajeti Holgate

Lucky Ajeti?: Alban Ajeti, sent on as a second half substitute, was involved in a tussle with Everton centre back Mason Holgate. The latter went down (albeit a tad dramatically), but replays showed that there was an attempt at an alleged backwards head butt from Ajeti. VAR chose not to penalise the Swiss striker, but several TV pundits reckoned he was a tad lucky there. Will he faced retrospective action from the FA?

David Moyes had lost five of his six previous Premier games against Everton since leaving Goodison Park, but given the Hammers’ future fixture list, would’ve targetted this as a winnable game. On the balance of play, a point was probably fair to both sides though. The Toffees, it must be remembered, traditionally have a good record against West Ham, and won the corresponding fixture last season.

This was also Darren Randolph’s second debut for the club after signing in the winter window.

West Ham 1 (Diop 40) Everton 1 (DCL 44)

Attendance: 59,915

Booked: Pablo Zabaleta (WHUFC)

WHUFC starting line up: Randolph, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Zabaleta, Fornals, Noble, Rice, Snodgrass, Lanzini, Haller


  1. Ajeti was indeed a lucky boy.

    Very disappointed with Lanzini.

    Rice was again excellent. Everton were there for the talking IMO.

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