Defender reveals how West Ham stopped Lukaku

It's because the club drew against West Ham in a boring encounter.

SLAVEN BILIC is ready to drop goalkeeper Darren Randolph after he cocked up in last week's 2-2 draw at Sunderland.

As well as a return to their normal standing; between the 2006/07 and 2013/14 season the club finished no higher than five and no lower than eight.

Modest to a fault, Reid played his part too as he marked Lukaku and stepped in with a couple of impressive interceptions to stop the big man in his tracks.

Lookman, who had looked bright since coming off the bench, produced Everton's first real chances of the game after 71 minutes. That pipe dream will be denied due to Everton not winning away from Goodison Park since January.

It made little change to the balance of play, as West Ham pushed on again. Everton: Maarten Stekelenburg 6, Mason Holgate 5, Ashley Williams 6, Phil Jagielka 6, Leighton Baines 6, Morgan Schneiderlin 6, Idrissa Gueye 5, Tom Davies 5, Kevin Mirallas 5, Ross Barkley 5, Romelu Lukaku 5.

"We are pretty well covered in that position, we have quality and we have experience, but we will see".

"Diafra Sakho? We spoke about that was in the papers".

The Toffees remain winless on the road since Boxing Day and failed to register a single shot on target at the London Stadium.

Romelu Lukaku scored his Premier League-leading 24th goal of the season as Everton went on to win 3-1.

He was anonymous in the first 45 minutes, though admittedly had little service provided.

The Hammers may be without Carroll for the visit of the in-form Toffees, but Bilic did confirm that defender Winston Reid is back in contention after recovering from an abductor problem.

Not that Lukaku's level of application was unstinting.

Meanwhile, frustrated Everton manager, Ronald Koeman said: "I'm disappointed about the performance this afternoon".

Michail Antonio believes West Ham are just a handful of new signings away from challenging for European football next season.

  • Julie Sanders