West Ham United v Everton
West Ham United Women 0-0 Everton Women
Barclays FA Women's Super League
Sunday 25 April 2021
West Ham United fought hard against a tough Everton side to claim a vital point with a 0-0 draw in the Barclays FA Women's Super League.
The Hammers had the better of the chances at Victoria Road as Martha Thomas went close on a number of occasions, including heading onto the woodwork in the second half.
The point means that West Ham remain in ninth place in the WSL table, two points ahead of bottom side Bristol City.
Olli Harder elected to make two changes from Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Aston Villa. Thomas returned to the starting XI, taking the place of Laura Vetterlein who dropped to the bench. Maz Pacheco also came into the team, as she replaced the injured Katerina Svitkova.
The Hammers almost made the best possible start in the sunshine, as Grace Fisk made firm contact with a fierce corner from Kenza Dali, her header landing narrowly wide of the right-hand post.
The pressure continued for West Ham in the opening moments, as Dagny Brynjarsdottir was next to go close with a header from another Dali corner routine.
A close-range effort from Jill Scott whistled over the crossbar and away for the away side, in what proved an action-packed opening five minutes in the capital.
Everton came close again to opening the scoring moments later, as a ball squared across the face of goal was just too far in front of forward Valerie Gauvin.
The pace of the game slowed, however, as both teams looked to get to grips with a difficult surface at Victoria Road.
However, after 20 minutes, Thomas worked a wonderful opportunity for herself. After a mistake in the Toffees midfield, the Scotland forward slipped by Rikke Sevecke before firing narrowly wide of the target - a let-off for the visitors and a sign of intent from the home side.
The pressure continued on the Everton goal. This time, a beautifully worked sequence of passes between Brynjarsdottir and Thomas set up Dali for a strike, but her effort was blocked by Wold.
Courtney Brosnan was called into action with 33 minutes on the clock. Abby-Leigh Stringer had broken away down the left after a great move from the away side, but the Irish goalkeeper was there to deny the winger and keep the scores level.
Moments later and the Hammers had a strong case for a penalty turned down. A scramble on the Everton goal-line resulted in a shot from Hawa Cissoko that sounded claims from those in Claret and Blue. Referee Helen Conley was unmoved.
Kate Longhurst was then caught and required treatment with moments to go before the break. The West Ham No12 was able to continue as the score-line remained level going into the break.
There were no changes for either side at half-time, with Harder happy with the showing from his side in the opening 45 minutes.
And his side should have been ahead with the second half's opening chance, Dali - in on goal - firing over from close range as the Toffees counted themselves lucky.
Everton then had penalty claims of their own, as Longhurst caught Gauvin inside the area, but once again the referee was unmoved.
West Ham advanced up the other end, with Dali floating a pinpoint free-kick onto the head of Emily van Egmond, but the Australian couldn’t steer her effort goalwards.
And it was the home side who continued to look the more likely to break the deadlock. With 67 minutes on the clock, Dali whipped in a super ball that Thomas - climbing above her marker - headed onto the frame of the goal.
Moments later, Brosnan had to be alert to deny a strong strike from Nico Sorensen, with the goalkeeper getting two hands to a fierce effort.
Another golden opportunity was made by Thomas with ten minutes remaining, but a stretching Cecilie Redisch - who did well to make contact at an awkward height - couldn't convert from close range.
The Hammers held on in the closing stages of the match to secure a well-earned point in their hunt for WSL safety, which moves them two points clear of the relegation place.
West Ham United Women: Brosnan, Redisch, Flaherty, Fisk, Cissoko, Pacheco, Longhurst, Dali, van Egmond, Brynjarsdottir, Thomas
Subs: Arnold, Mustafa, Vetterlein, Barker, Denton, Beaufort
Everton Women: MacIver, Wold, Sevecke, Christiansen, Emslie, Stringer (Raso 78), Sorensen, Scott, Gauvin (Magill 70), Finnigan, Pattinson.
Subs: Kirby, George, Boye-Hlorkah, Lehmann, Clemaron, Clinton
Booked: Sevecke 71