Everton 1 West Ham 1
With Upson not recovering in time Alan Curbishley handed James Tomkins his first start. Sears started on the bench with Boa Morte returning to the side.
It looked like a dream start for Tomkins when he nearly repeated Sears' feat of last week by scoring within five minutes. From a Noble corner Tomkins stooped and headed the ball from seven yards but unfortunately his header hit the bar.
Three minutes later and that dream became a nightmare as he went up for a header with Yakubu and completely missed the ball. That left Yakubu clear in behind the West Ham defence and Green could do nothing as Yakubu slotted the ball home.
In the 31st minute the Everton defence tried to return the favour when the two centre backs both went for a Noble cross and both missed the ball. Ashton, six yards out, was gifted a perfect opportunity to equalise but his shot just flew wide of the left hand post.
It was a slice of luck that Everton perhaps deserved as before Ashton's miss they had a perfectly good goal from Yakubu ruled wrongly offside. With a couple of minutes of the first half left Ashton had a chance to atone for his glaring miss when West Ham were awarded a free-kick 25 yards out. Ashton bent the ball low around the wall, the ball hit the back of an Everton defender and looked like it was going to beat an already diving Howard but the keeper did well to save with his feet.
Five minutes into the second half and Sears was brought on for Boa Morte. Sears' pace and eagerness seemed to spur West Ham on. In the 54th minute from a corner Ferdinand headed the ball down to Tomkins just three yards out but the ball bounced up unkindly and Tomkins couldn't get his shot away.
In the 64th minute Baines was played through on goal and Green came out well to save at his feet. Three minutes later Neill crossed a hopeful ball into the box from the touchline and Ashton got in front of his marker and headed West Ham's equaliser from around the penalty spot.
In the dying minutes West Ham had three good opportunities to take the lead. In the 84th minute Sears pounced on a defensive error, he tried to take the ball around Howard but was forced a little wide and couldn't dig out his shot with any force. In the 84th minute Noble made some ground down the left, passed the ball onto Solano, received the ball back and shot from twenty yards just over the bar.
Then thirty seconds later Sears was played clear through on goal, he tapped the ball past Howard and the ball rolled towards the goal only to hit the post and bounce back into play.
In the end West Ham were probably unlucky not to win the game.