7 Jan 2015

Lukaku snatches late goal as Everton draw with West Ham

2:36 pm on 7 January 2015

All White Winston Reid's West Ham United will have to replay their third round FA Cup football tie against fellow Premier League side Everton after being held to a 1-all draw.

All White Winston Reid in action for West Ham twists to successfully head the ball.

West Ham footballer Winston Reid Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Everton's Romelu Lukaku spared his side a fifth straight defeat by grabbing the added-time equaliser to salvage the home draw after it had looked like being another dismal occasion for Everton.

West Ham centre back James Collins was left unmarked to head the visitors into the lead from Morgan Amalfitano's corner 11 minutes into the second half.

But Lukaku volleyed home after Bryan Oviedo crossed into the area to force a replay and relieve the tension and frustration that had been building inside Goodison Park as well as lifting some of the pressure off Everton manager Roberto Martinez.

It was a first goal in seven matches for Belgium striker Lukaku, who was signed for 28 million pounds from Chelsea in the close season and has struggled to justify the price tag in a mixed start to the campaign.

The result extends West Ham's winless streak to four games ahead of next week's replay at Upton Park with the winners facing a clash against Doncaster Rovers or Bristol City.