There are several ways of viewing this result; Hammers win an unexpected point away against a form team, Visitors lose three points thanks to a missed spot kick from a man who shouldn't have been given the opportunity to waste, Home side unlucky after Ref fails to award a stonewall penalty and, finally, gutsy comeback in final minutes mean West Ham still have some fight left and offers encouragement for the remaining games.
You can choose your own, of course, but in many ways that pretty much sums up this excellent Sky televised match as West Ham twice battled back from behind to secure a point and a bit of much needed confidence.
The wondefully named Diniyar Bilyaletdinov put Everton ahead half way through the first half in a manner that suggested the Hammers woeful six game losing streak would continue further. The claret and blue defence failed to deal with a Baines cross and Spector headed out weakly only for the ball to be punted back in to Everton's No: 7 who backheaded easily past Green with the defence flat-footed. It looked grim as Cahill went close soon after but referee Howard Webb gave the Hammers hope when he pointed to the spot after Distin was adjudged to have fouled Cole following an excellent Scott Parker pass. The decision wasn't cast-iron and I've seen as many not awarded but debate was superflous when Mido, surprisingly, placed the ball on the spot and then, unsurprisingly, watched as Howard saved it.
In truth, it wasn't a bad penalty as such, but Mido's form has been lamentable at best and with regular penalty taker Mark Noble in the side it seemed a pointless decision to ask Mido - who has yet to score nor bother any keeper much - to take a crucial spot kick. It seemed to do Mido more harm too as the Hammers fans taunted the man the players have dubbed 'Kung Fu Panda' for the rest of the afternoon.
1-0 down at half-time it seemed a big ask to expect West Ham to turn it on in the second half, but that is exactly what happened as the Hammers at last started to play with some passion and not a bit of style too. The visitors started to look good going forward and Noble was unfortunate to see a speculative lob come back off the crossbar just before the hour mark. The team weren't to be denied too long though when moments later Da Costa got the last touch to send the ball over the line following a scrambled corner, creating mayhem amongst the vociferous visiting fans.
It all looked to be going West Ham's way now and Cole came so close shortly after the goal with a narrowed shot that went just wide. Controversy struck moments later though when referee Webb waved play on after Da Costa seemed to trip Saha in the area. It was time now for the Everton crowd to make some noise as they brayed disapproval at the official and that seemed to spur on the home side as substitute Yakubu - another man who always seems to create problems for the Hammers - headed firmly home from another Baines cross on 85 minutes.
On other days this might have marked the end of the game but this was a much more polished and gritty display from West Ham and they deservedly equalised just two minutes later when a superb cross cum pass from Faubert was headed home full length by a diving Ilan who had come on for the hapless Mido. It was a glorious header and goal and this time the noise from the away end was not to be denied as West Ham closed the game out with limited fuss.
Scott Parker was rightly adjudged to be Man of the Match in a display of battling midfield skills but, sadly, the Hammers 'real' Captain will miss the next two games after being booked for a foul; the yellow card earning him a two match suspension. It's a ban that has been coming for some weeks but disappointing for all that as having Parker in the midfield is like having an extra two players.
Despite the disappointment though, Zola was very upbeat after and offered encouragement that this could be the start of an turn-around in the Hammers fortunes. I certainly hope so and with displays like this it certainly isn't over yet.