Luton Town 1 Everton 1: Blues take a point in Friday night encounter

This evening the Toffees shared the points with Luton Town at Kenilworth Road in a match that the hosts had to win.
Luton Town v Everton FC - Premier League
Luton Town v Everton FC - Premier League / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Everton supporters of course had been anticipating this game as a huge potential 'six-pointer' for both sides but now after last Saturday's win over Brentford the match ultimately only really mattered to the hosts.

Yes the Blues wanted to win and maintain their three game winning run, but obviously the result was now of much less importance than had been the case just a week ago.

Manager Sean Dyche picked his strongest possible side - as I suspected he would - showing the Hatters no favours and giving their fellow relegation battlers Nottingham Forest nothing to complain about.

It was an open game and the Toffees went ahead when Dominic Calvert-Lewin converted a spot kick after Jarrad Branthwaite, seemingly enjoying his new role as auxiliary attacker, was brought down in the box.

But just a few minutes or so later Luton were level when returning forward Elijah Adebayo fired home past Jordan Pickford.

Adebayo is the sort of player I think Everton should be looking at in the summer.

He's young, quick and strong, can score goals at this level and is able to play either up front or maybe behind the centre-forward, which would be ideal in Dyche's 4-4-1-1 formation.

And if the Hatters do go down he might well be available at a much more competitive price.

Anyway, in the second half there were further chances and inevitably as the game wore on the home side were pressing to try and find a winner they so clearly needed.

Then in injury time came a succession of further chances which through a combination of good defending and luck the Blues resisted.

So, Everton could not hold onto their lead or maintain the winning run but the fans who traveled all the way down south can at least make their way home in the knowledge that in the end it does not really matter. That is a nice place to be.