Everton managed to earn a point from their Europa League trip to Lille, as Roberto Martinez’s side held firm in front of 8,000 travelling fans for 90 minutes to eke out a 0-0 draw.
The Toffees made six changes from the weekend’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa, with Tony Hibbert, Sylvain Distin, Aiden McGeady, Steven Pienaar, Muhamed Besic and Samuel Eto'o all called into action.
£28 million club-record signing Romelu Lukaku was one of those to drop to the bench, but his introduction in the 64th-minute appeared to spark the visitors into life, as he immediately set up a golden opportunity for McGeady which the Irishman was unable to tuck away.
With fellow Belgian and Liverpool summer signing Divock Origi on the opposing side, Lukaku looked like the most dangerous player on the pitch for the final 25 minutes and, though he failed to find the back of the net, the display was a reassuring one after a few recent poor performances.
Fans were certainly encouraged at the final whistle, and many took to Twitter to have their say on the imposing front man, following a result which leaves the club sitting top of Group H with five points from their opening three games.
The greedy part of me feels we could've scored as we grew in the second half once Lukaku was introduced. This comp suits Eto'o really well.— Stephen Grabaskey (@slowlorisday) October 23, 2014
Think we should have had Lukaku on from the start he made such a big difference when substituted with Piennar #LillevEverton— CarysMediHughes (@CarysMediHughes) October 23, 2014
Not a bad 2nd half, Lukaku made a decent impact. Why isn't Martinez taking this comp serious?— ParkEnd92 (@MrBrown_efc) October 23, 2014
Positives... Gareth Barry is an absolute machine, Jags back to his best and Lukaku showing good signs— Alan Creevy (@AlanJCreevy) October 23, 2014
Good point away. Got to start Lukaku in the home games. How many times does McGeady want to give away possession? Well played Tony la'!— Paul Cook (@cookp82) October 23, 2014
Boring game but Lukaku looked good— i am seag (@LukeBuren) October 23, 2014
Lukaku looked decent for the first time in a while— Paul Pierce (@iPauloxD) October 23, 2014
Lukaku made the difference— Muhamed Bešić (@BiblicalBesic) October 23, 2014
Also remember Lukaku still isn't 100% goals will come #efc— Brendon Hilton-Cooke (@Brendon_efc) October 23, 2014
I'll take a point from that. Good defending (mostly) from both sides, Lukaku did great. Bit sloppy at times though. #Everton— Rob Pearce (@Rob1757) October 23, 2014
Lukaku was boss when he came on. Really starting to come back to his best— Matthew Pickford (@MattyPickford96) October 23, 2014
Decent point ,besic stood out far Me solid game, lukaku looked lively when come on and clean sheet coyb #efc— scott carey (@slcarey_) October 23, 2014
We would've won that had Lukaku started and mcgeady not travelled— Jordan Gavin (@Jordan_Gavin) October 23, 2014
Lukaku looked a threat when he came on— Jack McGarva (@JackMcGarva) October 23, 2014
Draw our away games win our home games that would see us top the group. Not the best game but Lukaku made a difference. #EFC— Liam G (@liamg1878) October 23, 2014