West Ham go into this weekend’s meeting with Everton on the back of four straight league defeats, but it could be worse.
In April 2010, Gianfranco Zola’s Hammers travelled to Goodison Park after six consecutive losses, which plunged the club into serious relegation peril.
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov opened the scoring for the Toffees in the first half, but Manuel Da Costa equalised on the hour mark.
West Ham’s hopes of stopping the rot looked bleak when Yakubu put David Moyes’ men ahead just five minutes from time.
A seventh straight defeat would have really set alarm bells ringing and with the likes of Ilan and Julien Faubert on the pitch, there was not much reason for optimism.
With West Ham still reeling from Yakubu’s hammer blow, Jonathan Spector picked the ball up in the left-back position, kept his composure to play a one-two with Mark Noble.
The ball found its way to undisputed Player of the Season Scott Parker via Da Costa and the pitch began to open up.
Playing at right-back, Faubert found himself with acres of space to run into and crossed the halfway line in pursuit of an equaliser.
What happened next was as excellent as it was unexpected. As Everton allowed the Frenchman to travel forty yards without so much as the hint of a challenge, he had the chance to pick his head up.
With Junior Stanislas racing outside him to offer a pass, Faubert does not have an obvious option for a cross. He looks to be too deep; Ilan and Carlton Cole look slightly behind the pace of the flowing attack.
From nowhere, Faubert produces a delivery from deep that David Beckham would have been proud of; ahead of Sylvain Distin with such pace it implored a West Ham onto it.
Ilan got across the front post, but he still had plenty to do. Yet, the Brazilian motored as he saw the cross come over and was always going to beat Jonny Heitinga to the ball.
He produced an outstanding diving header to bullet the delivery past Tim Howard; stunning Goodison Park and snatching an unlikely and desperately-needed point for Zola and West Ham.
The Brazilian netted the winner in the next game, a 1-0 home win over Sunderland and those four points were absolutely vital in keeping West Ham in the top flight. Another bolt from the blue would be more than welcome tomorrow.