Everton entered their third Premier League game of the season hoping to kickstart their season after opening up the campaign back-to-back defeats to Chelsea and Aston Villa but The Toffees only managed a point at home to newly promoted Nottingham Forest.
Demarai Gray scored with two minutes left to cancel out Brennan Johnson’s opener in the 81st minute to share the points.
Everton dominated the first half without taking any chances again emphasising their desperate need for a striker with one of their targets Che Adams scoring a brace for Southampton at the same time The Toffees were struggling to have that cutting edge.
Frank Lampard started with Salomon Rondon which gave Everton more of a vocal point at the top of the pitch and they made Dean Henderson work a few times in the first 45 minutes.
Anthony Gordon forced the most acrobatic save from him as he parried his shot from the edge of the area out and Henderson also made a smart save at his near post from Gray’s free-kick.
Forest struggled to create any openings in first half with Taiwo Awoniyi forcing a save from Jordan Pickford after a tame effort.
In the second half Rondon came off early and it made the game scrappy due to Everton having no out ball with the crowd growing more and more frustrated by each passing moment.
Steve Cooper’s side grew into the game but still struggled to create any clear-cut goal scoring opportunities until the last ten minutes.
Johnson got what the travelling fans was the winner after Pickford poorly pushed out a long range effort by Ryan Yates.
The Welshman followed in and finished with composure as Everton were heading for three games three loses.
However the home players didn’t allow their heads to drop as with a couple of minute left Pickford made up for his mistake with a lovely over the top ball to find Gray who took a touch to bring it down and finished past Henderson confidently to get Everton’s first goal of the season that has been scored by an Everton player.
Gordon, who has been at the centre of transfer interest from Chelsea, had the chance to steal a victory in additional time as Joe Worrall’s back pass was cut short by him.
However the young scouser looked caught in two minds about what to do with the ball and due to his hesitation Henderson was able to come out saving his unthreatening chipped effort.
If Everton have Dominic Calvert-Lewin they could have been celebrating their first win, with less than two weeks left to go until the window shuts they need to get a new striker in sooner rather than later.