The results leaves R’s boss Mark Hughes under growing pressure to turnaround the fortunes of his side as they failed to build on an early lead handed to them by Junior Hoilett.
Merseyside counterpart David Moyes will be glad his players managed to hang onto a point that saw them regain their place in the top four despite Steven Pienaar being sent off on the hour mark.
Hughes has endured a testing couple of weeks with rumours circulating that his job was under threat but he was finally given something to cheer as Hoilett struck with just two minutes on the clock. Julio Cesar punched away a corner, which was seized upon by the Canadian forward who held off the challenge of Phil Neville and fired in a low shot that clipped off the heel of Leighton Baines and wrong footed Tim Howard.
Ryan Nelsen went close to a second, heading over a corner before the away side perked into life with Nikicia Jelavic testing Cesar with a well struck free kick before winning another that led to the equaliser. Baines floated delivery from deep found Sylvain Distin unmarked with the defender’s header striking the bottom of the post before hitting Cesar and going in.
Jelavic then had a penalty claim turned down and Phil Jagielka headed against the crossbar as Everton sought a second. But their hopes of securing victory took a serious hit when Pienaar was harshly shown a second yellow card after colliding with Jose Boswinga.
Hoilett was then denied by Howard twice in a matter of minutes before a challenge from Seamus Coleman sent him tumbling in the area only for referee Jon Moss to wave away his penalty appeals.