* Chelsea held by battling Everton 0-0 in the Premier League
* The Blues lost ground on Liverpool at the top
* Everton’s Pickford made saves from Alonso and Morata
* Alonso was denied by the post in the second half
* Chelsea next visit Tottenham, Everton host Cardiff
Nov 12 (Reuters) - Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Everton on Sunday as they lost ground to fellow title-chasers Liverpool who won earlier in the day.
Chelsea needed three points after Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Fulham but they could not make their home advantage count against a well-organised Everton side and failed to score for only the second time in the league this season.
After a tight and often scrappy first half, Chelsea improved in the second period but, despite remaining unbeaten in the league, they were unable to convert their chances.
Everton’s England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who produced a fine save from a Marcos Alonso volley earlier, prevented Alvaro Morata from opening the scoring immediately after the restart with a dive to his right.
Alonso hit the post in the 65th minute as Chelsea applied more pressure but were ultimately unable to break Everton down.
The result left Chelsea in third place on 28 points, two points behind Liverpool and one behind champions Manchester City who host local rivals Manchester United later on Sunday. (Reporting by William Schomberg Editing by Ian Chadband)