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Lukaku (2') Mirallas (66')
Saturday 13 September 2014, 15:00
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  • West Brom
  • Gardner 26'
  • Samaras replaces Ideye 70'
    Blanco replaces Brunt 70'
  • Gamboa replaces Pocognoli 77'
  • Wisdom 89'
  • Everton
  • Lukaku 2'
  • McCarthy 53'
  • Mirallas 66'
    Osman replaces Lukaku 68'
  • Naismith 81'
  • Besic replaces McGeady 88'
  • Besic 91'
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Starting XI - West Brom: Foster, Wisdom, Pocognoli, Dawson, Olsson, Berahino, Morrison, Brunt, Dorrans, Gardner, Ideye Everton: Howard, Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Baines, McGeady, Naismith, Mirallas, McCarthy, Barry, Lukaku

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    Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Everton 2.

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    Attempt saved. Georgios Samaras (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Saido Berahino.

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    Attempt saved. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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    Muhamed Besic (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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    Foul by Muhamed Besic (Everton).

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    Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

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    Cristian Gamboa (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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    Andre Wisdom (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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4-4-2
  • Foster
  • Wisdom
  • Gamboa
  • Dawson
  • Olsson
  • Berahino
  • Morrison
  • Blanco
  • Dorrans
  • Gardner
  • Samaras
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  • Howard
  • Baines
  • Jagielka
  • Stones
  • Coleman
  • McCarthy
  • Barry
  • Besic
  • Osman
  • Naismith
  • Besic
West Brom Everton
Foster 1 24 Howard
Yellow CardWisdom 2 3 Baines
Olsson 3 6 Jagielka
Morrison 7 7 McGeady (Yellow Card Besic 88'')
Yellow CardGardner 8 10 Lukaku (Osman 68'')
Ideye (Samaras 70'') 9 11 Mirallas
Brunt (Blanco 70'') 11 14 NaismithYellow Card
Pocognoli (Gamboa 77'') 15 16 McCarthyYellow Card
Dorrans 17 18 Barry
Berahino 18 23 Coleman
Dawson 25 26 Stones
Substitutions
Baird 4 1 Robles
Yacob 5 4 Gibson
Gamboa 16 17 Besic
Daniels 19 19 Atsu
McAuley 23 21 Osman
Blanco 28 29 Garbutt
Samaras 30 30 Alcaraz

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Goals from Belgian duo Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas helped Everton pick up their first win of the season as the Blues ran out 2-0 winners against West Brom.

The game saw new Baggies boss Alan Irvine face his former side for the first time since leaving his post as Academy Director to take over at the Hawthorns in the summer.

But any delight he had in the occasion was dented as early as the second minute as Lukaku took aim from distance and curled a delightful shot around Ben Foster to open his account for the season in style.

West Brom then dominated the first half without really testing Tim Howard but would have gone into the break believing they could still take something from the game.

But Foster allowed a Mirallas shot from 20 yards to squirm under his grasp and into the net to put the Blues out of sight.

Injury to Sylvain Distin saw John Stones partner Phil Jagielka at the heart of the defence and the youngster helped the Toffees keep a welcome clean sheet.

Having kicked off, the Blues were patient, considered and careful in possession before working the ball up to Lukaku. The big striker took aim and curled a beautiful shot around Foster.

Out of respect to his former club, his celebrations, despite the quality of the strike, were muted.

To be fair to West Brom, heads refused to go down and Saido Berahino saw an effort deflected over the bar, while Leighton Baines had to clear a cross from Andre Wisdom following a fine pass from James Morrison.

The Baggies were dominant but were just failing to find the ball or the man who could really test Tim Howard.

Skipper Chris Brunt did see a fizzing drive from the left of the box fly into the side-netting which brought a few cheers before home fans realised it was the wrong side of the post.

Berahino was picked out by Graeme Dorrans but again saw his shot deflected wide for a corner.

In the closing 10 minutes of the half, Everton began to enjoy a little more of the ball and Kevin Mirallas’s fierce drive from 25 yards flew over the bar.

The Blues were finishing the first half the stronger and good work from Lukaku almost saw him add a second long range goal to his tally but this time the ball sailed high and wide.

That form carried over into the second period and inside the first five minutes the Blues should have been two goals up.
 
Lukaku saw a shot well saved by Foster and when the ball fell at the feet of Naismith, everyone at the Hawthorns expected him to maintain his recent goalscoring streak. Instead, he blazed over the bar.

But the hosts slowly began to wrestle possession back away from Everton. However, despite moving the ball about crisply, they couldn’t force a clear cut chance.

And they would be made to pay for it. On 66 minutes, Mirallas had a go from the edge of the box, Foster didn’t get his body behind it and into the net the ball went.

Martinez made a change a minute later with Lukaku making way to a round of applause from both sides of the ground, with Leon Osman coming on.

The Blues were looking a little more comfortable now and Aiden McGeady danced his way past a couple of defenders before firing a left-foot shot wide of Foster’s goal, then dragged a right-footed effort off target.

At the other end, a precisely executed tackle from Stones halted any danger posed by Berahino, while Craig Gardner guided Christian Gamboa’s cross straight at Howard.

On came Muhamed Besic – for McGeady – to help see the game out. And that the Blues did, although Foster did brilliantly to save an Osman shot that followed a fine flowing move.

But in the end, two goals were enough. with a clean sheet to boot - something rescued by a late, late double save from Howard.

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