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Goodison Park | 27th November 2010 15:00

Everton v West Brom

Everton lost 4-1 to West Bromwich Albion on a frustrating afternoon at Goodison Park.

After going two goals down inside the first 26 minutes, the Toffees brought themselves back into the game with a typical Tim Cahill header before half time.

But a red card for Mikel Arteta and a Somen Tchoyi goal 15 minutes from time sealed the disappointment before Youssouf Mulumbu's late fourth.

Tim Cahill shoots for goalTim Cahill has a shot on goal

Everton had started brightly and inside two minutes Sylvain Distin almost connected with a Leighton Baines free-kick.

Cahill and the returning Victor Anichebe had shots at goal but it was the visitors who took the lead after 15 minutes when Paul Scharner rose highest to head in a corner.

Baines curled a free kick over almost straight away and then Arteta tried his luck but the midfielder's own free kick was well saved by Scott Carson.

And in the 26th minute Chris Brunt showed him how it was done with a perfect curled effort to make the score 2-0.

Everton needed to reply before the break and did so in the 43rd minute when Cahill rose to head in Baines' corner.

Chris Brunt's free-kick heads for the top cornerChris Brunt's free-kick heads for the top corner

And another corner on the stroke of half time went all the way across the face of the goal without finding a decisive touch.

A short period into the second half David Moyes increased his attacking options by introducing Jermaine Beckford and Louis Saha and there was an almost instant impact from the former Leeds man with Carson blocking his effort before all hell broke loose down the Everton left.

A foul on Baines went unpunished and a series of increasingly zealous challenges ensued.

Eventually ref Lee Mason decided Arteta had stamped on Gonzalo Jara and showed the distraught Spaniard a red card.

Jack Rodwell entered the fray to anchor the midfield as the ten-man Toffees went in search of an improbable equaliser.

West Brom weathered an initial storm but Beckford had a golden chance when he blazed over from six yards out with 18 minutes left.

Mikel Arteta (out of shot) see redMikel Arteta (out of shot) sees red from referee Lee Mason

And the Baggies punished Everton soon after, with sub Tchoyi stepping in from the left and curling past Tim Howard with his right foot.

Beckford had a further chance to get on the scoresheet and make things interesting with five minutes left but his acrobatic effort flew past Carson's left-hand post.

Youssouf Mulumbu completed the scoring late on with an effort that went in off Sylvain Distin. It was the last thing the midfielder did, with Mason showing him a second yellow card.


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