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1 September 2012
• The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Referee: J. Moss
• Attendance: 25383
West Bromwich Albion
S. Long 65'
G. McAuley 82'
It is a set-back for David Moyes after his team's fantastic start to the season, but you get the impression that few teams will be taking much away from the Hawthorns this season without a fight. Impressive stuff from West Brom.
Steve Clark couldn't have asked for a better start to his managerial career, as the Baggies have now recorded their best ever start to a Premier League season. You have to give him credit for his side's organisation and endeavour, while his use of substitutes was also very effective. First Odemwingie came off the bench to set up Shane Long for the opener, then Chris Brunt sent a corner straight onto Gareth McAuley's head with his first touch of the ball.
It's all over here, a great result for West Brom. You have to say they deserved it too, as they dealt with everything the visitors had to offer and looked the more incisive team going forward.
90' + 5'
Another long ball is nodded down and finds its way to Mirallas. His shot is blocked by the sprawling McAuley, and the striker appeals for a hand ball. Nothing given though.
90' + 4'
The game is petering out slightly, much to West Brom's delight.
90' + 3'
Again McAuley wins the ball in the air from an Everton cross. The Toffees are playing into West Brom's hands a bit here with this direct approach.
90' + 2'
A corner for Everton is headed down by Fellaini, but cleared away by the West Brom defence who are back in numbers.
90' + 1'
Into injury time now, and we'll have five minutes added on. Chance for Everton?
The Toffees are trying to pile on the pressure here, sending in crosses from deep and packing the box. McAuley and Olsson are dealing with the threat impressively though, using every bit of their six foot plus frames.
Chance for Everton though, as the ball breaks to Fellaini in the box. His back heel is comfortably cleared though, he chose the wrong option there.
Everton are discovering what their rivals Liverpool found out - You don't want to go behind to West Brom. This team are solid and dangerous on the break.
Everton are getting frustrated now. Jonas Olsson is brought down by Jelavic on the left of their defence to win a free-kick. That will do nicely for West Brom.
Tim Howard was nowhere to be seen there, as his defenders perhaps expected the American to come and claim the ball on the edge of his six yard box.
Assist Chris Brunt
Goal Gareth McAuley
GOAL! From the resultant corner, Gareth McAuley rises over everyone to nod home from close range.
Another strike from outside the box, Mulumbu stinging Howard's hands this time.
Everton are struggling to unlock their opponents' stubborn defence, and the hosts are still threatening on the break. The latest chance sees Claudio Yacob strike the ball from 25 yards, saved comfortably by Howard.
West Brom are really digging in here, throwing themselves in front of anything Everton have to offer. Baines has looked the most dangerous outlet for the visitors, but his latest cross is deflected harmlessly into the arms of Foster.
The goalscorer Long has gone off to be replaced by club captain Chris Brunt. Immediately a corner causes problems but Morrison hit s the ball over the bar.
The game is set up perfectly for West Brom, who will look to play on the counter.
David Moyes sends on Victor Anichebe for Phil Neville. Everton need to do something as the game is in danger of slipping away from them.
Yellow Card Marouane Fellaini
It has been coming - Fellaini's name is finally in the book after he sends Shane Long tumbling.
Fortune is getting involved on that left wing too, and he is brought down by Phil Neville. The Everton man is booked but James Morrison's resultant free kick is poor and goes behind.
Yellow Card Phil Neville
Odemwingie has made a real impact here, and his play down the left is causing Everton all sorts of problems.
Everton try to react to going behind, with Mirallas picking the ball up and driving at the West Brom defenders. His shot is straight into the arms of Ben Foster though.
That's Long's first goal of the season, and he will have his strike partner to thank for putting it on a plate for him.
Yellow Card Sylvain Distin
Assist Peter Odemwingie
Goal Shane Long
GOAL! Shane Long puts the Baggies in front after tapping in substitute Peter Odemwingie's excellent cross from close range.
New-signing Kevin Mirallas is on for Everton. Last year's top-scorer in Greece will be hoping to make an impact after scoring in the League Cup in midweek.
An hour gone and not much to choose between the two teams.
Attacking move from Steve Clark, with a midfielder replaced by the Baggies' top-scorer from last season.
Free kick 25 yards out is struck into the wall by Graham Dorrans. That's the Scotsman's final touch, as Peter Odemwingie comes on to replace him.
Now it's Everton's turn to pile on some pressure, after Pienaar's break into the box wins a corner. The cross is only half cleared, and Marouane Fellaini gets onto the second ball to shoot disappointingly wide. West Brom wanted offside there, none given though.
Steven Reid, who has had his fair share of problems with injury, is off with a hamstring problem. Billy Jones replaces him at right back.
West Brom applying a bit of pressure, as Reid got to the byline to swing in a cross that was gratefully cleared by Everton.
Neither team really settled into possession yet in this second half.
Fellaini is now back on, thankfully for David Moyes.
Yellow Card Steven Reid
Everton are a man down though, as Fellaini has been ordered to leave the field in order to apply some blue tape to his socks. Rules are rules...
No changes at half-time, as Everton get the match underway.
Steve Clark will be particularly pleased with his team, who have looked really up for this match and have largely kept Everton at bay. David Moyes might want to have a work in Marouane Fellaini's ear (if the can reach it), as the Belgian is giving away a lot of fouls and failing to contribute his best on the ball.
The home side slowly took control, and could have scored on a couple of occasions. First Shane Long should have done better when he sent his header onto the bar under no real pressure. James Morrison then broke from midfield just before half-time, only to direct his shot too close to Tim Howard, who saved well.
It has been a tight first half here at the Hawthorns. Everton started on top but were disrupted by a West Brom team who really got in their faces. Losing Darren Gibson to injury can't have helped, and his replacement Tony Hibbert has struggled to deal with Marc-Antoine Fortune's forays down the left.
45' + 4'
The referee blows for half-time.
45' + 3'
Nice move down the left from Everton, but Baines's cross is well intercepted by McAuley. The flag was up against Jelavic anyway, but it was better from the Toffees.
Great chance for West Brom, as Morrison is in acres of space breaking from midfield. He shimmies his way cleverly past Distin but finds his shot well saved by Howard, who then grabs the follow-up strike as well. Should have scored there, really.
Fellaini pushes Steven Reid over in the box and receives a talking to from the ref. He must be walking on thin ice now after some persistent fouling. No yellow card yet though.
A free-kick is played into the box by Morrison from about 35 yards out, but Olsson can't direct his header on the stretch.
Everton look a bit short of ideas going forward, while West Brom are posing a few problems on the break. The game is still evenly poised.
A chance for Everton, as Phil Neville runs into acres of space through the centre before electing to pass rather than shoot. The cross into the box is headed tamely by Jelavic and is easy for Ben Foster.
Yellow Card Tony Hibbert
Tony Hibbert receives a booking after hauling down Fortune, who was threatening to mount a breakaway with the Everton full-back stranded up the pitch. He knew what he was doing there, diving in despite not being favourite for the ball.
Everton struggling to get their foot on the ball a bit here, thanks in no small part to some excellent pressure from Steve Clark's side.
West Brom are now the ones applying the pressure, passing the ball with more conviction and making inroads down the left in particular.
The two best chances in quick succession here at the Hawthorns, still no goals though.
Another good cross, this time from Hibbert at the other end is headed wide by Marouane Fellaini, who brushed off the attention of McAuley to win the ball.
Off the bar! After stringing a few passes together, Ridgewell gets a good cross in, but the ball is headed onto the bar by Long. Unlucky for the Baggies.
Good run by Morrison picked out nicely bu Dorrans, but the midfielder can't control it and the ball goes behind. Decent move.
The resultant free kick is floated in nicely by Baines but nobody can get on the end of it and it goes behind. Still no real chances here.
Leighton Baines is blocked off by Steven Reid, and the referee walks over to have a word with the West Brom man.
Tony Hibbert replaces the injured Darren Gibson, with Phil Neville moving into midfield.
Penalty appeal from Everton turned down by referee John Moss after Jelavic is sent tumbling in the box by Claudio Yacob. The Argentine seemed to get a foot on the ball.
The game is moving at quite a slow tempo, with Everton's attempt's to keep possession disrupted by some energetic closing down from the home side.
Having recovered from that knock, Pienaar fires a wasteful shot into the stand.
Claudio Yacob has fouled Steven Pienaar, kicking him from behind. The South African is down injured receiving treatment.
Everton looking comfortable now, with a lot of playing going down their left-hand side and Leighton Baines.
Fellaini goes in hard on Jonas Olsson but referee John Moss ignores the challenge. The big Belgian certainly knows how to throw his weight around
A win or a draw for West Brom would make this their best-ever start to a Premier League season, while Everton have a chance of winning three in a row at the start of a league season for the first time since 1993.
Everton have had the best chance of the game so far, a header from Nikica Jelavic sent wide.
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