Everton missed the opportunity to move into the top four as Diego Lugano's second-half header ensured West Bromwich Albion boss Pepe Mel took a point from his first game at The Hawthorns.

Kevin Mirallas put Everton on course for the victory that would have moved them into the Champions League places just before half-time - but Roberto Martinez's side were punished for a poor second-half display by Lugano's fine header 15 minutes from time.

The point was more satisfying for Mel than Martinez, who will be desperately frustrated at Everton's failure to take first-half opportunities and the manner in which they deteriorated after the break.

Nicolas Anelka took his place in West Brom's line-up, hours after sponsors Zoopla announced they had decided to end their association with West Brom following his "quenelle" gesture after scoring at West Ham United recently.

Pepe Mel analysis

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While the Football Association continues its investigation into Anelka, Mel selected the veteran and he was given warm applause when he was substituted late on.

New head coach Mel will not only take heart from a valuable point but also from The Baggies' determination to fight their way back into a game that Everton dominated early on.

Martinez's side, without the injured Ross Barkley, lacked a spark after the interval and he will know this could be two important points cast aside in the race for a top-four place as Everton remain sixth.

Martinez disappointed with draw

Romelu Lukaku was warmly received on his return to The Hawthorns, where he was such a success on loan from Chelsea last season, scoring 19 goals.

And he had the chance to add to his tally in this campaign early on when he ran on to Sylvain Distin's long pass but his attempted lob lacked direction and drifted harmlessly wide.

Everton reshuffled in the absence of injured Steven Pienaar, with Costa Rican Bryan Oviedo in an unfamiliar role on the right. He adapted well, though, and was twice narrowly off target as Martinez's side exerted pressure.

Seamus Coleman saw a goalbound shot blocked by Chris Brunt but there was also plenty for Albion's fans to appreciate as Mel's determination to impose a pressing game showed early signs of promise.

Draw specialists

  • West Brom (10) and Everton (9) have drawn more games than any other Premier League side this season

If Mel had a complaint, it would have been West Brom's reluctance to shoot when presented with opportunities, a failing which let them down on more than one occasion, although Zoltan Gera did force Everton keeper Tim Howard into one block.

Everton were looking the bigger threat and they finally transformed this into end product four minutes before half-time when Lukaku won an aerial challenge and Mirallas held off Lugano's challenge with ease to beat Ben Foster with a low drive.

A 'very good night' for Pepe Mel

Mel sent on former Everton striker Victor Anichebe as a half-time replacement for Matej Vydra and he almost punished his former club when he stole on to Anelka's cross at the near post but Howard was alert.

Everton had allowed their control to slip, with passages of sloppy play which allowed Albion to gain a foothold and the equaliser duly came with 15 minutes left.

Lugano's near-post run was rewarded with a flashing cross from James Morrison, with the Uruguayan giving Howard no chance with a bullet header.

The momentum had now shifted to West Brom and Martinez introduced Aiden McGeady for his debut at the expense of Oviedo, while John Stones replaced Seamus Coleman, who went off feeling his hamstring.

Everton thought they had snatched the win when Distin turned in Gareth Barry's shot with the final kick of the game - but he was well offside and Albion survived.

West Brom head coach Pepe Mel:

"For me it was very good. The first half the team - we were too open but the second half we were compact.

"Everton is a team that is very, very strong. Tonight is a difficult match for me and my team.

"It's only the first week. I need to work. I need my players but the players are angry. For me, that's important.

"I need one more striker. But I have Nicolas Anelka, Matej Vydra, Victor Anichebe - I'm happy."

Everton manager Roberto Martinez:

"The hardest thing was to get in front and score that goal. A couple of times we got good combinations and got into good places in front of goal.

"In the second half we didn't control the game in the way we wanted.

"Today was important. We knew that West Brom were going to try and stop us from playing and we wanted to put Kevin Mirallas in acres of space and I thought we got that.

"Every time we got a forward pass he was a real threat. West Brom are a team that will always try to press up and have a high line."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

West Bromwich Albion

  • 01 Foster
  • 02 Reid
  • 06 Ridgewell Booked
  • 07 Morrison Booked
  • 14 Lugano
  • 03 Olsson
  • 22 Gera (Mulumbu - 60' )
  • 05 Yacob Booked
  • 39 Anelka (Berahino - 77' )
  • 20 Vydra (Anichebe - 45' )
  • 11 Brunt

Substitutes

  • 13 Myhill
  • 16 Anichebe
  • 18 Amalfitano
  • 21 Mulumbu
  • 28 Jones
  • 29 Sessegnon
  • 38 Berahino

Everton

  • 24 Howard
  • 23 Coleman (Stones - 79' )
  • 03 Baines
  • 18 Barry Booked
  • 06 Jagielka
  • 15 Distin
  • 08 Oviedo (McGeady - 80' )
  • 16 McCarthy
  • 17 Lukaku
  • 11 Mirallas Booked
  • 21 Osman (Naismith - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Robles
  • 02 Hibbert
  • 05 Heitinga
  • 07 McGeady
  • 14 Naismith
  • 26 Stones
  • 27 Vellios
Ref: Michael Oliver
Att: 24,184

Match Stats

Shots

14 13

On target

6 4

Corners

4 2

Fouls

16 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Everton 1.

90:00 +4:17 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Everton 1.

90:00 +4:05

Offside, Everton. Gareth Barry tries a through ball, but Sylvain Distin is caught offside.

90:00 +4:04

Attempt missed. Gareth Barry (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

90:00 +3:28

Foul by Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion).

90:00 +3:28

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:54

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Steven Reid tries a through ball, but Victor Anichebe is caught offside.

90:00 +1:24 Booking

Booking Kevin Mirallas (Everton) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:20

Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:20

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

90:00 +1:07

Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gareth Barry.

90:00 +0:03

Attempt saved. Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

89:11

Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:11

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

89:06

Attempt missed. Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Morrison.

88:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Steven Naismith replaces Leon Osman.

84:42

Foul by Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion).

84:42

Leon Osman (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:42

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Sylvain Distin.

79:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Aiden McGeady replaces Bryan Oviedo.

78:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. John Stones replaces Seamus Coleman because of an injury.

77:54

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

77:10

Delay in match Seamus Coleman (Everton) because of an injury.

76:48

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

76:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Saido Berahino replaces Nicolas Anelka.

74:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Everton 1. Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by James Morrison with a cross.

74:20

Attempt saved. Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Diego Lugano.

74:18

Attempt missed. Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross following a corner.

73:56

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Gareth Barry.

71:12

Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

70:21

Foul by Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion).

70:21

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:02

Nicolas Anelka (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:02

Foul by Leighton Baines (Everton).

64:55

Attempt missed. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Victor Anichebe with a headed pass.

63:12

Hand ball by Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion).

60:39

Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Seamus Coleman with a cross.

59:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Youssuf Mulumbu replaces Zoltán Gera.

58:04

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Diego Lugano.

57:42

Attempt blocked. Zoltán Gera (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Victor Anichebe.

57:06

Hand ball by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

56:09

Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:09

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

54:28 Booking

Booking Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

54:24

Foul by Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion).

54:24

Seamus Coleman (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:11

Attempt blocked. Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicolas Anelka with a cross.

51:45

Attempt missed. Zoltán Gera (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross.

50:22 Booking

Booking Gareth Barry (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

50:20

Nicolas Anelka (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:20

Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

49:09

Attempt saved. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Zoltán Gera.

47:13

James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:13

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

45:24

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Seamus Coleman.

45:00

Second Half begins West Bromwich Albion 0, Everton 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Victor Anichebe replaces Matej Vydra.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Everton 1.

45:00 +0:04

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Phil Jagielka.

43:25 Booking

Booking James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

42:02

Attempt saved. Bryan Oviedo (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Seamus Coleman.

40:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Bromwich Albion 0, Everton 1. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku with a headed pass.

40:19

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:19

Foul by Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion).

37:20

Foul by Leighton Baines (Everton).

37:20

Zoltán Gera (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:26 Booking

Booking Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

34:22

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:22

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

32:56

Romelu Lukaku (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:56

Foul by Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion).

32:16

Foul by Bryan Oviedo (Everton).

32:16

Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:27

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Liam Ridgewell tries a through ball, but Nicolas Anelka is caught offside.

29:43

Attempt saved. Zoltán Gera (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nicolas Anelka.

29:07

Foul by Sylvain Distin (Everton).

29:07

Zoltán Gera (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:25

Attempt blocked. Seamus Coleman (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

28:08

Attempt blocked. Gareth Barry (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bryan Oviedo.

27:14

Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

27:14

Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:51

Bryan Oviedo (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

23:51

Foul by Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion).

21:40

Bryan Oviedo (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:40

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

19:10

Sylvain Distin (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:10

Foul by Matej Vydra (West Bromwich Albion).

18:49

Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leon Osman.

16:44

Foul by Sylvain Distin (Everton).

16:44

Matej Vydra (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

16:21

Attempt saved. James McCarthy (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross.

15:07

Romelu Lukaku (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:07

Foul by Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion).

14:04

Leon Osman (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:04

Foul by Zoltán Gera (West Bromwich Albion).

13:05

Attempt missed. Nicolas Anelka (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Brunt.

12:21

Attempt blocked. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicolas Anelka.

11:39

Attempt missed. Bryan Oviedo (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

10:03

Attempt missed. Bryan Oviedo (Everton) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

9:24

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:24

Foul by Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion).

8:49

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Chris Brunt.

7:09

Offside, Everton. Gareth Barry tries a through ball, but Kevin Mirallas is caught offside.

4:55

Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Leon Osman following a set piece situation.

4:31

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

4:31

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:27

Foul by Nicolas Anelka (West Bromwich Albion).

3:27

Bryan Oviedo (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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