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West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Everton

Romelu Lukaku curls in a shot for Everton at West Brom
Lukaku's goal against West Brom was his first of the season
  • Romelu Lukaku scores first goal of the season
  • Ben Foster error gifts Kevin Mirallas a goal
  • Everton ease to first league win of season

Striker Romelu Lukaku scored against former club West Brom as Everton secured their first league win of the season at the fourth attempt.

Lukaku pounced on a Jonas Olsson error in the second minute before expertly curling a shot past keeper Ben Foster.

Steven Naismith should have added a second for Everton only to blaze over from eight yards.

The Baggies struggled for chances and let in another when a Kevin Mirallas shot squirmed under Foster's body.

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West Brom 0-2 Everton: Focus was key in win - Roberto Martinez

Everton had equalled a Premier League record by conceding 10 goals in their opening three top-flight games and the clean sheet will have given manager Roberto Martinez added satisfaction.

In truth, the visitors were comfortable in containing a struggling West Brom side and, the longer the game progressed, the more dominant and confident Everton became.

The defeat for West Brom only added to the pressure on manager Alan Irvine, who was not helped by individual mistakes by his players.

There were a smattering of boos for his side at the final whistle, with the Baggies second from bottom of the table and still searching for their first win of the season.

Match facts
Romelu Lukaku's goal was his first in the Premier League for a club that owned him as his 32 prior to that all came while on loan.West Brom managed just one shot on target against Everton and had 46% possession as opposed to Everton's 54%.

Irvine was a player, assistant manager and head of the academy in three different spells at Everton and left the latter to take over at West Brom in the summer.

There was a warm handshake, hug and chat between Irvine and counterpart Martinez before the game, but that was where any sentiment from his former employers ended.

Irvine barely had time to sit down before his side fell behind. Lukaku, who scored 17 goals for the Baggies while on loan at The Hawthorns during the 2012-13 campaign, took full advantage of a defensive error.

Olsson could only clear a low Leighton Baines left-wing cross to the Belgian and, from just outside the area, he took a touch before an unerring finish.

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West Brom 0-2 Everton: Alan Irvine bemoans 'terrible' start

Lukaku did not celebrate his effort, although it will have been little consolation for a team which won just four home games last season.

And, while the Baggies worked hard to get back into the game, their efforts were regularly undermined by a lack of composure and quality in the final third.

The Midlands club had four of their 11 summer signings in the starting line-up and they are clearly taking time to adjust.

Everton should have scored again when Lukaku had a shot parried by Foster only for Naismith to put the loose ball over from close range.

The miss did not prove costly as Foster's error from a Mirallas shot gifted Everton their second to put them out of reach.

West Brom boss Alan Irvine:

"We have to have a bit more of a cutting edge than we have at the moment.

"It has been widely said that we have brought in the most players but we have also got rid of the most as well.

"We need to move the process of building a team along quickly as we need to win games soon."

Everton manager Roberto Martinez:

"You look back at the first three games of the season and they were positive performances but not the results you want. That was down to defensive intensity.

"It was pleasing today how well we applied ourselves at the same level but with a focus, concentration and intensity to our defensive play.

"The important aspect is that we didn't give a solid display at the expense of how we play."

West Brom boss Alan Irvine (right) swaps niceties with Everton counterpart Roberto Martinez before the game
West Brom boss Alan Irvine (right) was Everton's academy manager until this summer
England goalkeeper Ben Foster's error led to Everton's second
England goalkeeper Ben Foster's error led to Everton's second
Everton's Kevin Mirallas celebrates his goal against West Brom
Mirallas has scored two goals for Everton in four games so far this season

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Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 2WisdomBooked at 89mins
  • 25Dawson
  • 3Olsson
  • 15PocognoliSubstituted forGamboaat 77'minutes
  • 17Dorrans
  • 7Morrison
  • 8GardnerBooked at 26mins
  • 11BruntSubstituted forBlancoat 70'minutes
  • 18Berahino
  • 9IdeyeSubstituted forSamarasat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Baird
  • 5Yacob
  • 16Gamboa
  • 19Daniels
  • 23McAuley
  • 28Blanco
  • 30Samaras

Everton

  • 24Howard
  • 23Coleman
  • 26Stones
  • 6Jagielka
  • 3Baines
  • 16McCarthyBooked at 53mins
  • 18Barry
  • 7McGeadySubstituted forBesicat 88'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 14NaismithBooked at 81mins
  • 11Mirallas
  • 10R LukakuSubstituted forOsmanat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Robles
  • 4Gibson
  • 17Besic
  • 19Atsu
  • 21Osman
  • 29Garbutt
  • 30Alcaraz
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
23,567

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Everton 2.

Full Time

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

Booking

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

Foul by Muhamed Besic (Everton).

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Andre Wisdom (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Muhamed Besic replaces Aiden McGeady.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Phil Jagielka.

Offside, Everton. James McCarthy tries a through ball, but Steven Naismith is caught offside.

Aiden McGeady (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

Booking

Steven Naismith (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Steven Naismith (Everton).

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

Attempt saved. Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cristian Gamboa with a cross.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ben Foster.

Attempt saved. Leon Osman (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Cristian Gamboa replaces Sébastien Pocognoli.

Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Leon Osman.

Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leon Osman.

Attempt blocked. Aiden McGeady (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James McCarthy.

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

Foul by Georgios Samaras (West Bromwich Albion).

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

Foul by Sébastien Pocognoli (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Georgios Samaras replaces Brown Ideye.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Sebastián Blanco replaces Chris Brunt.

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

Foul by Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Leon Osman replaces Romelu Lukaku.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 0, Everton 2. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

Attempt missed. Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Craig Gardner.

Attempt blocked. Brown Ideye (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Saido Berahino.

Foul by Leighton Baines (Everton).

Sébastien Pocognoli (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Steven Naismith.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by James McCarthy.

Attempt blocked. Brown Ideye (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Saido Berahino.

goal

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