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Everton 0-0 West Bromwich Albion

Kevin Mirallas
Belgium winger Kevin Mirallas has scored eight goals in all competitions for Everton this season
  • Injured Mirallas subbed after penalty miss
  • West Brom unbeaten since Pulis took charge
  • Everton winless in six league games
  • West Brom four points above drop zone

Kevin Mirallas's missed penalty proved costly for Everton as they were held by West Brom, leaving the Toffees winless in their last six league games.

Everton were awarded a spot-kick after Joleon Lescott handled but Mirallas, who took it instead of regular taker Leighton Baines, struck the post.

Mirallas was then withdrawn at half-time by Everton boss Roberto Martinez.

West Brom had few chances at Goodison Park but hung on and are unbeaten since Tony Pulis took over as head coach.

Everton were in contention for a Champions League place at this stage last season, but following this result they look more likely to be involved in a relegation battle in the remainder of this campaign.

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Mirallas 'subbed for injury not miss'

The Merseyside club are now 17 points off Manchester United in fourth and only four points above the Premier League relegation zone.

Martinez conceded before the game that Everton must show they can satisfy the ambitions of Belgium international Mirallas before he commits to a new contract.

However, it was the 27-year-old winger's penalty miss which proved so costly here after he elected to take the spot-kick rather than Baines, even though the Everton left-back boasts a conversion rate of 15 out of 16 kicks taken.

West Brom, organised and disciplined since Pulis took over at the start of the year following the sacking of Alan Irvine, were intent on packing men behind the ball which meant Everton were restricted to shooting opportunities from distance in the first half.

BBC Radio 5 live commentator Conor McNamara
"Leighton Baines is not a confrontational person so that is perhaps why he didn't wrestle the ball off Kevin Mirallas. Maybe in this instance it should have been Phil Jagielka's job as Everton captain to step in and remind Kevin Mirallas who takes the penalties."

Mirallas, so impressive in Everton's dramatic FA Cup exit on penalties at West Ham last week, came in for the suspended Aiden McGeady and he struck a 25-yard effort straight at visiting goalkeeper Ben Foster early on.

An attacking foray from Baines won a free-kick in a dangerous position for the Toffees before the half-hour mark but Foster anticipated Mirallas's curling effort to claim the ball with relative comfort.

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West Brom must strengthen - Pulis

Despite dominating possession, Everton struggled to break down West Brom's defence. However, they were awarded a penalty shortly before half-time when the ball bounced off striker Romelu Lukaku's chest and struck the hand of West Brom centre-back Lescott.

Mirallas stepped up to take the spot-kick, and saw his low effort strike the outside of the post. Martinez then withdrew Mirallas - who he later explained was injured - at the interval and sent on Bryan Oviedo.

Everton fans were treated to a half-time video message from Sylvester Stallone as a scene was filmed for his upcoming Rocky spin-off Creed, but it did little to inspire things on the pitch in the second half.

West Brom showed greater ambition with the movement of striker Saido Berahino giving the Everton defence plenty to think about, although Toffees goalkeeper Joel Robles did not really have a save of note to make.

An intricate Everton passing move with 15 minutes left presented Lukaku with a chance inside the box, but he lost his footing at the crucial moment and sent his shot past the post.

West Brom saw out the remainder of the game to clinch a deserved point which lifted them above Aston Villa on goal difference and into 14th spot with 22 points.

West Brom head coach Tony Pulis:

"There are lots of things we have to improve on and obviously we have to do it quickly because we need the points to stay up.

"We've only had a few days to really get down to working with the team and the shape and today they worked so hard off the ball.

"I don't think they've done a lot of what we've brought to the football club before but they've embraced it and they've got on with it and when you get results that's the most important thing because that sells it to the players.

"We're far away from being where we want to be but the spirit and the effort and commitment of the players and the way they got back into their shape at times was very, very good."

Joleon Lescott
West Brom's Joleon Lescott, who gave away the penalty, made 113 league appearances for Everton
Leighton Baines
Everton left-back Leighton Baines has converted 15 out of 16 penalties in his career
Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku has not scored a Premier League goal since Everton's 1-1 draw with Hull in December
Tony Pulis and Roberto Martinez
Tony Pulis (right) has not lost a game since he replaced Alan Irvine as West Brom head coach
Sylvester Stallone
Everton fan Sylvester Stallone delivered a half-time message to the Goodison Park crowd as a scene was filmed for his upcoming Rocky spin-off Creed.

Line-ups

Everton

  • 1Robles
  • 23Coleman
  • 26Stones
  • 6Jagielka
  • 3Baines
  • 17BesicBooked at 77minsSubstituted forKonéat 79'minutes
  • 18BarryBooked at 49mins
  • 14Naismith
  • 20Barkley
  • 11MirallasSubstituted forOviedoat 45'minutesBooked at 52mins
  • 10R Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 2Hibbert
  • 8Oviedo
  • 9Koné
  • 29Garbutt
  • 30Alcaraz
  • 35McAleny
  • 45Griffiths

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 2Wisdom
  • 23McAuley
  • 6Lescott
  • 4Baird
  • 11Brunt
  • 5Yacob
  • 7MorrisonBooked at 58minsSubstituted forSessegnonat 65'minutes
  • 8Gardner
  • 18BerahinoSubstituted forDorransat 70'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10AnichebeSubstituted forIdeyeat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Ideye
  • 13Myhill
  • 15Pocognoli
  • 17Dorrans
  • 25Dawson
  • 29Sessegnon
  • 30Samaras
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
34,739

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home17
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Everton 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.

Full Time

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

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Claudio Yacob.

Foul by Steven Naismith (Everton).

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion).

Foul by Seamus Coleman (Everton).

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Chris Brunt tries a through ball, but Brown Ideye is caught offside.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Ben Foster tries a through ball, but Brown Ideye is caught offside.

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt missed. Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andre Wisdom with a cross.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Arouna Koné replaces Muhamed Besic.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Brown Ideye replaces Victor Anichebe.

Delay in match Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

Booking

Muhamed Besic (Everton) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Muhamed Besic (Everton).

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steven Naismith.

Foul by Muhamed Besic (Everton).

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Phil Jagielka (Everton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Craig Gardner.

Attempt blocked. Muhamed Besic (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Graham Dorrans replaces Saido Berahino.

Offside, Everton. Muhamed Besic tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

Offside, Everton. Romelu Lukaku tries a through ball, but Leighton Baines is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Stéphane Sessegnon replaces James Morrison.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Claudio Yacob.

Attempt blocked. Muhamed Besic (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Joleon Lescott.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Chris Baird.

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

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Joleon Lescott.

Attempt blocked. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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