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Summary

  1. Match finishes goalless, Everton now one win in 13
  2. Mirallas hit post with penalty after Lescott handball
  3. Mirallas substituted at half-time
  4. Toffees 13th in Premier League, Baggies 15th
  5. Commentary on BBC Radio 5 live

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Well I didn't think Kevin Mirallas would be overshadowing a half-time chat from Sylvester Stallone, but that's what happened.

That's all from us, so I'll leave you

with the report on tonight's game and watch out for reaction later. Thanks for your company.

Manage reaction

Everton 0-0 West Brom

West Brom boss Tony Pulis, speaking to BBC Sport: "We have worked hard on the training ground, we have a system in place that will makes us really solid and we have to get those points. It is a dogfight down there but we have to get better on the ball. The players are good enough to retain possession and get us up the pitch."

On potential signings: "There are four or five offers that are in and we are just trying to find out what the deals are and whether people will come to us and whether they won't. We have to get us some players in. He [Callum McManaman] is one of quite a few targets, if we can't do a deal with Wigan we have other options."

Manager reaction

Everton 0-0 West Brom

Everton boss Roberto Martinez, speaking to BBC Sport: "[on Kevin Mirallas' penalty miss and his half-time substitution] They are not related. Kevin Mirallas wanted to take the penalty, Leighton Baines is the number one penalty taker and he felt confident maybe because of the shoot out against West Ham, scored there and felt he was in a good moment to make it today. It is a talking point because he missed it. He has the quality and the character to take it.

"The substitution at half time was because he was not 100%, he looked like he was carrying an injury and he did not look 100% to carry on. I think he felt at half time his hamstring was getting a little extra sensitive.

"The penalty is a great opportunity to score the opening goal, in the second half it became a bit forceful and a bit disappointing but it is something we have to look at for the next game."

Manager reaction

Everton 0-0 West Brom

West Brom boss Tony Pulis, speaking to Sky Sports: "Leighton Baines is usually the taker I would say, was it a surprise? No not really because Roberto and the players had decided he would be the one taking it.

"The players worked so hard off the ball but on the change over we have to improve that. You can't keep giving the ball back because teams will punish you. We have to retain the ball and get our passes off.

"They worked really hard. When you get results that is the most important thing. The spirit and the commitment of the players, the way they got back into shape was very good, but we have to get passes off so we can cause the opposition problems."

West Brom boss Tony Pulis
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Manager reaction

Everton 0-0 West Brom

Everton boss Roberto Martinez, speaking to Sky Sports: "Our penalty taker is Leighton Baines but in the same way we had a penalty-shoot out against West Ham in the FA Cup, Kevin Mirallas took the penalty really well and wanted to take it. He wanted to take the penalty and Leighton was happy to let him do that.

"Nothing else apart from it was an unfortunate kick, missing the target. Both players have enough quality, personality and character to convert at that moment.

"At that moment Kevin felt really confident and wanted to take it. For me, Leighton is the number one penalty taker. At that point I would have been happy for the two players to discuss it. There are a few penalty takers in the squad and they could have stepped up in that moment, the big disappointment is we missed the penalty, not who took it.

"He [Mirallas] was not feeling 100%, he felt his hamstring straight after the penalty. That was the reason for the substitution."

Everton manager Roberto Martinez
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Everton 0-0 West Brom

Steven Naismith, speaking about Kevin Mirallas' half-time substitution: "The manager came in and had his normal team-talk at half-time. I think Kev has come off with an injury. Think that is what it was more than anything else, he never came in the changing room so I am sure it was an injury.

"I think we have shown in the two games against West Ham in the FA Cup and against Manchester City the fight we have got in this squad.

"We know we are a good team, we showed it last season and we have done it in spells this season. The disappointment this season is that the consistency has not been there."

Player reaction

Everton 0-0 West Brom

Everton's Steven Naismith, speaking to Sky Sports about the penalty: "We have won the pen and the ball has fell to Kev, Kev is so confident, he showed in the FA Cup game against West Ham that he very confident then and he slotted his penalty away. He is in form and he is playing well so he wanted to step up and take it. Unfortunately he has missed but we should have had enough in the 90 minutes (to win) rather than relying on the penalty.

Asked if Baines is the penalty taker, Naismith adds: "No, Baines had a very good record and then he missed at Man Utd earlier this season, which was disappointing for him. We have got some fantastic players and Kev's dead-ball play is fantastic. Like I said, he was obviously confident from how he played West Ham, and how he started this game. So he fancied it and stepped up to take it, he has got to show he is man enough to take it, and he did so."

Everton's Steven Naismith
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Everton 0-0 West Brom

Everton's Steven Naismith tells Sky Sports that Kevin Mirallas was injured and that there were no crossed words in the dressing room at half time.

Do we believe you, Steven? We'll have all the reaction in full coming up shortly.

Everton 0-0 West Brom

Everton finished with a total of 17 shots on goal but only four of them were on target. West Brom did not manage to trouble Joel Robles in the Everton goal once, but you get the feeling Tony Pulis will be happy with a point that continues his unbeaten start as Baggies boss - a win and a draw in the Premier League.

How the table looks

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A positional change for both Everton and West Brom after this draw. Everton are up to 12th with 23 points while West Brom also move up one place to 14th.

BreakingMcDowall offers Rangers resignation

Away from this game briefly and some breaking news to bring you, Kenny McDowall has offered his resignation as caretaker boss of Rangers due to personal reasons.

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Everton 0-0 West Brom

Chris Adams: Great point tonight but Pulis needs to spend money on a striker before window closes. Can't play like that for rest of season.

Jamie Mills O'Brien: Right, Martinez has been found out. He has no idea how to come up with a plan B. I could have come up with West Brom game plan.

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FULL-TIME

Everton 0-0 West Brom

A few boos as the final whistle is blown. A frustrating game for Everton, with Kevin Mirallas' half-time substitution after missing a first-half penalty the main talking point.

Everton's Kevin Mirallas
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Everton 0-0 West Brom

...Leighton Baines sends the corner in but Ben Foster catches confidently. Was that the last chance?

Everton 0-0 West Brom

Claudio Yacob knocks the ball behind for a corner to Everton...

Everton 0-0 West Brom

It looks like if anyone is going to win this, it will be Everton. They build another attack but the seven West Brom players back in the box are giving them nothing.

Everton 0-0 West Brom

Robbie Savage

BBC Radio 5 live at Goodison Park

"It just goes to show how hard it is to break down a well organised team when you do not have much flair and creativity in the players on the pitch."

Everton 0-0 West Brom

...and it is poor as Leighton Baines fails to beat the first man. Four minutes of stoppage time for someone to find a winner.

YELLOW CARD

Everton 0-0 West Brom

Leighton Baines crosses low but Graham Dorrans concedes the foul on the Everton man just outside the area. Yellow card, and a decent free-kick for Everton...

Everton 0-0 West Brom

Robbie Savage

BBC Radio 5 live

"It means so much to both of these managers. When West Brom were flagged offside just then, Tony Pulis hammered the linesman. I've never seen those white trainers move so fast."

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Everton 0-0 West Brom

Andrew: A centre back with pace and elegance on the ball [see 75 mins]... are we sure Stones is English? Terrific prospect.

Everton 0-0 West Brom

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Everton continue to boss the possession stats but what they are doing with the ball in the final third is letting them down, highlighted when Arouna Kone controls a loose ball just inside the area, but takes too long and West Brom snuff out the chance.

Everton 0-0 West Brom

Robbie Savage

BBC Radio 5 live at Goodison Park

"Roberto Martinez is trying to encourage his players but it is still the same. Where is the plan B?"

Everton 0-0 West Brom

Ross Barkley tries to wriggle through a crowd of players inside the West Brom area but it is not happening as he runs into a wall of legs and the Baggies clear.

Everton 0-0 West Brom

This is tense now. Either side could win it and West Brom have half a chance through Chris Brunt, but his shot is blocked. Everton then amble back up the pitch on an attack of their own. It's not fast enough for the home fans, who vent their frustration.

SUBSTITUTION

Everton 0-0 West Brom

Tony Pulis opts to go with his original decision and Brown Ideye is on for Victor Anichebe, who had wandered all the way to the opposite side of the pitch and has to trudge back over again.

Everton also make a change and it is Muhamed Besic off for Arouna Kone, a decision greeted by boos from the home fans.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis and Everton's Roberto Martinez
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YELLOW CARD

Everton 0-0 West Brom

Muhamed Besic fouls Stephane Sessegnon and is booked for doing so. Tony Pulis wants to bring on Brown Ideye but Pulis pauses with Sessegnon down injured. He was going to take off Victor Anichebe, but waits to see the extent of Sessegnon's injury.

Everton 0-0 West Brom

John Stones embarks on a barnstorming run from defence, through midfield and up to the edge of the area. He has grabbed this game by the scruff of the neck and sets up a great chance for Everton to snatch the lead as he finds Ross Barkley, who then passes to Steven Naismith to tee up Romelu Lukaku, but the striker shoots wide.

Everton 0-0 West Brom

Everton are still in control, they need to capitalise on this spell of pressure and Muhammed Besic goes close with a shot from distance that bounces just wide. It took a slight deflection and it is another corner, but again Everton can't make it count.

West Brom have scored a league-high 55% of their goals from set pieces this season. An error from Everton, and maybe West Brom could nick this?

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Everton 0-0 West Brom

Andrew in Barnsley: Penalty - it could have been First Blood to Everton but in the end it was a Rocky decision. This could be the Baggies' Escape to Victory! Or do they Lock Up shop?

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Everton 0-0 West Brom

Kevin in Wolverhampton: That penalty was a bit like the decision to let Phil Jones take corners on Saturday. You just ask why?

SUBSTITUTION

Everton 0-0 West Brom

West Brom make another change and it is an interesting one as striker Saido Berahino, who scored six goals in his previous three games, is replaced by midfielder Graham Dorrans. In fairness, Berahino had not been in this game.

Everton 0-0 West Brom

Robbie Savage

BBC Radio 5 live at Goodison Park

"Stephane Sessegnon will bring more attacking impetus to West Brom's play now you feel. Maybe that is the game plan. To get past the hour mark and if it's goalless go to more of a 4-3-3 and get at Everton a bit more."

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Everton 0-0 West Brom

Paul Cain: Tony Pulis should be the next England manager. He's an expert at getting the best out of a mediocre group of players.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis
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SUBSTITUTION

Everton 0-0 West Brom

Goodison Park has come to life and Everton are enjoying their best spell so far. Fired up from some strong words at half-time perhaps? Everton win a couple of corners, but West Brom are dealing with them at the moment.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis decides it is time to make a change and it is an attacking one as James Morrison is replaced by Stephane Sessegnon.

Everton 0-0 West Brom

A bit of controversy as Everton prepare for a corner. Steven Naismith goes to ground holding his head, but replays show he's making a meal out of his little tangle with Claudio Yacob.

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Everton 0-0 West Brom

Gaurav Reddy: Sure what Mirallas did was stupid but why sub your best attacking player?

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Everton 0-0 West Brom

Alan, the Somerset Wigan fan: Mirallas has just messed up a lot people's Fantasy teams - including mine!

Everton 0-0 West Brom

Robbie Savage

BBC Radio 5 live at Goodison Park

"It would surprise me that a manager of Roberto Martinez's stature has subbed one of his best attacking players because he has defied his orders about the penalty. For me, Leighton Baines has to be stronger about taking it."