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Everton 0-1 West Bromwich Albion

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
Salomon Rondon
Salomon Rondon scored his fifth league goal of the season for West Brom

Salomon Rondon scored the only goal as West Brom earned their first league win in six against a luckless Everton.

The visitors netted against the run of play as Rondon chested in from close range after Jonas Olsson's flick on.

The home side looked to get back into the match and hit the post twice in the first half through Ross Barkley's curled shot and Tom Cleverley's cross.

Gareth Barry twice came close for Everton in the second half, as West Brom's Chris Brunt shot narrowly wide.

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Having won their past two in the Premier League before this game, there was optimism around Goodison Park that Everton may be in with a shout for a Europa League spot, especially after seeing fifth-placed Manchester United lose.

But the Toffees were wasteful against West Brom, chalking up 34 shots in the match without managing to find the net. Only six of those were on target and they have now lost six games at home in the league.

Everton shots
Everton had 34 shots against West Brom without scoring. Six were on target (left), 13 were off target (middle) and 15 were blocked

Having had 76% possession, they could count themselves unlucky when striking the woodwork twice, but top scorer Romelu Lukaku failed to add to his 16 goals in the top flight, being well shackled by the visitor's defence.

Barkley tried to exert his influence but with the opposition back line sitting deep, the England international was made to shoot from long range.

There were a smattering of boos from the home supporters at the final whistle, frustrated that their side failed to build on their recent good form and dropping to 10th in the table.

Baggies bounce back with much-needed win

Average positions
West Brom were camped deep in their half throughout the match, with Jonas Olsson (3) almost at the edge of his own area. Playing on the break, only striker Salomon Rondon (33) was left in the Everton half

Tony Pulis's side went into the game on the back of a poor run which had seen them looking over their shoulder at the relegation zone, but they did manage to scrape past Peterborough on penalties in the fourth round of the FA Cup in their last game.

A disciplined display against wave after wave of Everton attacks saw them pick up three points and climb up to 13th in the league, eight points above the drop zone.

Centre-back Jonas Olsson was the bedrock on which their clean sheet was based, thwarting the Merseysiders throughout the game. The Swede made a match-high 17 clearances and six blocks.

Having gone three of their past four games without a shot on target, they needed just one in this match, as Rondon's opportunistic effort from the goalline in the 14th minute gave them victory.

Man of the match - Jonas Olsson

Jonas Olsson
A solid performance from the Swedish centre-back to preserve a clean sheet for West Brom

What they said:

Everton boss Roberto Martinez: "We didn't do anything wrong. Their one shot on target ends up in the back of the net.

"The effort and the way that we play the game I couldn't fault. It is one of those moments in football sometimes that are difficult to explain."

"We have been very strong away from home and the points we have achieved is outstanding but we should base our success on making Goodison Park a fortress."

Difficult to explain defeat - Martinez

West Brom boss Tony Pulis: "Everton are a top four or five team. The depth of quality within the club is fantastic, they had a great performance to beat Stoke last week and to come here and put in that performance is fantastic.

"We played Everton at the beginning of the season and we were 2-0 up and they scored three late goals. We were distraught, so it is nice to come here and get one back on them."

What next?

Both sides are in FA Cup fifth-round action next Saturday. Everton travel to face Bournemouth (kick-off 17:15 GMT), while West Brom are at Championship side Reading (15:00).

The stats you need to know:

  • Everton had 34 shots against West Brom; the most by any team in a single Premier League game this season
  • The Toffees have conceded more goals at home than any other team in the league this season (23)
  • The Baggies have had fewer shots on target than any other team in the top flight (77)
  • Gareth Barry earned his 108th yellow card, extending his Premier League record

Line-ups

Everton

  • 1Robles
  • 23Coleman
  • 6Jagielka
  • 25Funes Mori
  • 8Oviedo
  • 16McCarthySubstituted forOsmanat 82'minutes
  • 18BarryBooked at 64mins
  • 12LennonSubstituted forDeulofeuat 74'minutes
  • 20Barkley
  • 15CleverleySubstituted forKonéat 58'minutes
  • 10Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 3Baines
  • 9Koné
  • 11Mirallas
  • 19Deulofeu
  • 21Osman
  • 22Pienaar
  • 24Howard

West Brom

  • 1FosterBooked at 75mins
  • 25Dawson
  • 6Evans
  • 3Olsson
  • 4Chester
  • 24FletcherBooked at 51mins
  • 5Yacob
  • 29Sessegnon
  • 18BerahinoSubstituted forGuimaraes Cordeiroat 90+2'minutes
  • 14McCleanBooked at 51minsSubstituted forBruntat 57'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 33RondónSubstituted forAnichebeat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Gardner
  • 10Anichebe
  • 11Brunt
  • 13Myhill
  • 15Pocognoli
  • 20Pritchard
  • 30Guimaraes Cordeiro
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
38,103

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home76%
Away24%
Shots
Home33
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home14
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Everton 0, West Bromwich Albion 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Everton 0, West Bromwich Albion 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (Everton) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Gareth Barry with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ben Foster.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Sandro replaces Saido Berahino.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bryan Oviedo with a cross following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Darren Fletcher.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leon Osman (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Claudio Yacob.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

  11. Post update

    Phil Jagielka (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion).

  13. Booking

    Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Leon Osman replaces James McCarthy.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Post update

    Delay in match Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Jonny Evans.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gareth Barry (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bryan Oviedo.

As It Stood

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1Leicester25158247272053
2Tottenham25139345192648
3Arsenal25146539221748
4Man City25145647262147
5Man Utd2611873324941
6Southampton26117834241040
7West Ham26101064031940
8Watford26106102928136
9Stoke26106102732-536
10Everton26811746351135
11Liverpool259883236-435
12Chelsea268993836233
13Crystal Palace2695122732-532
14West Brom2688102432-832
15Bournemouth2677123044-1428
16Swansea2669112434-1027
17Norwich2666143050-2024
18Newcastle2666142749-2224
19Sunderland2665153250-1823
20Aston Villa2537152040-2016
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