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West Brom 2-0 Everton: Long and McAuley keep Baggies' early season run going
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on on Sept. 1, 2012, 11:20 p.m.
An outstanding defensive performance was the foundation on which Steve Clarke's team recorded its second win of the season to continue its unbeaten run in the Premier League
Shane Long and Gareth McAuley grabbed second half goals for West
Brom to secure a 2-0 victory over Everton at the Hawthorns.
Long, who had hit the bar in the first half, converted Peter
Odemwingie's low cross from the left to put the Baggies
The points were sealed when McAuley, who played a big part in an
outstanding defensive performance by Steve Clarke's team, then beat
Tim Howard to a corner in the latter stages to end the Toffees' 100
percent start to the campaign.
Neither side included any new signings made in the final days of
the transfer window in their squads, with Everton completing a deal
for the versatile Copenhagen player Bryan Oviedo too late for him
West Brom was missing the bench threat of Romelu Lukaku, but were
able to include Odemwingie, who had also been an injury doubt,
among their substitutes.
Everton exerted most of the early pressure, with the powerful duo
of Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic pinning back the West Brom
defense. Ben Foster remained untested, however, despite the crosses
aimed into the box and referee Jon Moss rightly waved played on
when Jelavic appealed for a penalty under the challenge of Claudio
It was West Brom who eventually had the first real chance of the
contest having grown into their passing game as the half hour mark
approached. Shortly after Graham Dorrans' through ball had just
escaped James Morrison, Long rattled the crossbar with a header
from Liam Ridgewell's excellent cross.
The substitution of Darron Gibson, who suffered an injury, was a
factor in the deterioration of Everton's performance and control of
possession in the first half but even when they did reach the
penalty area, West Brom center backs McAuley and Jonas Olsson
competed strongly with Fellaini and Jelavic and permitted headed
attempts only from unthreatening areas.
Their defensive solidity was nearly rewarded when Morrison found
space in the center of the pitch to advance at goal, rounding
Sylvain Distin on the way, but Tim Howard made an excellent save to
deny the Scottish midfielder.
Everton continued to edge the possession stakes in the second half
and finally created a chance of note when substitute Kevin Mirallas
rolled in a cross from the right that Fellaini clumsily blazed over
the crossbar with his left foot when unmarked at the back
West Brom had introduced a wide forward of its own from the bench
in Odemwingie, and the Nigerian created the first goal of the same
in much the same way as Mirallas had laid on that gilt-edged chance
for Everton. Escaping the attention of Hibbert down the left, he
fired a low cross into the box that evaded Phil Jagielka and was
tapped in by Long from close range.
Victor Anichebe was added to the Everton attack as Moyes attempted
to find a spark of inspiration but McAuley, Olsson and company held
Indeed, it was West Brom who looked more likely to exploit the
space left by Everton's raids forward, with Yacob and Mulumbu going
close from distance.
And when the latter's shot was palmed behind by Howard, McAuley
stole in front of the goalkeeper from the resulting corner to seal
the points and continue the Baggies' superb start to the
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