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West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Everton


By Mark Evans
September 1 2012

Shane Long netted in the 65th minute to send Albion on the way to they're best start to a Premiership season, which, in turn bought Evertons run of 12 unbeaten in the league to a halt.  It was then thanks to Gareth McAuley bagging a second goal for the Baggies to secure all 3 points in the latter stages of the game.

Long showed the work ethic Albion fans know him for over the course of his involvement in the game but his luck was not in for the first 45, missing a gilt edged opportunity to break the deadlock. Then in the second half it was a reversal of fortunes as he latched on to Peter Odemwingies pin point cross to open the scoring. Long was then the well deserved recipiant of a stanging ovation when he was withdrawn with 14 minutes to play.

The Toffees had not been beaten in the league since they lost to Arsenal six months ago.

Both teams named unchanged starting line ups from last weekends fixtures in which Albion secured a well earned point at White Hart Lane and Everton dominated events down the road at Villa Park.

With ever increasing regularity there are chants from the stands of "Clarkey, Clarkey give us a wave" which comes as no surprise with the Baggies being unbeaten in the first three league games and lining up a second home clash with the red half of Merseyside in the League Cup Third Round.

The only change to the playing staff today was among the subs as new boy Romelu Lukaku was unavailable after failing a late fitness test for an ankle injury.

In the opening exchanges it was Albion who put Everton under pressure but it was the away team that carved out the first clear chance of the game through Steven Pienarr after a blocked cross from full back Leighton Baines, the South African international had his effort blocked by Gareth McAuley after trying his luck from around 18 yards out.  Toffees had big shouts for a penalty when Claudio Yacob and Nekita Jelavic came together in the box but after seeing tv replays the referees decision was justified to turn down the appeals.

Everton then suffered an injury blow as Darren Gibson hobbled off to be replaced by Tony Hibbert. The hosts continued to make chances up until the half time whistle.

The baggies then started the second half with a wonderfully crafted move between Morrison, Yacob and Reid, if it had not have been for Evertons subsitute Hibbert making a last ditch clearence then Long would have had an open goal from Morrisons centre.

Not long after that Mulumbu hit a shot wide from just outside the area.

The Baggies were then forced to make a change at right back as Steven Reid was forced off to be replaced by Billy Jones

Just past the hour Everton had their best chance up until then when they hit the hosts on the break when Belgian international Fellaini looked odds on to score when his compatriate and new signing Kevin Mirallas hit a cross form the right wing which defltected into the path of Fellaini but he managed to sky his effort high and wide from 12 yards out. It was then after that that Albion opened the scoring.

The hosts then had control of the game when McAuley bagged his goal and Albion's second which now sees the Hawthorns team sitting in a Champions League postion although it is early days and there are many more matches to play

Possession - WBA 63% Everton 37%
Shots 14 - 12
On Target 8 - 5
Corners 6 - 3
Fouls 11 - 15
GOALS: ALBION Long (65), McAuley (82).
BOOKINGS: ALBION Reid (foul 47). EVERTON Hibbert (foul 36), Neville (foul 70), Fellaini (foul 71).

REFEREE: Jonathan Moss (West Yorkshire).
ATTENDANCE: 25,383.
MoM: Gareth McAuley

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