West Brom 0-2 Everton - Lukaku back in the goals in comfortable win

West Bromwich Albion 0 - 2 Everton

  • 2" Romelu Lukaku
  • 66" Kevin Mirallas

Ref: Anthony Taylor
Attendance: 23,567

West Brom - The Hawthorns

Alan Irvine's tough start to life as West Bromwich Albion boss continues after Everton eased to a 2-0 win at The Hawthorns.

The appointment of Alan Irvine as the new West Brom boss was a strange one this summer, and so far, it isn't paying dividends. The Scot, 56, struggled in spells with Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday before returning to former club Everton as a youth coach, but he couldn't get one over the Toffees today as Everton gave him another defeat.

The Baggies started the season with two draws against Sunderland and Southampton, but their last Premier League game was a shambolic 3-0 defeat at the hands of Swansea City - and today didn't go much better either, despite Everton also being in search of their first Premier League win this season.

It was former West Brom loanee Romelu Lukaku who got the ball rolling for the Toffees, controlling the ball on the edge of the box before whipping a delightful right footed shot past Ben Foster and into the net. That was Lukaku's first goal since completing a £28m permanent switch to Goodison Park, and Everton will be ecstatic that the Belgian powerhouse is back amongst the goals.

Then just past the hour mark, it was Lukaku's international team mate Kevin Mirallas who sealed all three points, turning 20 yards from the goal before hitting a tame right footed shot with somehow found its way through Foster's fingertips.

Everton will now look to build from here when they face Crystal Palace next weekend, whilst West Brom's search for a first win under Irvine takes them to Tottenham - which could be another daunting task for a team bereft of confidence.

Statistics

West Bromwich Albion

Everton

Possession

45.5%
54.5%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

West Bromwich Albion

  • Ben Foster
  • Sébastien Pocognoli
  • Craig Dawson
  • Jonas Olsson
  • Andre Wisdom
  • James Morrison
  • Chris Brunt
  • Graham Dorrans
  • Craig Gardner
  • Brown Ideye
  • Saido Berahino

Substitutes

  • Luke Daniels
  • Georgios Samaras
  • Gareth McAuley
  • Sebastián Blanco
  • Chris Baird
  • Cristian Gamboa
  • Claudio Yacob

Everton

  • Tim Howard
  • Seamus Coleman
  • John Stones
  • Phil Jagielka
  • Leighton Baines
  • Kevin Mirallas
  • James McCarthy
  • Gareth Barry
  • Aiden McGeady
  • Steven Naismith
  • Romelu Lukaku

Substitutes

  • Darron Gibson
  • Antolin Alcaraz
  • Joel Robles
  • Luke Garbutt
  • Muhamed Besic
  • Christian Atsu
  • Leon Osman

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