West Brom escape from Goodison Park with a point.
Roberto’s style of play was evident early on as Everton looked for the short pass at every opportunity. The first effort on goal fell to Pienaar 7 minutes in as his header forced Foster into a decent save.
Everton looked sharp having good spells of possession, but it’s fair to say that West Brom were well organised, holding a strong back line and closing us down well in the middle. Barkley came to life, driving forward past Yacob and hitting a low cross which somehow managed to evade everyone in the box and go out for a goal kick.
West Brom went on to enjoy a good period of possession, a long ball from Foster was flicked on to Morrison, whose 25 yard effort flew narrowly off target. They continued to test us and created some chances.
Everton started to pick up the tempo and Mirallas hit a powerful strike from the edge of the area which was met with a brilliant save from Foster. Shortly after, Fellaini almost put Jelavić through the centre, but Yacob did well to make a vital interception.
Coleman looked impressive at right back with strong forward runs and he tested Foster with a low shot at his near post.
5 minutes into the second half and the Everton onslaught began. We created a number of opportunities before Foster spilled a firm shot from Barkley at his near post, then reacted quickly to deny Fellaini on the follow up.
Everton pushed for the goal but the sense of frustration grew as West Brom stood firm. Koné and Naismith came on for Jelavić & Mirallas in an attempt to find the breakthrough.
Foster went down with a knock in the area and had to be replaced by Daniels.
The best chance of the match came when Fellaini chested down a Jagielka pass and poked a shot past Daniels, only for it to rebound off the inside of the post. Naismith was unable to follow up.
We continued to attack until the last minute and a cross from Coleman ricocheted off the crossbar.
Full time. Everton 0-0 West Brom.
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