In-form Everton saw off a frustrated West Brom with a goal in each half to climb above Mersey rivals Liverpool in the Premier League table.

Leon Osman's wayward 20-yard shot, after a slick one-two with Nikica Jelavic, deflected off Albion's Gareth McAuley past a stranded Ben Foster.

Everton's recent PL record

Season Position Pts

2010-11

7th

54

2009-10

8th

61

2008-09

5th

63

2007-08

5th

65

2006-07

6th

58

And Victor Anichebe's low strike capped a great week for FA Cup semi-finalists Everton, who move up to seventh.

Albion's best chance saw a fierce shot by Paul Scharner parried by Tim Howard.

Historically Everton have been slow out of the Premier League blocks before picking up the pace in the second half of the season.

And this term is no different, with Moyes' men losing just two of their last 15 matches to move above Liverpool, who play Newcastle on Sunday, and book a mouth-watering FA Cup last-four tie against their neighbours.

Moyes told his players not to become distracted by the Wembley date, a message supported by skipper Phil Neville, and a lively performance indicated the pair's pre-match warnings had been heeded.

A congested midfield area allowed Everton's full-backs to storm forward and provide the main attacking outlet for the home side in the opening stages.

Moyes pleased Everton avoided 'FA Cup hangover'

Inevitably, Osman's opener started down the flank as right-back Tony Hibbert slipped in a pass to the midfielder, who smartly turned away from his marker before speculatively shooting towards goal.

Despite their relative success in the Premier League and FA Cup so far this term, Everton remain troubled by a lack of attacking incisiveness.

Only Stoke and Wigan have been less prolific in front of goal and there was a sense in the opening hour that the Toffees may come unstuck despite another dominant performance.

However, these feelings proved unfounded as substitute Anichebe wrapped up the victory six minutes after his introduction.

Steven Pienaar, back in the side after being cup-tied for the midweek FA Cup quarter-final win at Sunderland, was the architect as he sliced through a static West Brom backline before feeding the Nigerian, who drilled a 20-yard shot off the post.

DID YOU KNOW?

Referee Peter Walton took charge of his final Premier League match before heading to the United States to become Major League Soccer's officials' chief. An emotional Walton, 52, was close to tears at the final whistle and was embraced by David Moyes and Roy Hodgson.

Away days have been profitable for 14th-placed West Brom this season, with only Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham boasting better records on the road.

But they struggled to hit Everton on the break and only Scharner saw a clear sight of the home goal.

The Austrian skipped unopposed into the Everton box before his fierce low drive was parried wide by Howard. Chris Brunt's rebound looked to be heading towards goal but it struck Baggies team-mate Shane Long who could not move his body out of the way.

Frustration got the better of West Brom late on when Peter Odemwingie clashed with his own keeper Foster after the Nigerian reacted angrily to criticism.

Odemwingie blasted into the side-netting from an acute angle in Albion's best second-half chance but, in truth, they never looked like clinching a win which would have moved them mathematically closer to Premier League safety.

Second goal killed off game - Hodgson

Everton manager David Moyes: "It was a great result for us today.

"After the performance in midweek I was a little concerned, mentally more than physically, about how we would get on today.

"But the players did a brilliant job to go on and get an important three points.

"West Brom have a great away record and I was aware of that."

West Brom head coach Roy Hodgson: "I think we played quite well in the first half and unlucky to go 1-0 down to the deflection.

"We were reasonably in control in the first half.

"But the second goal allowed Everton to play with more confidence. After that we found it difficult to get back into the game.

"Our work-rate was good, we worked very hard, but we were playing against a good team. This is a hard place to come."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Everton

  • 24 Howard
  • 02 Hibbert
  • 03 Baines
  • 05 Heitinga
  • 06 Jagielka
  • 04 Gibson
  • 17 Cahill Booked (Anichebe - 62' )
  • 21 Osman (Gueye - 46' )
  • 22 Pienaar
  • 25 Fellaini
  • 07 Jelavic Booked (McFadden - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Mucha
  • 15 Distin
  • 18 Neville
  • 11 Stracqualursi
  • 14 McFadden
  • 19 Gueye
  • 28 Anichebe

West Brom

  • 01 Foster
  • 03 Olsson Booked
  • 06 Ridgewell
  • 23 McAuley
  • 28 Jones
  • 05 Tchoyi (Fortune - 73' )
  • 08 Andrews
  • 11 Brunt (Cox - 77' )
  • 33 Scharner (Dorrans - 67' )
  • 09 Long
  • 24 Odemwingie

Substitutes

  • 19 Daniels
  • 20 Shorey
  • 25 Dawson
  • 17 Dorrans
  • 21 Mulumbu
  • 31 Cox
  • 32 Fortune
Ref: Walton
Att: 32,051

Match Stats

Shots

16 9

On target

10 5

Corners

5 2

Fouls

8 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:52 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +2:40

Defending throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom).

90:00 +2:09

Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).

90:00 +2:00

Shot by James McFadden (Everton) drilled right-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Jonas Olsson (West Brom).

90:00 +0:28

Corner from left by-line taken short left-footed by Leighton Baines (Everton).

89:35

Shot by Graham Dorrans (West Brom) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Leighton Baines (Everton).

89:20

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Everton) on Peter Odemwingie (West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Peter Odemwingie (West Brom) from right channel, passed.

88:45

Attacking throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).

87:15

Shot by Peter Odemwingie (West Brom) right-footed from right channel (30 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).

86:20 Substitution

Substitution Everton substitution: Nikica Jelavic replaced by James McFadden (tactical).

86:01

Shot by Magaye Gueye (Everton) left-footed from left channel (18 yards), save (caught) by Ben Foster (West Brom).

85:44

Short corner taken by Leighton Baines.

85:14

Weak shot by Nikica Jelavic (Everton) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Jonas Olsson (West Brom). Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Leighton Baines (Everton).

83:07

Defending throw-in by Tony Hibbert (Everton).

82:00

Defending throw-in by Billy Jones (West Brom).

81:17

Attacking throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).

80:57

Attacking throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).

78:55

Defending throw-in by Billy Jones (West Brom).

78:22

Shot by Nikica Jelavic (Everton) left-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Ben Foster (West Brom).

77:58

Shot by Marc-Antoine Fortune (West Brom) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Tim Howard (Everton).

77:45

Attacking throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom).

77:13

Attacking throw-in by Simon Cox (West Brom).

76:34 Substitution

Substitution West Brom substitution: Chris Brunt replaced by Simon Cox (tactical).

74:39

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Chris Brunt (West Brom) to centre, resulting in open play.

74:20

Shot by Peter Odemwingie (West Brom) left-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Johnny Heitinga (Everton).

73:56

Shot by Steven Pienaar (Everton) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Ben Foster (West Brom).

73:14

Attacking throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom).

73:08

Attacking throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom).

72:15 Substitution

Substitution West Brom substitution: Somen Tchoyi replaced by Marc-Antoine Fortune (tactical).

72:05

Defending throw-in by Tony Hibbert (Everton).

70:19

Foul by Gareth McAuley (West Brom) on Nikica Jelavic (Everton). Free kick taken right-footed by Steven Pienaar (Everton) from left channel, passed.

69:46

Defending throw-in by Billy Jones (West Brom).

69:15

Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).

69:02

Shot by Shane Long (West Brom) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

67:48

Assist (pass) by Steven Pienaar (Everton) from left channel.

67:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Victor Anichebe - Everton 2 - 0 West Brom Goal by Victor Anichebe (Everton) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from right channel (20 yards).Everton 2-0 West Brom.

67:31

Defending throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).

66:22 Substitution

Substitution West Brom substitution: Paul Scharner replaced by Graham Dorrans (tactical).

66:00

Goal kick taken long by Ben Foster (West Brom).

64:53

Free kick taken right-footed by Nikica Jelavic (Everton) from left channel (20 yards), over the bar.

64:53 Booking

Booking Jonas Olsson (West Brom) booked for unsporting behaviour.

64:41

Foul by Jonas Olsson (West Brom) on Steven Pienaar (Everton).

64:03

Goal kick taken short by Tim Howard (Everton).

63:28

Attacking throw-in by Tony Hibbert (Everton).

62:28

Defending throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).

61:57 Substitution

Substitution Everton substitution: Tim Cahill replaced by Victor Anichebe (tactical).

60:36

Attacking throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom).

59:35 Booking

Booking Tim Cahill (Everton) booked for unsporting behaviour.

59:24

Foul by Tim Cahill (Everton) on Liam Ridgewell (West Brom). Free kick taken left-footed by Ben Foster (West Brom) from own half, resulting in open play.

58:16

Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).

57:55

Shot by Keith Andrews (West Brom) drilled right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed right.

57:15

Attacking throw-in by Tony Hibbert (Everton).

56:50

Defending throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).

56:19

Tim Cahill (Everton) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Ben Foster (West Brom) from own half, resulting in open play.

54:22 Booking

Booking Nikica Jelavic (Everton) booked for unsporting behaviour.

53:58

Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Everton) on Liam Ridgewell (West Brom). Free kick taken left-footed by Ben Foster (West Brom) from right wing, resulting in open play.

53:44

Defending throw-in by Tony Hibbert (Everton).

52:48

Header by Nikica Jelavic (Everton) from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Ben Foster (West Brom).

52:38

Shot by Marouane Fellaini (Everton) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), blocked by Gareth McAuley (West Brom).

52:07

Attacking throw-in by Tony Hibbert (Everton).

49:37

Foul by Peter Odemwingie (West Brom) on Steven Pienaar (Everton). Free kick taken right-footed by Tim Howard (Everton) from own half, resulting in open play.

49:09

Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Everton) on Gareth McAuley (West Brom). Free kick taken left-footed by Ben Foster (West Brom) from own half, resulting in open play.

48:40

Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).

47:52

Goal kick taken long by Ben Foster (West Brom).

47:21

Foul by Paul Scharner (West Brom) on Nikica Jelavic (Everton). Free kick taken right-footed by Johnny Heitinga (Everton) from right channel, resulting in open play.

46:28

Shot by Marouane Fellaini (Everton) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Ben Foster (West Brom).

45:33

Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Everton) on Gareth McAuley (West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Gareth McAuley (West Brom) from own half, passed.

45:05

Attacking throw-in by Billy Jones (West Brom).

45:01

The second half begins.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Everton substitution: Leon Osman replaced by Magaye Gueye (injury).

45:00 +1:21 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:38

Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).

45:00 +0:12

Defending throw-in by Gareth McAuley (West Brom).

42:35

Foul by Keith Andrews (West Brom) on Marouane Fellaini (Everton). Free kick crossed left-footed by Leighton Baines (Everton) from left wing, save (caught) by Ben Foster (West Brom).

42:18

Attacking throw-in by Steven Pienaar (Everton).

41:45

Paul Scharner (West Brom) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Tim Howard (Everton) from own half, resulting in open play.

41:10

Defending throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).

40:47

Shot by Peter Odemwingie (West Brom) right-footed from right channel (18 yards), resulting in open play.

40:15

Attacking throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom).

39:59

Attacking throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom).

39:42

Shot by Steven Pienaar (Everton) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Ben Foster (West Brom).

39:04

Goal kick taken long by Ben Foster (West Brom).

38:20

Foul by Billy Jones (West Brom) on Steven Pienaar (Everton). Free kick taken right-footed by Johnny Heitinga (Everton) from left channel, passed.

36:57

Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).

34:36

Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Everton) on Jonas Olsson (West Brom). Free kick taken left-footed by Ben Foster (West Brom) from own half, passed.

34:03

Attacking throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom).

33:28

Attacking throw-in by Billy Jones (West Brom).

32:17

Defending throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).

31:44

Defending throw-in by Billy Jones (West Brom).

31:16

Attacking throw-in by Billy Jones (West Brom).

29:50

Goal kick taken long by Ben Foster (West Brom).

28:59

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Everton) on Paul Scharner (West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Gareth McAuley (West Brom) from own half, passed.

28:11

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Leighton Baines (Everton) to far post, save (caught) by Ben Foster (West Brom).

27:59

Shot by Marouane Fellaini (Everton) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), save (blocked) by Ben Foster (West Brom).

26:48

Shot by Paul Scharner (West Brom) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Tim Howard (Everton). Shot by Chris Brunt (West Brom) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards),

26:23

Foul by Tim Cahill (Everton) on Liam Ridgewell (West Brom). Free kick taken right-footed by Keith Andrews (West Brom) from own half, passed.

25:57

Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).

25:23

Foul by Keith Andrews (West Brom) on Steven Pienaar (Everton). Free kick taken right-footed by Leighton Baines (Everton) from own half, passed.

24:54

Attacking throw-in by Billy Jones (West Brom).

24:43

Defending throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).

22:02

Attacking throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (West Brom).

20:38

Attacking throw-in by Tony Hibbert (Everton).

17:44

Assist on the goal came from Leon Osman.

17:44

Assist (pass) by Nikica Jelavic (Everton) from right channel.

17:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Leon Osman - Everton 1 - 0 West Brom Goal by Leon Osman (Everton) left-footed (bottom-left of goal) from right channel (20 yards).Everton 1-0 West Brom.

16:24

Defending throw-in by Billy Jones (West Brom).

16:02

Defending throw-in by Billy Jones (West Brom).

15:45

Foul by Peter Odemwingie (West Brom) on Johnny Heitinga (Everton). Free kick taken right-footed by Tim Howard (Everton) from own half, passed.

15:32

Goal kick taken short by Ben Foster (West Brom).

15:00

Attacking throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).

14:40

Shot by Nikica Jelavic (Everton) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Paul Scharner (West Brom).

14:28

Foul by Billy Jones (West Brom) on Steven Pienaar (Everton). Free kick taken right-footed by Steven Pienaar (Everton) from right wing, passed.

13:49

Defending throw-in by Leighton Baines (Everton).

13:33

Attacking throw-in by Billy Jones (West Brom).

12:43

Defending throw-in by Tony Hibbert (Everton).

11:07

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Chris Brunt (West Brom) to near post, clearance by Johnny Heitinga (Everton).

10:39

Attacking throw-in by Billy Jones (West Brom).

10:01

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Darron Gibson (Everton) to far post, save (caught) by Ben Foster (West Brom).

9:03

Attacking throw-in by Billy Jones (West Brom).

7:33

Foul by Shane Long (West Brom) on Leon Osman (Everton). Free kick taken right-footed by Tony Hibbert (Everton) from own half, resulting in open play.

5:48

Peter Odemwingie (West Brom) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Phil Jagielka (Everton) from own half, resulting in open play.

5:13

Foul by Paul Scharner (West Brom) on Tim Cahill (Everton). Free kick taken right-footed by Leighton Baines (Everton) from left wing, passed.

4:52

Goal kick taken long by Ben Foster (West Brom).

4:35

Shot by Darron Gibson (Everton) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), over the bar.

3:00

Goal kick taken long by Ben Foster (West Brom).

2:39

Foul by Billy Jones (West Brom) on Steven Pienaar (Everton). Free kick taken right-footed by Steven Pienaar (Everton) from left wing, passed.

2:01

Goal kick taken long by Ben Foster (West Brom).

1:44

Header by Leon Osman (Everton) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed right.

1:11

Attacking throw-in by Tony Hibbert (Everton).

0:54

Attacking throw-in by Tony Hibbert (Everton).

0:36

Attacking throw-in by Tony Hibbert (Everton).

0:15

Defending throw-in by Tony Hibbert (Everton).

0:00

The match begins.

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