West Brom v Everton - as it happened

Live text commentary as Diego Lugano's goal ensures Pepe Mel's West Brom draw with Everton in the Premier League.

20 January 2014 Last updated at 18:41

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As it happened

  1. 2237: 

    That is your lot for this evening.

    Tomorrow night and Wednesday night are Capital One Cup-focused.

    Will West Ham go down by a double-digit aggregate score against Manchester City? Can Manchester United overturn a first-leg deficit against Sunderland?

    All these questions and more will be answered over the next 48 hours.

    But it is goodbye for now.

  2. 2234: 
    West Brom 1-1 Everton

    A quick post-match big-up for Chris Brunt. The West Brom midfielder headed to a wide left position in the last of Pepe Mel's many second-half rejigs.

    He duly delivered four good crosses (as defined by stats gurus Opta), double anyone else's total.

  3. 2228: 
    MANAGER REACTION

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez on an injury to Seamus Coleman: "He felt his hamstring a little bit and that is a big worry. We will assess him know and see what the final verdict is, it is not a good sign when you see player coming off due to a soft tissue injury."

    On potential new signing Lacina Traore: "He is a player we are interested in, we would love to add him to the squad. We need to go through all the necessary routes and hopefully we can do that over the next few days.

    On Leighton Baines signing a new deal: "There is nothing to announce yet on Leighton Baines but we will see if we can deliver good news."

  4. 2225: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Brom 1-1 Everton
    Pepe Mel

    West Brom manager Pepe Mel: "For me the performance was very good. In the first half we were too open but in the second half we were too compact. Everton is a team that is very, very strong. Tonight was a difficult match for me and my team.

    "It's only the first week. I need to work with my players. The players are angry - for me it's important. Regarding strikers, Shane Long is out. The team is very well, but I need one more striker. But I have Nicolas Anelka, Matej Vydra, Victor Anichebe - I'm happy."

  5. 2220: 
    West Brom 1-1 Everton

    Perhaps inspired by the suave multilingual Roberto Martinez, Pepe Mel has given his English a little outing. And it is not too bad at all.

  6. 2218: 
    MANAGER REACTION- West Brom 1-1 Everton
    Roberto Martinez

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "Any point is good point, but I was disappointed with the second-half performance.

    "The hardest thing in first half was to get the goal and we managed that. In the second half the condition of pitch didn't allow us to get on the ball much."

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    Morgan Davies: "When we play that poorly and get a point we've got to take it really. Our small squad is starting to affect us. Signings please."

    Sham Gallagher: "Everton have dropped vital points here, but on the other hand WBA earned a well deserved point. Start of many I think."

    Richard Powell: "Content with a point against a well drilled outfit like Everton. I'd settle for mid-table obscurity for the time being."

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    From Stephen in Skelmersdale: Big tests coming up now for Everton, then we'll really see whether they are top four material or not.

    Luke in Surrey: Pleasing display from West Brom. Tough to take points off Everton this season, so big up Pepe Mel!

    Mike, Liverpool, via text: Everton don't have the squad or the finance for CL football. To get these missing requirements the club needs investment: this is more likely with European football - the Champions League variety$ why shouldn't Everton compete? This could be the third consecutive year they finish above Liverpool whilst spending a fraction with a much more passionate support than their neighbours across Stanley Park. Everton in the Champions - yes please.

  9. 2212: 
    West Brom 1-1 Everton
    Match stats

    After being kept well under the cosh in the first half, West Brom eventually clicked into gear midway through the second half and ended the match with about an equal share of possession and territory.

  10. 2208: 
    PLAYER REACTION- West Brom 1-1 Everton
    Gareth Barry

    Everton midfielder Gareth Barry speaking on Sky Sports: "We knew it was going to be tough. They were going to go right to the end. At the end of the game I had a great chance from eight yards out - it's a shame they [the West Brom defence] all pushed up.

    "It was a fair result in the end. It's nine draws for us now and that's too many. But if we show the form that we showed at start of season then we'll be there or thereabouts."

  11. 2204: 
    PLAYER REACTION
    Victor ANichebe

    West Brom striker Victor Anichebe on being brought on by Pepe Mel in the second half: "I didn't understand him. He shouted to me to come over and then sent me on."

    Book that man a slot on Who's Line is it Anyway?. A superb improvised performance.

  12. 2203: 

    Everton's next league game is across the park at Merseyside neighbours Liverpool. Their meeting at Goodison Park flew by in a blizzard of chances and uncompromising challenges, ending 3-3.

    Book your seat on the sofa for 2000 GMT Tuesday 28 January.

  13. 2158: 
    WHAT IT MEANS...

    The big question is what does the result means for the two sides' respective position in the table. The big answer is Everton remain sixth...

    Table

    And West Brom are 13th...

    Table
  14.   
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Steve Claridge at The Hawthorns

    "Pepe Mel got some things right and some things wrong tonight. There were so many different shapes, systems and positions that players played. An indifferent night and an indifferent game."

  15. 2155: 
    West Brom 1-1 Everton

    It was a low-key first two thirds, but for the last half-hour it was a ding-dong Premier League dust-up.

    Pepe Mel's first game finishes feeling like a win, Everton are left to rue not making it safe when the hosts were more docile.

  16. 2153: 
    FULL-TIME- West Brom 1-1 Everton
  17. 2153: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- West Brom 1-1 Everton

    Drama. Sylvain Distin is ruled offside, quite rightly, as he diverts Gareth Barry's shot home from close range. That was literally the last kick of the game.

  18. 2151: 
    YELLOW CARD- West Brom 1-1 Everton

    Kevin Mirallas picks up a late yellow. Just a minute of injury-time to go.

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    Nich Starling: This is as bad as Everton have played in a good 18 months. Exceptionally poor.

    millsotheblue: Lukaku looking very complacent with nobody else pushing for his place. You can't blame him

  20. 2150: 
    GOOD GOALKEEPING- West Brom 1-1 Everton

    Ben Foster flies out to collect Romelu Lukaku's cushioned header with Steven Naismith cantering in in pursuit. The West Brom goalkeeper kept his eyes on the ball and collected well.

  21. 2149: 
    INJURY TIME- West Brom 1-1 Everton

    Four minutes of added-on time.

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    West Brom 1-1 Everton

    It is a comfortable save for Tim Howard.

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    West Brom 1-1 Everton

    West Brom win a free-kick off Kevin Mirallas. Just over 30 yards out and central. Steven Reid and Chris Brunt both having a look....

  24. 2147: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Brom 1-1 Everton

    Steven Naismith on for Leon Osman, who looks like he has picked up a strain. With Seamus Coleman also off with an injury, it could be more than the dropped points that upsets Roberto Martinez.

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    West Brom 1-1 Everton
    Everton's Leighton Baines (right) tangles with West Bromwich Albion's Youssuf Mulumbu

    West Brom are looking a lot better with a bit of width and a targetman to aim for. Phil Jagielka has to get a flick of a forehead onto Chris Brunt's cross to divert it clear of Victor Anichebe in the six-yard box.

  26. 2145:  
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  27. 2144: 
    FIVE TO GO- West Brom 1-1 Everton

    Everton are finishing the stronger. Leighton Baines with a throw-in up by the West Brom corner flag as the clock ticks past 85 minutes.

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    West Brom 1-1 Everton

    Neither side are going to settle for a point yet. Everton's chance to probe and test as Jonas Olsson is at full stretch to get a toe on John Stone's cunning reverse pass. Kevin Mirallas goes down theatrically as he tries to get on the loose ball but there was not a lot of support from his team-mates and even less from ref Michael Oliver.

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    Oliver Tapper: Fully deserved. West Brom have piled on the pressure and have played in a very positive manner. What now Mr. Martinez?

    Eugene Vasilyev: WBA score and bring Berahino on the same moment. Not good news for Everton I'd say

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    West Brom 1-1 Everton

    Everton are suddenly looking a little ragged at the back - with a couple of defenders needed to usher Victor Anichebe out of a dangerous area.

  31. 2139: 
    TEN TO GO- West Brom 1-1 Everton

    Is there a winner in this? Ten to go...

  32. 2138: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Brom 1-1 Everton

    Aidan McGeady comes on for his Everton debut. Bryan Oviedo is the man to give way in a straight swap.

  33. 2138: 
    West Brom 1-1 Everton

    Oohh! Chris Brunt sends a low cross fizzing through the Everton box, no-one in a West Brom shirt can match its pace though and get a touch though.

  34. 2137: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Brom 1-1 Everton

    Everton are forced into a change of their own with Seamus Coleman feeling his hamstring. John Stone on in his place.

  35. 2136: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Brom 1-1 Everton

    West Brom remove Nicolas Anelka and bring on Saido Berahino. Could he supply an unlikely winner?

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    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at The HawthornsWest Brom 1-1 Everton

    "Everton have really let things slide in the second half and slowly West Brom have edged their way back in. The momentum is now with Pepe Mel's side and Everton need to find fresh impetus from somewhere."

  37.   
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Steve Claridge at The Hawthorns

    "That was a fantastic header. How many times do you see that? A player makes a mistake for the goal and then rectifies it later."

    You can listen to live commentary of West Brom v Everton on BBC Radio 5 live.

  38. 2133: 
    GOAL- West Brom 1-1 Everton - Diego Lugano (75 mins)

    Well, well, well. It didn't seem on the cards, but West Brom draw level as Diego Lugano meets James Morrison's pinpoint near-post cross with a stooping header.

    The Uruguayan did well to steer it on target and Tim Howard had no chance as the ball flashed past him.

  39.   
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Steve Claridge at The Hawthorns

    "Both sides are making mistakes - Everton are getting dragged down. They're so comfortable at the moment and happy just to see the match out."

    You can listen to live commentary of West Brom v Everton on BBC Radio 5 live.

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    West Brom 0-1 Everton

    Saido Berahino is being prepped on the sidelines for West Brom. They certainly need something...

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    Glen James: Can't help but feel Everton would struggle in the CL next year without Lukaku. Rather see Liverpool finish 4th.

    Robert Procter: To say Everton haven't been their best recently, they're still getting good results. The sign of a top 4 team.

    Adam Williamson: Interesting coincidence that Pepe Mel's first home game is the same as Pochettino's was - Everton. WBA looking very good to me

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    West Brom 0-1 Everton

    Kevin Mirallas curls a free-kick over the top. There was plenty of swerve on that but not enough dip to trouble Ben Foster in the West Brom goal.

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    West Brom 0-1 Everton
    Everton's Kevin Mirallas shoots at goal

    Twenty minutes to go.

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    West Brom 0-1 Everton

    It is all blind alleys and lone furrows for West Brom up front. Victor Anichebe charges up the left wing, but with James McCarthy and Phil Jagielka for company, he can only manage a low cross to no-one. Tim Howard collects.

  45. 2126: 
    West Brom 0-1 Everton

    It looks like it is going to need a thunderbolt long-ranger from James Morrison or Chris Brunt to breach Everton this evening. Morrison swipes a waist-high volley well over the top from the edge of the box.

    A Chris Brunt cross flies through the penalty box without a West Brom shirt in sight shortly after and the crowd want to see a bit more from the hosts.

  46. 2122:  
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Steve Claridge at The Hawthorns

    "It's got progressively worse for West Brom. The substitutions haven't helped, the shape isn't right. I'm not sure they've worked out what they're trying do here.

    "Everton have been sloppy in possession quite a few times in the second half but West Brom have not been able to make anything of it."

    You can listen to live commentary of West Brom v Everton on BBC Radio 5 live.

  47. 2121: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Brom 0-1 Everton

    Intriguing. Youssuf Mulumbu comes on in place of Zoltan Gera for West Brom. He leaves Claudio Yacob to do the defensive donkey work and presses forward alongside Chris Brunt and James Morrison, with Nicolas Anelka just off Victor Anichebe beyond them.

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    Ollie in Bristol via text: The problem WBA have is that no one has the confidence to shoot anymore. As much as his departure caused a lot of bad blood, Odemwingie at least had the striker's urge to have a shot even when it seemed nothing else was on. Now, when our box play is kept in check, the best we can muster is sideways passes and the very occasional half-hearted effort from Morrison or Brunt.

    Steve Huish, Surbiton, via text: If this result stays the same it's even worse news for Man United as they will be 7 points off 4th place. It will send tremors through old Trafford .

    Louie in Bristol: Everton showing that even with the flowing football that they have acquired this season, they have not lost the resilience that they had under moyes. Top four a real possibility.

  49. 2119: 
    West Brom 0-1 Everton

    Romelu Lukaku's shot is deflected over the top from Kevin Mirallas's cross as Everton break at pace. They look useful on the counter and may get more chances to do so as West Brom are forced to chase the game.

  50. 2118:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at The HawthornsWest Brom 0-1 Everton
    Gareth Barry (left) in action for Everton

    "Gareth Barry has become such a significant signing for Everton this season. Great experience, almost perfect positional sense and excellent use of the ball. Such an under-rated - and under-stated - performer. Holds it all together in midfield for Roberto Martinez's side."

  51. 2115: 
    West Brom 0-1 Everton

    This West Brom front pairing already looks more potent. Nicolas Anelka floats out into the right-hand channel and wraps a low cross around Sylvain Distin and into the box. It takes a stretching challenge from Phil Jagielka to get to the ball before Victor Anichebe.

  52. 2115:  
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Steve Claridge at The Hawthorns

    "For West Brom, it's about getting it right in the final third. It all looks a little bit complicated from them at this stage. There isn't time for a honeymoon period for Pepe Mel."

    You can listen to live commentary of West Brom v Everton on BBC Radio 5 live.

  53. 2112: 
    West Brom 0-1 Everton

    Victor Anichebe has given West Brom a little more heft up front, but the spaces between he and his team-mates in attack are still too big. Everton are able to get in between them and break up their movement with relative ease.

  54. 2110: 
    YELLOW CARD- West Brom 0-1 Everton

    Gareth Barry goes into the book for a cynical and mighty effective body-check on Nicolas Anelka that brings a West Brom counter to a halt.

  55. 2109: 
    West Brom 0-1 Everton
    West Brom's player James Morrison (right) challenges Phil Jagielka

    Zoltan Gera plays it clever, cutting the ball back to James Morrison on the D when Everton thought it was heading to Victor Anichebe or Nicolas Anelka, who had rushed into the box.

    Morrison cannot provide a decent effort to go with it though, duffing one straight at Tim Howard.

  56. 2106: 
    West Brom 0-1 Everton

    A quick reminder of what is on the line here. As it stands, Everton will move up to fourth with a win.

    Table

    West Brom would remain just three points off the drop.

    Table
  57. 2103: 
    KICK-OFF- West Brom 0-1 Everton

    We are back up and running.

  58. 2103: 
    SUBSTITUTION- West Brom 0-1 Everton

    Pepe Mel has sent his side back out a couple of minutes early. He has made a change as well with former Toffee Victor Anichebe on for Matej Vydra.

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    Oliver Tapper: Martinez has so many options from here, now they should be taken seriously as a top 4 team. Mcgeady to score off the bench.

    Rabin Acharya: Everton and Arsenal, two dark horses in this year's league, nobody giving them a chance to retain their respective positions.

    Chris Harvey: Moyes left a terrific team. Baines, Jagielka, Coleman, Mirallas, Osman and Berkeley would all improve the one he inherited.

  60. 2100:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at The HawthornsWest Brom 0-1 Everton
    Kevin Mirallas celebrates scoring for West Brom

    "Everton's greater threat means they deserve the lead at half-time - prompting some rather cruel 'Stuck With Moyes Stuck With Moyes Man Utd - Playing Football The Negative Way' chants from the visiting supporters. They may be better off saving that stuff until the final whistle."

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    West Brom 0-1 Everton
    match stats

    West Brom by contrast have been keep it fairly narrow with Zoltan Gera and Chris Brunt (numbers 22 and 11) tucking in as the hosts attempt to ruffle the visitor's composure on the ball.

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    LEFT WING BIAS- West Brom 0-1 Everton
    First half action areas

    Everton have been getting at West Brom down the left with Leighton Baines and Kevin Mirallas running at Steven Reid.

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    Andrew via text: And there you have the reason why Uruguayan captain Diego Lugano has spent a large chunk of the Premier League season on the bench for West Brom. The pace of the English game is just too much for him. Gareth McAuley is always hugely missed when he doesn't start.

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    West Brom 0-1 Everton
    half time stats

    The numbers look quite good, but they are probably flattering the action that produced them. It has been interesting rather than enthralling so far.

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    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Steve Claridge at The Hawthorns

    "It's been a tight game - not a lot in it. There was one moment of brilliance from Lukaku and Mirallas. That was about it as the difference between the two sides. For West Brom, it's been different to what they've played [this season]. The back four have to play a high line, but they don't always want to do that because they're playing against Lukaku. It's been a little bit hit and miss."

    You can listen to live commentary of West Brom v Everton on BBC Radio 5 live.

  66. 2048: 
    HALF-TIME- West Brom 0-1 Everton
  67. 2046: 
    INJURY TIME- West Brom 0-1 Everton

    We will have two minutes added on at the end of the first half.

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    Sham Gallagher: Just when WBA were all over Everton, they go and do that, WBA will find it hard to recover now.

    Kemlo: Something was bound to happen, and Lukaku had to be involved with it.

    Ian Marks: West Brom playing too many backward passes when forward and wide ones are available. Too easy to defend.

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    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Steve Claridge at The HawthornsWest Brom 0-1 Everton

    "It's not great play from Diego Lugano. Kevin Mirallas anticipated the flick from Lukaku better than Lugano - and you have to say that is a good finish because the Everton player did not have much of the goal to aim at."

    You can listen to live commentary of West Brom v Everton on BBC Radio 5 live.

  70. 2042: 
    GOAL- West Brom 0-1 Everton - Kevin Mirallas (41 mins)

    This one is all about the runners. Kevin Mirallas gets on his bike and advances beyond team-mate Romelu Lukaku. When the Belgian striker wins a flick-on ahead of Jonas Olsson, Mirallas keeps his cool to elude Diego Lugano and steer the ball inside Ben Foster's near post.

    The defending was not all that sturdy though. Pepe Mel better have the English to tell his side to fix up on that.

  71. 2041: 
    West Brom 0-0 Everton

    Incisive from West Brom. Claudio Yacob's precise pass in behind Everton springs Matej Vydra. The Czech striker slams on the brake and stubs over a little cross towards the near post area and Zoltan Gera, but it is touched clear by a defender.

  72. 2041:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at The HawthornsWest Brom 0-0 Everton

    "Everton were the better side in the opening half hour but Pepe Mel's side have come right into this before half-time while the visitors have become increasingly sloppy."

  73. 2037: 
    West Brom 0-0 Everton

    Everton have a promising free-kick position, 40-odd yards from goal. Gareth Barry plays it short to Leon Osman but Zoltan Gera is immediately yapping around his heels to dispossess him. West Brom have been all energy.

  74. 2034: 
    West Brom 0-0 Everton
    Liam Ridgewell and Bryan Oviedo

    Pepe Mel's Betis side may have been known for their fluid attacking style, but by the looks of West Brom's first half hour under him, he can do industry and defence as well. Which is just as well considering where they are in the table.

  75. 2032:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at The HawthornsWest Brom 0-0 Everton

    "Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is struggling as yet to make an impact on the ground where he was such a success on loan for West Bromwich Albion. Lukaku - sporting a new look without his dreadlocks - is being well shackled by Jonas Olsson."

  76.   
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Steve Claridge at The Hawthorns

    "It started at a good pace and a rattle. I'll be kind by saying it's 'settled down'. West Brom haven't got an 'out'. When going from back to front they haven't got an option available to them."

    You can listen to live commentary of West Brom v Everton on BBC Radio 5 live.

  77. 2031: 
    West Brom 0-0 Everton

    A tiddler of a cross from Leon Osman dribbles across the face of goal, evading both Romelu Lukaku and Bryan Oviedo before Seamus Coleman comes onto it like a 1970 Carlos Alberto. Not the same result for the Everton full-back though as his effort is blocked by the shins of Chris Brunt.

  78. 2029: 
    West Brom 0-0 Everton

    Romelu Lukaku shrugs off Jonas Olsson on the edge of the box, but Michael Oliver decides there was a little too much shoulder in his challenge and halts the Everton striker's advance on goal with a blast of his whistle.

  79. 2028: 
    West Brom 0-0 Everton

    You felt that one back here. Bryan Oviedo gets all eight of Liam Ridgewell's studs into his ankle. The West Brom man trots off as if nothing untoward has happened and is lucky that Michael Oliver is in lenient mood. Could easily have been yellow.

  80. 2025: 
    STATS- West Brom 0-0 Everton
    Stats

    Midway through the first half and the game has yet to fully come to life. Everton with more possession and shots at goals, but the Baggies have been lively on the counter.

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    Paul Thompson: Already seeing more aggression from WBA but in a good way. Everton won't find this easy in the slightest. Already an open game!

    Jerome Harris: End to end stuff. Will the Baggies contain the Toffees? Always a childhood worry of mine

    Kevin Doyle: To all Everton fans expecting big things from McGeady, don't. There's a reason he gets stick from Irish fans, he's useless

  82. 2022: 
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    Leighton Baines (left) tussles with West Brom's Zolton Gera

    Andrew, Richhill, via text: Of Everton's starting line-up, 6 would get into the current Manchester United starting XI. Baines, Jagielka, Coleman, Barry, Mirallas and Lukaku. Not since the 1980s have we been able to say that.

    Johnny in Bradford via text: Pepe Mel does right to speak to the media through an interpreter, this way nothing he says will be spun by the media- stability being crucial to a survival battle.

  83. 2022:  
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Steve Claridge at The Hawthorns

    "Anelka likes to run right across the line. He doesn't mind going wide - either side, left or right. West Brom are playing a system that allows him to play right across the front line."

    You can listen to live commentary of West Brom v Everton on BBC Radio 5 live.

  84. 2021: 
    West Brom 0-0 Everton

    West Brom are pressing high and hard to try to prevent Everton getting their passing patterns going. Sylvain Distin is fortunate to get the benefit of referee Michael Oliver's doubt as he contests a ball running towards the byeline with Matej Vydra.

  85. 2019: 
    West Brom 0-0 Everton

    James McCarthy's eyes light up as the ball drops invitingly on the edge of the box for him from Kevin Mirallas's cross. The former Wigan man can't quite sort his feet out in time though and pokes an improvised effort straight at Ben Foster.

  86. 2017:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at The HawthornsEARLY ANALYSIS- West Brom 0-0 Everton

    "Early indications are that new West Brom boss Pepe Mel is very keen on seeing his players really press Everton - and the fans like what they see.

    "Everton manager Roberto Martinez is using Bryan Oviedo in an unfamiliar right-flank role with Steven Pienaar ruled out through injury. The move is slightly unorthodox but the Costa Rican has been a threat with two efforts just off target."

  87. 2016: 
    West Brom 0-0 Everton

    Both Nicolas Anelka and Matej Vydra are finding space when they float wide into the channels behind Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman.

    Anelka slashes wildly over the top after jagging in off the left wing, but his mere presence in those positions might give Everton's full-backs something to think about before they bomb forward.

  88.   
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Steve Claridge at The Hawthorns

    "West Brom are almost playing in two sections - it looks like they're playing with a front five. It's a positive start from both sides. One team breaks, the other team win the ball back and break - it's stretched. "

    You can listen to live commentary of West Brom v Everton on BBC Radio 5 live.

  89. 2014: 
    West Brom 0-0 Everton

    Brian Oviedo is the Everton man slipping the attentions of the West Brom midfield at the moment. The Costa Rican sends an effort fizzing just wide of the far post before scuffing a shot past the other upright after cutting inside a minute later.

  90. 2011: 
    GREAT SAVE!- West Brom 0-0 Everton
    West Brom boss Pepe Mel

    Timely from Tim Howard and it had to be. The Everton goalkeeper comes flying off his line to tip away Matej Vydra's cross. James Morrison was charging in at the far post and was favourite to get a touch if Howard hadn't.

  91. 2008: 
    West Brom 0-0 Everton

    First effort on goal comes from former Baggies striker Romelu Lukaku, who gets the drop on Jonas Olsson, sprinting onto Leighton Baines through ball and lofting a cute lobbed shot just wide of the near post.

    It was the right idea though. Ben Foster was advancing and an on-target chip would have caught him in no-man's land.

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    Tim in Marlow via text: In response to Joseph Rutter....the fact that a manager chooses to use an interpreter for media interviews doesn't mean he can't speak English well enough to communicate with his players. The way the media twist every word a manager speaks is plenty enough reason to want to make doubly sure there are no communication errors!

    Wendy in Cambridge: West Brom wanting continuity and Pepe Mel keeping the backroom/ coaching staff. That should have been insisted upon at Man Utd.

  93.   
    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Steve Claridge at The Hawthorns

    "Apart from the FA Cup loss [to Crystal Palace], West Brom did very well under caretaker manager Keith Downing."

    You can listen to live commentary of West Brom v Everton on BBC Radio 5 live.

  94. 2006: 
    West Brom 0-0 Everton

    Nicolas Anelka is getting some jeers from the visiting fans, but that could be as much to do with his days across Stanley Park with Liverpool as any political point.

    The Frenchman weaves neatly down the left channel, but his low cross is seen off by a stretching Gareth Barry, West Brom have started brightly though.

  95. 2003: 
    West Brom 0-0 Everton

    West Brom have lined up in a 4-1-3-2 formation with Claudio Yacob anchoring midfield and Matej Vydra and Nicolas Anelka up front.

  96. 2000: 
    KICK-OFF- West Brom 0-0 Everton

    Under way.

  97. 2000: 

    Pepe Mel waits in the tunnel and is then announced over the tannoy as he makes his way on to the pitch. He waves to all corners and then quickly heads to his seat to start work. Here we go.

  98.  
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Obamas hangover: Lukaku is rip going to give Lugano nightmares. Everton to win 2-0.

    Yann Robinson: West Brom might surprise a few tonight. We all know the affects of new managers in the the Premier League...

    Eugene Vasilyev: No point in McGeady starting. Haven't had time to even get back to half his abilities after not playing for so much

  99. 1959: 

    Right, the teams are out. I think they came out to a little bit of late nineties dance act Faithless.

    The big news is that Romelu Lukaku's dreads have been shorn back to a close crop for extra speed.

  100. 1956:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    New Everton signing Aiden McGeady: "Roberto Martinez has been after me for a while, even when he was the manager of Wigan. It's good to know a manager likes you so much. The way he sets teams up and wants them to play is great. I think this season the club can challenge the top teams."

  101. 1956: 

    As this match shows, it is shaping up as a classic Premier League season.

    Southampton - 12 points off a Europa League spot and 13 clear off the relegation zone - make up a one-team mid-table section in the table at the moment. Everyone else has something to fight for or against.

    When you compare the current table to what it looked like at the same stage last season there are some big differences.

    There were 14 points separating the top three last season. Just two this term.

    The next three (fourth to sixth) were separated by six points last season. Again, just the two this campaign.

    There were just two teams within three points of bottom at this time in 2012-13, now there are seven.

    Tighter than a military marching band. And a lot more entertaining.

  102.  
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Peter Riley: Be huge if Everton go 4th & above Liverpool for the derby. Tricky match, teams are so unpredictable 1st game under a new boss

    Joseph Rutter: Pepe Mel, another manager using an interpreter. How is he going to communicate with his players? Risky appointment

  103. 1955: 

    Everton's Champions League credentials are about to get a serious going over in the next month.

    They play Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea away in three of their next six league games.

  104. 1951:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    West Brom sporting and technical director Richard Garlick on Pepe Mel's backroom staff: "The situation is that we've said to Pepe we would like to work with structure we've got. He's delighted with the backroom team. At the moment, he's happy with that staff. I'll support Pepe going forward."

  105. 1951:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Spanish football journalist Pete Jensen on Pepe Mel's time at Real Betis: "It was a ridiculous decision by Betis to get rid of him. They were just about to have top striker Reuben Castro back from injury.

    "He's not up and at 'em like [Newcastle manager] Alan Pardew, but will be a presence in the technical area. He likes extremely attacking football, which is on the verge of gung-ho. He beat Barcelona and Real Madrid during his time at Betis."

  106. 1951: 
    JOSE'S ELBOW
    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is one of those top-flight bosses with experience of managing in Spain. He told the Football Writers' Association dinner in London on Sunday night however that he is "more English than some English" such is his love for the country.

    He didn't trust its doctors with his dicky elbow however, nipping off to Paris today for a minor operation on what the club described as a "long-standing elbow complaint".

    Hasn't seemed to stop his finger jabbing on the touchlines.

  107.  
    Text us on 81111

    Cliff, Halesowen, via text: There's 5 players on WBA bench that should be in the team in my opinion. But in Pepe we must trust.

  108. 1944:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC COVERAGE

    Ian Dennis and Steve Claridge are BBC Radio 5 live's eyes, ears and collective mouthpiece at The Hawthorns tonight.

    They will fire up live commentary for just before 2000 GMT, which you can get access via this page or the BBC Sport app. Log on, tune in and chill out.

  109. 1941: 
    TACTICS
    Tactics

    Presuming the hosts go 4-4-2, tonight's game could be decided by how well James Morrison and Claudio Yacob pick up Everton's floating trio of playmakers behind Romelu Lukaku.

    Full-backs Liam Ridgewell and Steven Reid are unlikely to be able to help out much. If they venture too far infield, Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines will not be shy in exploiting the space out wide.

  110.  
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jared Monaghan: "Interesting line up from Pepe Mel got to say i would have all WBA subs bench in starting 11 Everton win 3-1."

    Ryan Cromblehome: Berahino should be on, he links up with Anelka. And Oviedo on? Instead of the pacey Mcgeady. That will be costly on the break.

  111. 1935: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Andrew via text on 81111: Everton have been a revelation in the Premier League this season, a real breath of fresh air. It's great to see a different team challenging for the top 4 against the usual names and established teams.

    There's absolutely no reason why Everton can't overcome Liverpool, Spurs and Manchester United and guarantee Champions League football for next season. Times are changing in English football, and Everton are going places.

  112. 1934: 
    WHO THE MEL?
    Pepe Mel

    Real Betis may have been rock bottom of La Liga when they jettisoned Pepe Mel in December, but their fans spent much of Saturday's 5-0 home defeat against Real Madrid chanting his name.

    A 1-0 win over Madrid in the same fixture last year was just one notable result en route to a stylish seventh-place finish and Europa League football.

    The club sold off players and while Mel struggled this term in Spain, the man who replaced him, Juan Carlos Garrido, has already been sacked after picking up one point in his five league games in charge.

    The last man to take charge of a Premier League club after being sacked from a club at the bottom of La Liga? Mauricio Pochettino. Food for thought...

  113. 1931: 

    West Brom boss Pepe Mel speaking to Sky Sports: "Everything has gone really well the players have shown a lot of desire and I am sure that everything will go really well. Nicolas Anelka is a very important player for us and what is important for me is to beat Everton. We want the players to show hunger and desire and stay on the ball."

    Mel is taking the Mauricio Pochettino route by the way, speaking through a translator. He lets the mask drop for the last question though, telling the cameras in passable English that managing in the Premier League is a "dream".

  114. 1927:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at The Hawthorns

    "Pepe Mel takes charge of West Bromwich Albion for the first time tonight seeking a win that would provide The Baggies with vital breathing space in that congested area near the bottom of the Premier League table.

    "Everton's sights are trained at the top and a win here at The Hawthorns will move them back into the top four ahead of Liverpool. Striker Romelu Lukaku returns to the club where he was a huge success on loan from Chelsea last season, scoring 19 goals."

  115. 1925: 

    First sighting of the evening of the controversial Mr Anelka.

    The former Arsenal and Real Madrid is looking completely unbothered by the heap of hassle that he has brought down on his employers. He pulls his snood up tight around his neck, exchanges a laugh with a team-mate before ambling out for his warm-up.

    By the way, the Football Association are still considering whether they will ban him for his "quenelle" celebration.

  116. 1921: 

    West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka is selected in manager Pepe Mel's first starting XI. Czech forward Matej Vydra makes his first Premier League start for the Baggies. Diego Lugano, Zoltan Gera and Claudio Yacob are the other changes made to the XI that began in the 1-0 loss to Southampton last week.

    Everton defender Sylvain Distin returns to the starting line-up after missing the last three matches because of a hamstring strain. Left-sided player Bryan Oviedo also returns to the XI with Steven Pienaar and John Stones missing out. New signing Aiden McGeady is on the bench.

  117. 1916: 
    LINE-UPS
    Line ups

    West Brom: Foster, Reid, Olsson, Lugano, Ridgewell, Brunt, Yacob, Morrison, Gera, Vydra, Anelka. Subs: Myhill, Anichebe, Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Billy Jones, Sessegnon, Berahino.

    Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas, Osman, Oviedo, Lukaku. Subs: McGeady, Robles, Hibbert, Heitinga, Naismith, Stones, Vellios.

    Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

  118. 1911: 

    With Shane Long off to Hull and Victor Anchibe not yet back to full fitness, West Brom boss Pepe Mel did not have a whole host of attacking options if he had chosen to take Nicolas Anelka out of the spotlight tonight.

  119. 1907: 
    BREAKING WEST BROM NEWS

    Nicolas Anelka starts up front for West Brom alongside Matej Vydra. Everton old boy Victor Anichebe is on the bench.

    West Brom starting XI: Foster, Reid, Lugano, Olsson, Ridgewell, Brunt (c), Morrison, Yacob, Gera, Vydra, Anelka.

  120. 1905: 
    BREAKING EVERTON TEAM NEWS

    Everton name new signing Aidan McGeady on the bench. Romelu Lukaku, on loan at West Brom last season, starts up front.

    Everton starting XI: Howard, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Coleman, Barry, McCarthy, Osman, Oviedo, Mirallas, Lukaku.

  121. 1903:  
    Juliette Ferrington, BBC Sport at the Hawthorns

    "Nicolas Anelka starts for #WBA against Everton tonight. Pepe Mel's 1st game in charge."

  122. 1901: 
    Hawthorns

    "Proudly sponsored by Zoopla" reads the sign on the stands at the Hawthorns. Not for much longer though.

    The property website, co-owned by Jewish businessman Alex Chesterman, have decided they cannot take much pride in the way Nicolas Anelka celebrated his goal against West Ham on 28 December.

    The French striker pulled a "quenelle" which, although he says had no such overtones in his case, has been adopted by some anti-Semites in his native France.

    Zoopla have decided that they will not be renewing their deal when it comes to an end in the summer.

  123. 1858: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Looked at a piano-playing cat? Commented on how chilly January is? Why not put social media to better use and have your say on tonight's action in tonight's live text?

    The contact details are #bbcfootball on Twitter and, if you fancy going all last decade on us, 81111 on the good old-fashioned text number.

    We are keen on their coaches, but what other Spanish footballing influences would you like to see in the Premier League?

    A winter break? That distinctive rolling roar when a goal goes in? Post-match chorizo?

  124. 1854: 
    VIVA ESPANA

    Mel's appointment makes it, by my quick count, eight mangers in the English top-flight with significant playing or managing experience in Spain.

    Opposite number and fellow Spaniard Roberto Martinez has a theory.

    "In football you get trends. In the 1970s it was Germany and Holland, then you had a period where the Italians were winning consistently in Europe and that affected the game," he said.

    "Now it is Spain and the way they develop players and their concept of possession football has a big influence."

    I think the last time England was at the bleeding edge in the football hipster stakes was the early 1950s.

  125. 1847: 

    West Brom and Everton are swinging away in the midst of it all and meet in a little over an hour's time at the Hawthorns.

    Victory for West Brom would give new manager Pepe Mel a winning start and move the Baggies above rivals Aston Villa to the relative comfort of 10th.

    Victory for Everton would push them up above rivals Liverpool and into the fourth and final Champions League qualifying position.

    Plenty of incentive there.

  126. 1845: 
    TIGHT AT TOP - AND BOTTOM

    The are more mass scuffles in this season's Premier League table than a post-club payday cab queue.

    At the top of the pops, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea are engaged in a three-way title slugfest.

    But the battles for a fourth Champions League spot....

    Battle for fourth

    ...and to avoid the relegation trapdoor...

    Bottom of the table

    are just as nip and tuck.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 20 Jan 2014 UK

Barclays Premier League summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Arsenal 22 24 51
No movement 2 Man City 22 38 50
No movement 3 Chelsea 22 23 49
No movement 4 Liverpool 22 25 43
No movement 5 Tottenham 22 3 43
No movement 6 Everton 22 15 42
No movement 7 Man Utd 22 9 37
No movement 8 Newcastle 22 4 36
No movement 9 Southampton 22 4 31
No movement 10 Aston Villa 22 -7 24
No movement 11 Hull 22 -6 23
No movement 12 Norwich 22 -17 23
Moving up 13 West Brom 22 -5 22
Moving down 14 Stoke 22 -14 22
No movement 15 Swansea 22 -6 21
No movement 16 Crystal Palace 22 -17 20
No movement 17 Fulham 22 -26 19
No movement 18 West Ham 22 -11 18
No movement 19 Sunderland 22 -15 18
No movement 20 Cardiff 22 -21 18

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