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West Brom 0-1 Everton: Richarlison scores only goal at The Hawthorns

By Michael EmonsBBC Sport
Richarlison scores Everton's winner against West Brom
Richarlison has now scored six goals in his past six games for Everton

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti admitted he is "dreaming" of Champions League qualification, but said his side's performances must improve to make that a reality.

The Toffees gained a hard-fought 1-0 win over struggling West Bromwich Albion, thanks to Richarlison's header when he converted a cross from substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson, who had only been on the pitch for 43 seconds.

Victory took Everton on to 46 points from 26 games and briefly up to fourth in the Premier League - the last Champions League qualifying spot - before Chelsea's 1-0 win at Liverpool dropped Ancelotti's side to fifth.

"At the start of the season no-one could say Everton, after 26 games, would be there," said the Italian, who has won the Champions League as manager of AC Milan and Real Madrid.

"The dream is the Champions League - it would be fantastic to follow this dream. It's a step in the career of everyone.

"We're in the fight but you need to sacrifice until the end. There's more pressure because we're in the fight for Europe, we want to be there and we've worked really hard to be there.

"This is our step and our target. We have to step up a bit, there's more to sacrifice.

"If I look at the table I'm really happy because the position is good but it's not the end of the season and we have to fight."

West Brom had been the better team in the first half at The Hawthorns but England keeper Jordan Pickford made an excellent save to keep out Mbaye Diagne's second-minute header.

Diagne thought he had grabbed a 93rd-minute equaliser when he controlled a pass and shot into the net, but he was denied because he was narrowly offside, with the video assistant referee (VAR) confirming the on-field decision.

West Brom are 19th, in the relegation zone and nine points behind 17th-placed Newcastle United, who they host on Sunday.

Ancelotti's Everton continue to get results

Everton have been English champions on nine occasions but since the launch of the Premier League for the 1992-93 season, have only finished in the top four once - in 2004-05.

Indeed, they have never played in the group stage of the Champions League, missing out in 2005-06 after a 4-2 aggregate loss to Spanish side Villarreal in the third qualifying round.

However, with 12 league games to go, Ancelotti's team have a great chance to be playing alongside the continent's elite next season.

Thursday's win continues a remarkable turnaround for the Toffees, who were in the Premier League relegation zone under Marco Silva in December 2019, before he was sacked and caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson lifted them out of the bottom three, with Ancelotti then continuing that progress.

Instrumental in Everton's revival has been Dominic Calvert-Lewin and the England striker, who scored a hat-trick in the Toffees' 5-2 win over West Brom at Goodison Park in September, had their best chance of the first half.

A fortunate deflection took the ball into his path but he shot against goalkeeper Sam Johnstone's legs from 12 yards with only the keeper to beat.

Richarlison also had a first-half chance but a superb challenge from Darnell Furlong denied the Brazilian, as the deflection took the shot narrowly over the top.

But the forward was not to be denied later on when he got in front of Johnstone to meet Sigurdsson's cross from the left and powerfully head home from close range.

The result also continues Everton's fine away record - they have now won nine of 13 league games on the road this season.

Baggies perform well, but fail to pick up a point

West Brom 0-1 Everton: Baggies should have been awarded penalty, says Sam Allardyce

West Brom had come into this game on an unbeaten run of three games, with clean sheets in their past two, and they will surely feel they deserved something from this game.

They thought they had got a point in injury time, when Diagne superbly controlled the ball and fired past Pickford - but the assistant referee raised his flag and the VAR footage showed he was offside by under a foot.

Manager Sam Allardyce has managed seven other clubs in the Premier League - including Everton - but never been relegated from the top flight, although this will surely be one of the best achievements of his career if he can keep the Baggies up.

He replaced the sacked Slaven Bilic after West Brom had picked up seven points from their opening 13 games, but they have now only gained an additional 10 points in Allardyce's 14 matches in charge.

Jordan Pickford
West Brom have only scored three times in their past six games

However, he should be pleased with his side's performance on Thursday.

Diagne was their main threat but he was denied by Pickford in the second minute, then later shot over on the turn and also headed just off target following Furlong's long throw.

Those missed chances proved costly as Richarlison's goal proved the difference and gave Everton the three points.

Allardyce was unhappy a penalty was not awarded for Mason Holgate's challenge on Diagne, a decision which referee Darren England was not asked to review on the pitchside monitor.

"I've seen 50 or 60 penalties given for less than that and I don't know why it wasn't given," Allardyce told BBC Match of the Day.

"Holgate went straight across his standing leg and when you slow it down it looks even worse.

"Why [video assistant referee] Michael Oliver has not asked him to have a look at it and just dismissed it, I don't know."

Everton do the double over West Brom again - the stats

  • This was Everton's fifth Premier League double over West Brom - more than they have managed against any other side.
  • The Toffees have won nine away league games this season, their joint-most on the road in a campaign in the competition (also 2008-09).
  • Everton have scored more headed goals than any other Premier League side this season, with Richarlison's winner their 11th.
  • No team has failed to score in more different home Premier League games this season than West Brom (eight), with the Baggies also conceding a league-high 33 goals in home games.
  • Richarlison scored in his fourth consecutive Premier League game for Everton, becoming the first Brazilian player to score in four matches in a row in the competition.

'Best 90 minutes since I've been here' - what they said

West Brom manager Allardyce, speaking to Match of the Day, said: "When you start well and play as well as we did, we only have ourselves to blame.

"We got a good finish at the end but it was probably two millimetres offside.

"I thought we had the better opportunities and am very satisfied with the performance, but it does not mean a lot when you don't get the points.

"You have to defend crosses and Richarlison made it his own. I would've been satisfied with a point - but that's the best 90 minutes since I've been here."

West Brom 0-1 Everton: Match-winner Richarlison hitting 'top' form says Carlo Ancelotti

Everton boss Ancelotti told Match of the Day: "It was really hard, really difficult, but the Premier League is like this. West Brom has a lot of strength, fight, long balls and a lot of spirit. We needed to be ready and we were ready.

"Defensively we are strong and we have quality at set-pieces and on the counter-attack.

"We're doing well and now we're in the fight at the top of the table. The season is still long but we are there and pleased to be there.

"I would like to say the season has been a fantastic one at the end of the season."

What's next?

West Brom face a big match next as they entertain 17th-placed Newcastle on Sunday (12:00 GMT) before an away game at Crystal Palace on Saturday, 13 March (15:00).

Everton travel to Chelsea on Monday (18:00) and then host Burnley on 13 March (17:30).

Player of the match

G SigurdssonGylfi Sigurdsson

with an average of 7.06

West Bromwich Albion

  1. Squad number27Player nameO'Shea
    Average rating

    7.05

  2. Squad number30Player nameMaitland-Niles
    Average rating

    6.13

  3. Squad number17Player nameDiagne
    Average rating

    6.07

  4. Squad number35Player nameYokuslu
    Average rating

    5.90

  5. Squad number18Player nameGallagher
    Average rating

    5.88

  6. Squad number12Player nameMatheus Pereira
    Average rating

    5.75

  7. Squad number1Player nameJohnstone
    Average rating

    5.69

  8. Squad number10Player namePhillips
    Average rating

    5.68

  9. Squad number14Player nameTownsend
    Average rating

    5.64

  10. Squad number2Player nameFurlong
    Average rating

    5.61

  11. Squad number5Player nameBartley
    Average rating

    5.60

  12. Squad number23Player nameSnodgrass
    Average rating

    5.14

  13. Squad number4Player nameRobson-Kanu
    Average rating

    4.99

Everton

  1. Squad number10Player nameG Sigurdsson
    Average rating

    7.06

  2. Squad number7Player nameRicharlison
    Average rating

    6.80

  3. Squad number22Player nameGodfrey
    Average rating

    6.57

  4. Squad number6Player nameAllan
    Average rating

    6.50

  5. Squad number5Player nameKeane
    Average rating

    6.39

  6. Squad number9Player nameCalvert-Lewin
    Average rating

    6.12

  7. Squad number12Player nameDigne
    Average rating

    6.11

  8. Squad number1Player namePickford
    Average rating

    6.06

  9. Squad number11Player nameKing
    Average rating

    5.82

  10. Squad number4Player nameHolgate
    Average rating

    5.75

  11. Squad number16Player nameDoucouré
    Average rating

    5.70

  12. Squad number20Player nameBernard
    Average rating

    5.62

  13. Squad number21Player nameAndré Gomes
    Average rating

    5.61

  14. Squad number17Player nameIwobi
    Average rating

    5.08

Line-ups

West Brom

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Johnstone
  • 2FurlongBooked at 68mins
  • 27O'SheaBooked at 60mins
  • 5Bartley
  • 14Townsend
  • 35YokusluBooked at 82mins
  • 12Costa Pereira
  • 18GallagherSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 78'minutes
  • 30Maitland-Niles
  • 10PhillipsSubstituted forSnodgrassat 78'minutes
  • 17Diagne

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 6Ajayi
  • 7Robinson
  • 8Livermore
  • 19Sawyers
  • 22Peltier
  • 23Snodgrass
  • 25Button
  • 29Grant

Everton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pickford
  • 4HolgateBooked at 37mins
  • 5Keane
  • 22Godfrey
  • 12Digne
  • 17IwobiSubstituted forAllanat 58'minutes
  • 16DoucouréSubstituted forG Sigurdssonat 64'minutes
  • 21André Gomes
  • 20BernardSubstituted forKingat 84'minutes
  • 9Calvert-Lewin
  • 7Richarlison

Substitutes

  • 6Allan
  • 10G Sigurdsson
  • 11King
  • 18Nkounkou
  • 31Neves Virgínia
  • 34Broadhead
  • 53Tyrer
  • 62Onyango
Referee:
Darren England

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Everton 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 0, Everton 1.

  3. Post update

    VAR Decision: No Goal West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Everton.

  4. Post update

    Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Ainsley Maitland-Niles tries a through ball, but Mbaye Diagne is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Foul by André Gomes (Everton).

  6. Post update

    Okay Yokuslu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Okay Yokuslu.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Joshua King replaces Bernard.

  10. Post update

    Michael Keane (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Mbaye Diagne (West Bromwich Albion).

  12. Booking

    Okay Yokuslu (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Bernard (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Okay Yokuslu (West Bromwich Albion).

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Robert Snodgrass (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Mason Holgate.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Richarlison (Everton).

  18. Post update

    Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Conor Gallagher.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Robert Snodgrass replaces Matt Phillips.

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