Live: West Brom 2 Everton 0

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As for Everton, that was their first defeat in 12 Premier League encounters. Food for thought for David Moyes as we head into the international break.

Albion have now collected seven points from their first three Premier League games under Steve Clarke - a superb start for the new manager.

West Brom 2 (Long 65, McAuley 82) Everton 0.

Fellaini rises to meet a cross with another header but he's off target and the ball is cleared. 5 mins added time.

How did that stay out?! Fellaini looked like he'd score at the far post after Jagielka dragged a shot across the area, but the ball came off his heel.

McAULEY GOAL! Inswinging corner from Brunt and McAuley meets it from close range, flicking in the header. West Brom 2 Everton 0.


Howard saves the next long-range Albion attempt, this time from Mulumbu.

Yacob blasts a right-foot shot from 20 yards but it goes wide of Howard's left-hand post. Good effort from the Argentinian.

Time running out now for Everton. They've failed to seriously threaten Ben Foster's goal since Shane Long put West Brom in front.

Brunt replaces Long, and that's the last Albion sub.

Shane Long looked to be in after Yacob's pass, but Sylvain Distin wins the sprint and the ball. Now Long is leaving the field...

Phil Neville is replaced by Anichebe. Jagielka takes the captain's armband for Everton. All Toffees subs used up now.

And Fellaini makes it four Everton bookings - Moss' patience has worn thin with the Belgian. He bundled Long to the ground.

Phil Neville is booked for bringing down Mulumbu. Third Everton booking. Complete waste from Morrison on the resulting free-kick, ball swung straight out.

Now Everton are chasing the game - Mirallas with a driving run down the left channel, into the area, but his shot is slightly deflected and straight down the throat of Foster.

LONG GOAL! Odemwingie crosses with his left foot from the left, and it's perfect for Long to steal into the six-yard box and slide the ball low past Howard. West Brom 1 Everton 0.


Mirallas gets away down the right, and his cross comes right across the penalty area to Fellaini eight yards out - but he swings his left boot at the ball, and skies the chance. Real waste.

Chance for West Brom - Billy Jones with the overlap on the right flank but Distin clears his low cross for a corner.

Mirallas replaces Naismith for Everton.

Everton are getting increasingly frustrated with referee Jon Moss. Kevin Mirallas is about to come on...

That was Dorrans' last contribution today - Odemwingie comes on for the Scot for Albion.

Moss says Morrison's shirt was pulled and he awards a free-kick in a dangerous area to West Brom. Dorrans' effort hits Jagielka and goes out for a corner.

Fellaini's chest control and turn after Jelavic found him on the edge of the area with his back to goal is impressive, but he drags his shot wide.

Albion replace the injured Steven Reid (hamstring) with Billy Jones. Straight swap, with Jones going to right-back.

Clever ball by Yacob releases Reid into space down right. Morrison's first touch is excellent and creates space, and he clips a cross to the back post for Long - but Hibbert manages to clear.

Fellaini is back, with blue tape around his ankles now.

Steven Reid is booked for a late challenge on Pienaar. First WBA caution.

Fellaini has had to go back to the dressing room - looks like it was to get some blue tape to cover up the white areas around his ankles! So Everton started the half with 10 men. Mr Moss just following the new directive I suppose, but honestly...

Everton kick off the second half - will we get a goal in the next 45 minutes?

Teams are out again - and it doesn't look like there will be any more substitutions at this juncture.

Clive Gadsden returns to ask me: "What do you think of the penalty shout Jon, yes or no?" Well Clive, I'm with the referee on this one - it didn't convince me at the time, so I couldn't have given it. Everton fans on Twitter think Mr Moss has been rather fussy though.

Let's have a look at the Sky Bet odds at half-time - West Brom are now 5/2 to win the match, while Everton are 7/4. If you think it will stay a draw, that's 5/4.

So an interesting 45 minutes that got better as it went on. Shane Long should have done better with his header from Liam Ridgewell's cross but only found the crossbar, while James Morrison was only foiled by an excellent Tim Howard save. For Everton, Nikica Jelavic failed to win a penalty and has wasted some good headed chances while Marouane Fellaini had the best opportunity for the visitors with his header from a cross by Tony Hibbert, who replaced the injured Darron Gibson. What do you make of the game so far? Email me at or tweet me at @jonboy79!

And that's half-time - it's 0-0.

Fortune has the ball in the back of the net, but he's offside as well.

Offside flag raised against Jelavic, who strode forward to meet Baines' low left-wing cross in first-half stoppage time. Replays show the Croatian was a yard offside.

Superb save by Howard! Play opened up for Morrison in midfield, he went round Distin into the area and struck the ball fiercely - but Howard stuck out his left glove to keep the shot out.

Fellaini's getting a talking-to from referee Moss after giving away another foul for pushing Reid in the Albion penalty area. Moyes looking frustrated on the touchline.

Olsson gets his head to the deep Albion free-kick, but he's falling backwards and the ball goes straight up and out.

Marauding little run from Mulumbu, until he's nudged off balance by Fellaini's challenge - referee Moss pulls play back for a free-kick.

Jelavic with another headed opportunity, but he nods it down tamely to Foster's right. Neville created chance down right channel, Naismith chipping across the area.

First booking goes to Hibbert for Everton - late challenge on Fortune.

Pienaar's trying to make it happen for Everton, but he does occasionally give the ball away - and West Brom are quick to seize on any loose balls and break.

Awkward attempt to clear by Distin - almost allowed Long another chance. A little clumsy perhaps, but Everton stand firm again.

And at the other end, Fellaini loops a header onto the roof of the net after a right-wing cross from Hibbert. Two good chances for both teams.

Long heads against the crossbar! Great move by Albion ended in an excellent left-wing cross by Ridgewell. Long was six yards out but couldn't beat Howard.

Half a chance for Morrison - and it all came from a lovely through-ball by Dorrans, who found space. Hibbert just did enough to prevent Morrison getting control of the ball.

Baines won a free-kick on left after a block by Reid - but his inswinging delivery is headed up and over by Jelavic.

Fortune is causing Everton some problems down the West Brom left, more due to his physical strength than anything else.

Midway through the first half, still goalless. Albion coming into the contest more, but that Jelavic penalty shout is closest we've come to a goal. Think Moss was right to play on, mind.

Phil Neville has moved into midfield to accommodate Hibbert at right-back. Reid has a shot on target from distance, but Howard saves the bouncing ball.

Hibbert comes on to replace Gibson for Everton. Looks like the Republic of Ireland midfielder overextended, could be a groin injury.

Darron Gibson is struggling with injury, and has to receive treatment. He's about to be replaced by Hibbert.

Penalty appeal turned down! A big shout as Jelavic went down in the area under Yacob's challenge, but referee Moss not convinced.

Good spell for the Toffees this, and they're moving the ball around confidently - until Pienaar back-flicks it out of play. Needless error.

Pienaar comes back onto the pitch and crosses from the left for Fellaini, but Albion eventually get the ball clear.

Fellaini pushes Reid in his attempt to reach Jagielka's right-wing cross, and Albion are awarded a free-kick.

Pienaar walks off the pitch gingerly - and very slowly.

Pienaar wins a free-kick after a foul by Yacob. The South African needs treatment.

Promising Baggies move ends with Mulumbu knocking a hopeful ball in from the right, but Everton deal with it comfortably.

Fellaini gets away with a late challenge on Olsson. The Swede should be fine to play on though.

Push on Baines by Long, and referee Jon Moss gives the Toffees a free-kick near their own goal.

Jelavic has a chance with a header from a corner, but it goes over.

Pienaar's shot from the edge of the box after a low Baines cross is blocked by McAuley.

Steven Reid's cross from the right is headed down by Jagielka, and Everton try to move play down the left with Baines and Pienaar.

West Brom threaten through Shane Long, but Phil Jagielka - on his 400th league appearance - clears the ball.

3pm on the dot - and West Brom kick us off.

Both teams in their traditional colours, and the sun's out. We're all set.

Teams are coming out at The Hawthorns...

Everton have a good recent record against West Brom - they won both league meetings last season, and also a League Cup tie.

Interesting news about Darron Gibson pulling out of the latest Republic of Ireland squad because he doesn't feel he's recovered from the disappointment of Euro 2012 yet. What do you make of that?

Plenty of feedback coming in from Everton fans. Here's another - this is from Dylan Fearon, across the pond in New York City: "Everton is coming off 3 brilliant performances, and I reckon they continue that good form today. The Toffees will win 2-0, behind goals from Jelavic and Steven Pienaar, and a great game from Tim Howard in goal. GO TOFFEES!"

Email in from Clive Gadsden on the subject of transfers: "Moyes has done really well to hold on to his star players whilst improving the squad with some quality players. Definitely too early to predict top 4, but the outlook for the season is looking exciting. COYB"

What did you make of the two clubs' transfer dealings on deadline day? The Baggies brought in Dynamo Kiev left-back Goran Popov on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal. Everton recruited Costa Rican winger Bryan Oviedo from FC Copenhagen on a four-year deal, and also teenage winger Matthew Kennedy from Kilmarnock. Anyone you're annoyed you missed out on?

Here's the views of @EvertonendoMark on Twitter: "Baggies are a good side but meet a real scouse outfit today full of pride and class"

So Lukaku's ankle injury keeps him out for Albion today, but Peter Odemwingie has shaken off a thigh strain in time and is among the subs. Phil Neville is fit to start after a thigh strain for Everton, while Tony Hibbert - whose stiff neck kept him out of the last two games - makes the bench. Both starting line-ups are unchanged from last weekend.

Here's Gabriel Sutton to say: "As a Birmingham City fan, I'm in the pub with some Baggies fans who think they might sneak a draw but with the form of Fellaini at the moment and Jelavic in their team, I fancy Everton to edge it. Think it will be close though as both teams will be enjoying good starts. 2-1 to Everton - Jelavic and Pienaar for Everton, Morrison maybe for West Brom." Cheers Gabriel!

Neil Baker's been in touch - he sounds bullish about Everton's chances of collecting all three points today: "Today, David Moyes and his team will attract some envious glances from some other free spending, wasteful Premier League clubs by announcing, through free-flowing high-scoring football, their intention to claim a Champions League place." Thanks Neil. There's no doubt Moyes' boys are playing some great football, but is it too soon to talk of the top four? What does everyone think?

And the two substitutes' benches: West Brom: Myhill, Dawson, Jones, Rosenberg, Gera, Odemwingie, Brunt. Everton: Mucha, Coleman, Mirallas, Gueye, Hibbert, Anichebe, Heitinga.

And the West Brom side (formation is 4-2-3-1): Foster; Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Yacob, Mulumbu; Fortune, Morrison, Dorrans; Long.

Here's the Everton starting line-up for today's game: Howard, Neville, Baines, Distin, Jagielka, Gibson, Osman, Fellaini, Pienaar, Naismith, Jelavic.

Got any tips for today's game? Ben Coley at Betting Zone has predicted a 1-1 draw in this fixture, which is currently 5/1 with Sky Bet. He also suggests the Toffees to score first - you can get 5/6 on that.

Awaiting team news at The Hawthorns - Romelu Lukaku (ankle) is one of several injury doubts for Albion boss Steve Clarke, while David Moyes has a fully-fit Toffees squad to choose from.

I'm Jon Holmes, and you can get in touch with me throughout the afternoon via email at or via Twitter at @jonboy79. I look forward to hearing from you.

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