Everton let advantage slip in draw at The Hawthorns

, 20 January, 0comments  |  Jump to most recent
West Brom 1 - 1 Everton
Everton passed up the chance to move back into the top four as they allowed West Brom to grab a draw after Kevin Mirallas had given them the platform to take all three points.

The Belgian's calm finish off Romelu Lukaku's knockdown put the Blues ahead late in the first half but a flat second-half display by Roberto Martinez's men allowed the Baggies back into the contest and Diego Lugano scored a 75th-minute equaliser to earn a point.

With Steven Pienaar a late absentee from the starting line-up, Bryan Oviedo was deployed on the right side of midfield as one of two changes made by Martinez to the team that started against Norwich. Sylvain Distin's return alongside Phil Jagielka in central defence was the other, John Stones dropping back to the bench, although the 19 year-old would see action late in the game with Seamus Coleman was forced off with an injury.

Though the Blues seemed unable to assert their now-customary passing game on Pepe Mel's West Brom, they did fashion the best chances of the first half. Two of the best fell to Oviedo but his volley flashed the wrong side of the post for the first and he screwed the second into a similar spot wide of goal a few minutes later.

Mirallas and James McCarthy had also failed to really trouble Ben Foster in the Baggies' goal when the fired straight at him but the 'keeper was left stranded when the former easily beat Lugano to Lukaku's header off a long ball forward by Distin and he slotted home with aplomb.

West Brom came into the contest more and more after half time as Everton's influence waned and when James Morrisson squeezed a cross from the byline past two yellow jerseys, Lugano stole in ahead of Distin and powered home a header past Howard with 15 minutes left.

Everton rallied in the closing stages but without much penetration until Sylvain Distin turned Gareth Barry's shot home off an injury-time corner but his goal was chalked off for offside.

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