Date:Sunday August 25 2013
Saturday, 24 August, 15:00
Everton suffered its second consecutive draw to start the season as they were held 0-0 against West Brom at Goodison. A performance that was similar to last weekends draw at Norwich, a combination of poor finishing, the woodwork and some fine saves from West Brom keeper Ben Foster thwarted Everton's attempts to score. West Brom were content to sit back and absorb the pressure and try and counter whenever they had the chance.
Everton named an unchanged starting XI to the one that played last weekend in Roberto Martinez's first game in charge at Goodison. Meanwhile West Brom had one change to the line up that lost to Southampton, with Nicolas Anelka granted compassionate leave with Swede Rosenberg taking his place in attack.
Everton started brightly with South African Steven Pienaar seeing his diving header as well as a shot from outside the box saved by West Brom shot stopper Ben Foster. Everton were largely in command of the 1st half as Everton once again tested the West Brom keeper with Kevin Mirallas seeing his effort from the edge on the box tipped over the bar by Foster. Everton, who found some joy down their right with Seamus Coleman once again found himself in the box, but his attempt at goal was saved by Foster. West Brom did have some opportunities on the counter with Morrison having West Brom's best chance as he tried to catch Everton keeper Tim Howard off guard with a shot from 30yds which just went over the bar.
2nd half saw no changes from both sides and it was more of the same with Everton largely dominating the possession with West Brom looking to counter. Despite the possession, Everton struggled to break down the West Brom defence, however they did get some half chances from Fellaini and Barkley, but both were off target. The best chance of the game came with 20mins or so left in the game when Everton centre back Jagielka played a ball over the top of the West Brom defence to an onside Fellaini, who controlled it with his chest and then saw his effort crash against the base of the post.
With the game heading into the final 15mins, Everton continued to search for the winner, and it did leave them exposed. West Brom then nearly found a winner when they broke on the counter and saw Shane Long's shot saved smartly by Howard. Then with about 10mins left, Seamus Coleman, who had a good game for Everton, nearly scored the winner, when his attempted cross nearly lobbed substitute keeper Daniels, only for the crossbar to come to the rescue for the Baggies.
After that, Everton tried, but didn't really have any success finding a breakthrough. The game highlighted Everton's problems for the last 2 seasons with the side dominating the game however failing to advantage of that domination and score the goals needed. Despite creating 21 chances and having 62% possession, Everton failed to score, which was disappointing for Everton fans and left them winless after 2 games. With only 2pts on the board, next weeks away trip to newly promoted Cardiff is a must win for the Toffees as they continue to search for their first win under Martinez. However until then, Everton will have to undoubtedly deal with the transfer speculation of Baines and Fellaini to United.
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Date:Sunday August 25 2013
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