Premier League - West Brom put four past Everton
Sat, 27 Nov 17:28:00 2010
West Bromwich Albion stunned Everton with a 4-1 Premier League victory at Goodison Park that saw both teams reduced to 10 men.
Paul Scharner's header and Chris Brunt's wonder free-kick gave West Brom an unlikely first-half advantage before Tim Cahill's eighth goal of the season halved the deficit just before the break.
In the second-half Everton saw captain Mikel Arteta sent off before West Brom scored two goals to seal victory.
Youssouf Mulumbu was also dismissed in the dying minutes but the Baggies were not to be denied.
The win sees Roberto Di Matteo's side climb to 11th in the table, while Everton are now just two points from the relegation places.
Everton had the first chance of the game and it fell to Victor Anichebe, playing his first game of the season. Cahill fed the striker on the right wing. He stepped inside Marek Cech before sending a swerving, left-footed effort towards the far corner but Scott Carson stuck out a right hand to divert the ball away to safety.
West Brom opened the scoring against the run of play after 16 minutes when Brunt, who passed a late fitness test, curled an out-swinging corner to the near post. Phil Jagielka looked to have it covered but he reckoned without Scharner, and the charging Austrian got to the ball first and buried his header from six yards out past Tim Howard, who had no chance.
Everton almost drew level seven minutes later when Arteta's arching 20-yard free-kick was expertly tipped away by Carson at full stretch.
Barely 90 seconds later West Brom had doubled their lead with a wonderful free-kick. Cahill fouled Mulumbu 25 yards out in a central position and Brunt stepped up to whip a tremendous shot into the top right corner that left Howard clutching at air.
Four minutes before the break Everton were back in the game through a familiar source. Yakubu won a corner on the left which was delivered by Leighton Baines to the edge of the area, where Cahill leapt above Gabriel Tamas to score his eighth goal of the season with a thumping header past Carson.
Substitute Jermaine Beckford looked to have hauled Everton level 10 minutes after the restart but Tamas performed heroics with an overhead kick off the line.
Just before the hour the real drama of the afternoon unfolded when Gonzalo Jara made a reckless lunge at Arteta near halfway. The Spaniard appeared to stamp on the Chilean defender and referee Lee Mason immediately showed the Everton captain a red card.
And Beckford's blazing volley from eight yards out that threatened to clear Goodison Park summed up the afternoon for David Moyes' team.
West Brom made sure of victory with two fine strikes in the final 15 minutes.
First, substitute Somen Tchoyi cut inside on the left of penalty area before dispatching a right-footed effort into the far corner.
Then, with time running out, Mulumbu exchanged passes with James Morrison before firing low past Howard to send Baggies' fans into a frenzy.
Mulumbu received a caution for his celebration and was dismissed just 30 seconds later following a soft foul on Steven Pienaar.
But nothing could dampen West Brom's day as their inflicted yet another home defeat on one of the Premier League's big boys.
Everton visit Chelsea in their next league game while West Brom host Newcastle United.Mark Applin / Eurosport