Five talking points from the West Brom game

One. Maximising the Deulofeu effect. Everton were pretty ineffective in the first half at the Hawthorns, falling into the trap of passing from side to side in front of the oppositions defensive line. When they did look dangerous it was when the ball was played wide to Gerard Deulofeu. The Spaniard created Everton best chances, firstly creating a glaring opportunity for Ross Barkley only for the inform midfielder to shoot hopelessly wide. The former Barcelona man then flashed a ball across the six yard line which the Blues again failed to capitalise upon, with both Naismith and Lukaku failing to anticipate the wingers intentions. In truth Everton struggled to bring Deulofeu into the game in the right areas of the pitch. The first half chalkboard demonstrates that far too often the ball was played into Deulofeu around the halfway line when he was closely marked by the opposition full back, giving him little option other than to look back towards Ty Browning.


The second half produced a significant contrast. Deulofeu operated much higher up the pitch with Everton looking to get the ball out to him wide on the right. West Brom fell into the trap of allowing him time on the ball and the Spaniard produced with devastating effect, twice creating goals for Lukaku with tantalising crosses into the box.


Two. Goal sparks Lukaku into life. Like Everton, Romelu Lukaku was subdued in the opening 55 minutes, particularly in the opposition half with the striker only touching the ball once inside the West Brom penalty area. The contrast once he scored to bring the Blues back into the game was significant with Lukaku instantly unplayable. Suddenly the ball began to stick, he created a goal for his strike partner Arouna Kone and finished off the Baggies by adding his second and Everton’s third to complete an impressive comeback. With a tough run of fixtures starting on Sunday with the Merseyside derby, followed by games against Manchester United and Arsenal, Everton will be hoping that Romelu Lukaku can build on his confident second half performance.

Three. Who was to blame for West Brom’s opener? The opening goal of the game was the result of a string of Everton errors. Firstly Funes Mori (the Argentine appears to have fitted in well and looks ideally suited to Roberto Martinez’ Everton vision) over played as he looked to bring the ball out of defence, losing the ball in a tackle wide on the left. The ball ricocheted into the path of Gareth Barry, who had taken up a good covering position, only for the former Villa and Manchester City player to immediately give the ball away with a miss placed pass. The poor player didn’t end there. Phil Jagielka, who has enjoyed an excellent start to the season, was caught ball watching, allowing Berahino to run in behind him and punish Everton’s sloppy play to put the Baggies one-nil in front.

Four. Galloway continues to defy expectations. When Brendan Galloway appeared in the Everton team for the first time in the final two games of last season he showed some early promise and despite a few nerves looked a good prospect. This season he has flourished and already plays with a confidence befitting an established Premier League player. The biggest complement you could probably give Galloway is to state that Everton have barely missed Leighton Baines. On Monday night he excelled yet again, his energy is infectious and his speed and determination to deny Berahino a second goal and West Brom a third was incredible. His tackle, which was less than two minutes before Kone equalised, was as important as Lukaku’s opener in ensuring Everton were able to leave the Hawthorns with all three points.


Five. Come back kings, as Everton come from behind to win for the third time this season. Everton’s early season form has been excellent. Aside from a disappointing 2-2 draw with Watford on the opening day of the season, the Blues have picked up points to sit fifth in the Premier League table and at the same time have made strong progress in the Capital One Cup. However the optimism owes much to Everton’s resilience and determination to force their way back into games. In the Watford game, Everton twice found themselves one goal behind, before grabbing a late equaliser to pick up an early season point. Defeat in that game would have been catastrophic. Away at Barnsley, Everton were 2-0 and 3-2 down, before eventually winning 5-3. The comebacks continued in the last 7 days, with a 2-1 win over Reading, after going into the half time interval a goal behind and then reversing a 2-0 deficit to beat West Brom by the odd goal in five.

The 3-2 win on Monday was the first time Everton have come from two goals down to win a Premier League match since they repeated the same feat against Wimbledon on the final day of the 1993-94 season. That day the consequences of defeat were far more severe, but Everton have a steel about them that was missing for much of last season and the players and management look determined to right the wrongs of the last campaign.



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