Everton were unable to secure a win on Roberto Martinez’s home debut as manager with West Bromwich Albion spoiling the occasion and taking a point from their visit to Goodison. The match finished goalless in a 0-0 draw, but it wasn’t for the faint of trying as the 2 teams combined for 26 shots with 10 of them registering on goal. Everton were the better side in the opening 45 minutes and they were presented with a couple golden chances on goal, but WBA keeper Ben Foster made sure to keep them out by repelling all 4 of the shots he saw while Everton wasted 8 others into the stands. For their part, West Brom were near non-existent in the opening half, failing to direct a shot on target and only having 4 shots in total. If Everton controlled the first half, the second was sheer domination by the Liverpool side as they maintained 82% of the possession and got off a further 8 shots. Only 4 of them made their way goal wards though, with the best chance coming through Marouane Fellaini in the dying minutes as the Belgian midfielder controlled a sumptuous ball from Phil Jagielka before poking it past Luke Daniels (who subbed in for an injured Foster) and off the post. A couple more desperate clearances did the job for West Brom and manager Steve Clarke, who will be happy with a point while Martinez will be disappointed at his side’s failure to score on the day.
Next Matches: Everton at Cardiff City West Brom vs. Swansea CityStat of Match: Shots Blocked By Defense Everton: 0 West Bromwich Albion: 6