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Goodison Park (ATT 35,237) 27th November 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: L Mason

Everton Everton vs West Bromwich Albion W Brom

Everton 1

T Cahill (42)
M Arteta (S/O 58)

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W Brom 4

P Scharner (16)
C Brunt (26)
S Tchoyi (76)
S Distin (og 87)
Y Mulumbu (S/O 89)

Baggies earn thrilling win

Arteta and Mulumbu sent off at Everton

By James Riach.   Last Updated: 27/11/10 5:40pm

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Scharner opens the scoring for West Brom

Scharner opens the scoring for West Brom

West Brom put in a tremendous performance to come away with a 4-1 win over Everton as two players saw red in an enthralling Premier League encounter at Goodison Park.

Man of the match: Chris Brunt gets the award for a stunning free-kick and a top overall performance. Goal of the match: Brunt's wonderful free-kick was from way out and it flew into the top corner of Tim Howard's goal. Save of the match: Scott Carson had to be alert in the first half and he palmed away a curling Victor Anichebe effort that was sailing in. Moment of the match: Mikel Arteta's red card was a real controversial moment, and he reacted angrily to physical play from Gonzalo Jara. Talking point: Jermaine Beckford missed a number of chances after he was brought on, is he cut out for the Premier League?

Paul Scharner opened the scoring against the run of play in the 16th minute with a powerful header, and Chris Brunt netted a superb long-range free-kick to double the score 10 minutes later.

Tim Cahill nodded in Leighton Baines' corner to give the Toffees hope just before half-time but after the break it turned sour as Mikel Arteta was shown a straight red card for a stamp on Gonzalo Jara.

Everton pressed for an equaliser but were undone when substitute Somen Tchoyi cut in from the left to fire a great shot past the despairing Tim Howard.

Youssouf Mulumbu then completed the scoring when his chipped effort deflected in off Sylvain Distin, and Mulumbu was then sent off for two yellows - the first for an over-zealous celebration and the second for a soft foul on Jermaine Beckord.

Everton had made three changes for the match with Tony Hibbert replacing Neville at right-back and Victor Anichebe, out since pre-season with a knee injury, taking over from Seamus Coleman on the right wing.

Ayegbeni Yakubu also returned to the starting line-up in place of Louis Saha as David Moyes continued his search for a potent attacking combination.

Strong start

The Merseysiders started well as Leighton Baines whipped in an early but Distin was unable to get a touch in front of goal.

Anichebe, showing no ill effects from the knee problems that have hampered him for two seasons, then cut inside and curled a fine effort towards goal but Scott Carson tipped away.

West Brom responded by grabbing the lead against the run of play after 15 minutes.

Scharner lost his marker as Brunt delivered a corner and met the ball with a firm header which Tim Howard could not keep out.

Everton had two chances to claim an immediate equaliser from free-kicks but failed to take either. First Baines curled over and then Carson palmed away Arteta's more dangerous effort.

Brunt, returning from a thigh injury, then showed the hosts how it could be done by curling in a brilliant free-kick from 25 yards for West Brom's second after 26 minutes.

After being linked with Liverpool earlier this month, the goal further enhanced the Northern Ireland international's growing reputation.

Everton struggled to respond and it was not until three minutes before the interval they finally snapped out of their lethargy and, once again, they had Cahill to thank.

Cahill rose the highest as Baines swung in a deep corner and the Australian headed back across goal for his eighth of the season.

Suddenly invigorated, Everton came forward again and almost grabbed an equaliser on the stroke of half-time as another Baines corner curled out just beyond the far post.

They did not start the second half quite as brightly and manager Moyes waited just 10 minutes before changing the attack, sending on Saha and Jermaine Beckford for Yakubu and John Heitinga.

Beckford was slipped in on goal within moments of coming on and clipped the ball over the advancing Carson but Gabriel Tamas got back to clear off the line.

That was the start of a frantic few moments as Everton then appealed for a penalty after a collision between Jara and Baines on the edge of the box.

Play went on and Jara flew in recklessly on Arteta on the Everton left.

The Spaniard took exception to the challenge and appeared to stamp twice on the Chile World Cup player. Referee Lee Mason showed a straight red card.

Missed chances

Beckford - guilty of a glaring miss against Sunderland on Monday - then spurned a great chance to equalise as he stabbed a Hibbert cross over from six yards.

Everton were made to pay as Steven Reid picked out substitute Tchoyi with a superb cross-field ball.

The Cameroon international still had plenty of work to do but did it superbly as he cut in from the left, checked back and curled a fine shot beyond Howard.

West Brom then inflicted more damage as Mulumbu played a one-two with James Morrison and clipped in a fourth, via Distin, four minutes from time.

The strike was officially given as an own goal but Mulumbu ran off to celebrate anyway and was booked for running into the crowd.

That proved a big mistake on his part as the referee then sent him off after a poor tackle on Pienaar just moments later.

EvertonTeam StatisticsWest Bromwich Albion
1Goals4
11st Half Goals2
4Shots on Target5
7Shots off Target3
1Blocked Shots1
2Corners2
12Fouls19
1Offsides4
1Yellow Cards2
1Red Cards1
75Passing Success76.6
30Tackles18
76.7Tackles Success77.8
46Possession54
55.9Territorial Advantage44.1

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