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Goodison Park (ATT 36,410) 24th August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R East

Everton Everton vs West Bromwich Albion West Brom

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  1. The final whistle goes and there is frustration around Goodison Park as Everton have to settle for a point following a goalless draw with West Brom.

  2. 90+2

    Barkley has a shot blocked and his appeals that it came off Jones' hand fall on deaf ears, rightly so as replays show it cannoned into the full-back's torso.

  3. 90+1

    Coleman almost grabs a lucky goal for Everton as his attempted cross from the right wing flies over the head of Daniels and comes crashing off the crossbar.

  4. 90

    Four minutes of added time have been signalled so there is still an opportunity for either side to snatch a winner.

  5. 88

    Foster kept West Brom level earlier and Daniels does the same here with a fabulous save down to his left to keep out a good shot from Coleman that had been travelling inside the near post.

  6. 87

    Vydra goes down in the Everton area following a coming-together with Jagielka, but there is no real appeal for a penalty and referee East waves play on.

  7. 85

    Osman slips a pass through towards Naismith but the flag goes up for offside and Everton are frustrated again.

  8. 83

    Off the post! Fellaini controls a Jagielka pass on his chest and pokes a shot past Daniels, but the post comes to West Brom's rescue and Naismith is unable to turn in the rebound.

  9. 82

    West Brom make their third and final change as Brunt replaces Long.

  10. 80

    Daniels passes his first test as he rushes out of his area to boot the ball clear before Kone can latch on to a long pass.

  11. 78

    Foster limps off as he is escorted down the tunnel by the physios and Daniels comes on for the closing stages. Clarke will be relieved he had a couple of substitutions up his sleeve.

  12. 77

    Foster has gone down with a knock in the area and the physios come on to administer treatment. It is unclear where the problem has stemmed from as he has not been involved in any sort of collision, but it looks as though he will have to go off and Daniels quickly has to get ready on the touchline.

  13. 76

    There is a growing sense of frustration around Goodison Park as Everton struggle to carve out many good chances against resolute opponents.

  14. 74

    Howard comes to Everton's rescue with a diving save down to his left to keep out a scuffed effort from Long, after Naismith had put his team in trouble by giving the ball away in midfield.

  15. 72

    Martinez decides it is time to make a double change and brings on Kone and Naismith for Jelavic and Mirallas in an attempt to find a breakthrough.

  16. 71

    Everton surprisingly decide not to throw too many men into the box for the corner and that has been a running theme today, with not enough players in the centre to provide the finishing touch.

  17. 70

    Mirallas tries to bamboozle a couple of West Brom defenders with his quick feet but McAuley keeps his eyes on the ball and makes the block to concede a corner.

  18. 68

    Vydra looks determined to make an impact as he holds off Distin and lays the ball off for Jones, whose cross-cum-shot from a tight angle only gets as far as the side-netting.

  19. 66

    That will be Rosenberg's final act of the afternoon as Vydra is brought on to give the Everton defenders something new to think about.

  20. 65

    Howard is called into action for the first time all day as Rosenberg's fierce strike from 20 yards forces the Everton keeper to leap away to his left and parry the ball away.

  21. 64

    West Brom remain under severe pressure and manager Clarke must be considering a change to either shore things up further or give his side some sort of attacking threat.

  22. 62

    Mirallas twists inside his defender following a flowing Everton move but Foster again guards his near post confidently and takes a powerful shot firmly into the body.

  23. 60

    Mulumbu picks out Long in the Everton area and it looks like an opportunity will really open up from nowhere, but the Baggies striker is unable to get the ball out of his feet with his first touch and that is all the time Jagielka needs to get back and make the tackle.

  24. 59

    Referee East has a few words with Yacob following a few meaty challenges on either side in the past couple of minutes.

  25. 57

    Osman's long shot takes a deflection off McAuley and spins out of play but the referee signals for a West Brom free-kick when it should have been a corner.

  26. 56

    The Everton onslaught continues as Foster spills a firm shot from Barkley at his near post but reacts quickly to deny Fellaini on the follow-up.

  27. 55

    Coleman drills in a fine low cross from the right but there are no takers in the centre and West Brom survive, for now, but the noise around the stadium is growing.

  28. 53

    Fellaini tries to turn his defender in the West Brom box with a neat drag-back but Olsson is not fooled and slides in to make the tackle.

  29. 52

    Baines whips in a low cross from the left which Jelavic stretches for in the centre, but it is just out of reach and Ridgewell is able to make the clearance.

  30. 51

    Dorrans sends in a menacing cross from a free-kick wide on the left and Everton fail to clear it at the first attempt. They are lucky the ball falls into an area where there are no West Brom players and they eventually manage to scramble it to safety.

  31. 49

    Fellaini has pushed forward at the start of the second half and receives a long diagonal pass from Coleman, but Jones is out quickly to dispossess him.

  32. 48

    Mirallas dwells on the ball for too long after another promising Everton attack, allowing Yacob to step in and make a strong tackle on the edge of the area.

  33. 47

    Pienaar and Baines link up well again down the Everton left before the South African's attempted final ball towards Jelavic is intercepted.

  34. 46

    West Brom get the second half started and will be looking to pose a greater goal threat after being on the back foot for most of the opening period. There have been no changes at the interval.

  35. Osman has a header cleared away and Barkley slices a shot high and wide before the whistle goes for half-time. The score remains goalless and it has been a tight contest, but Everton have certainly had the better chances and Foster has had to make a few important saves.

  36. 44

    Baines skips away from his man down the Everton left before sending over a low cross which is wonderfully cut out by a diving Jones and the ball goes out for another corner for the home side.

  37. 43

    West Brom look to finish the half with a flourish as Morrison again fancies his chances from range and shoots wide of Howard's left-hand post.

  38. 41

    Rosenberg requires attention from the physios after a crunching challenge from Osman in midfield, allowing the players a moment to take a breather. The West Brom striker walks gingery over to the touchline but is fine to continue and swiftly comes back on.

  39. 39

    Coleman has also impressed at right-back for Everton and the young Irishman picks up the ball from Pienaar after another strong run forward, before making a yard of space for himself and firing off a low shot which is well held by Foster at his near post.

  40. 38

    Roy Hodgson and Giovanni Trapattoni are both in the crowd at Goodison Park and the England manager will have been impressed by what he has seen from Barkley in the first half.

  41. 36

    Fellaini dispossesses Mulumbu and tries to release Jelavic through the centre for what would have been a glorious opportunity, but Yacob had retreated quickly and makes a vital interception.

  42. 34

    The referee blows his whistle for a foul in the area at the corner and there is a brief moment of excitement for the crowd as they think a penalty may have been given, but it is Fellaini who was the guilty party and West Brom breathe a sigh of relief.

  43. 32

    Everton are starting to increase the tempo now and only a brilliant save from Foster prevents them from taking the lead as the Baggies keeper flies away to his right to acrobatically tip over a ferocious strike from Mirallas, who had received the ball on the edge of the area following a slick move.

  44. 31

    Barkley lets fly with an ambitious effort from distance which flies high into the stands.

  45. 29

    Mirallas steps up to take the set-piece and crashes his shot against the defensive wall. The ball rebounds to Baines and he improvises well to get away a volley, which whistles just over the crossbar.

  46. 28

    Mulumbu becomes the first player into the book following a needless handball just outside the West Brom area, presenting Everton with a free-kick in a decent area.

  47. 26

    West Brom continue to make life difficult for Everton as Long wins an aerial challenge, and Jagielka is required to nip in and shepherd the ball back to Howard.

  48. 25

    West Brom nearly catch Everton cold with a long ball from Foster which is flicked on for Morrison to shoot from 25 yards. It is a well-struck effort which flies narrowly off target.

  49. 24

    Coleman combines nicely with Osman down the Everton right before delivering a good cross towards Fellaini, but Jones deserves enormous credit for holding off the Belgian.

  50. 23

    West Brom enjoy one of their best periods of sustained possession and work their way to the edge of the area, where Mulumbu takes a shot which curls wide of Howard's left-hand post.

  51. 21

    Mirallas sends over a cross from the right which Olsson meets with a typically no-nonsense boot clear.

  52. 19

    Barkley had an excellent game against Norwich last week and he explodes into life to skilfully skip away from Yacob and drive forward, before delivering a dangerous low cross which just evades everyone in the centre and goes out for a West Brom goal-kick.

  53. 18

    Pienaar has had a couple of efforts on goal but there have been no clear-cut openings yet in a quiet start at Goodison Park.

  54. 16

    Jelavic is caught offside, not for the first time this afternoon, as West Brom's organisation frustrates Everton once more.

  55. 15

    West Brom win a free-kick in Everton's half following a foul by Barkley in Ridgewell and send their big men into the box, but Fellaini heads powerfully to safety.

  56. 14

    Everton have another decent spell of possession before being thwarted as they attempt to play the killer ball, with Mulumbu and Yacob staying disciplined in midfield for West Brom and closing down their opponents quickly.

  57. 12

    Everton have looked sharp in the early stages but West Brom also appear well organised and have been fluid in their formation even at this stage, with Long and Rosenberg taking it in turns to play as the lone front man before tucking in on the wing.

  58. 10

    Fellaini punts a long ball forward for a change which nearly releases Jelavic, but the striker had just set of on his run slightly too soon and the flag is raised for offside.

  59. 9

    Pienaar tries his luck again, this time with a shot from 20 yards which skims across the turf and forces Foster into a more routine save not too far to his right.

  60. 7

    We have our first effort of goal of the afternoon as Pienaar crouches to meet a right-wing cross and does well to get good power and direction on his header, but Foster is equal to the task and pulls off a good save diving away to his left.

  61. 6

    It is obvious that Martinez has already stamped his mark on this Everton side as they seem intent on playing short passes at every opportunity and are even prepared to do so at the back to get out of trouble.

  62. Replays suggest there may have been a bit of contact but it is also clear that it happened just outside the area and would have been a free-kick rather than a penalty if the referee had deemed it a foul.

  63. 4

    Long bursts through the centre and takes a tumble in the area under pressure from Distin. Referee Roger East waves play on and Long is furious as he slams his hand on the ground thinking that he should have been awarded a penalty.

  64. 3

    West Brom take a more direct approach as Dorrans sends over a cross which is headed clear by Jagielka.

  65. 2

    Everton are quickly into their stride as they enjoy a spell of early possession and pass it around confidently.

  66. 1

    Everton get us started at the beginning of a new era at Goodison Park as Martinez takes charge of his first home game.

  67. There is a moment before kick-off to remember Everton legend Dave Hickson, who passed away in July at the age of 83. The crowd erupts in applause and the players join in around the edge of the centre circle as everyone at the ground pays their respects.

  68. The team news from Goodison Park is that Markus Rosenberg comes in to replace Anelka for West Brom, with Sinclair named among the substitutes following his switch from Manchester City. Everton's starting XI is unchanged from the team that drew 2-2 with Norwich. What do you think of the selections? Let me know at Lewis.Rutledge@bskyb.com, or via Twitter @SkySportsLewis.

  69. Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Fellaini, Mirallas, Barkley, Pienaar, Jelavic. Subs: Robles, Heitinga, Kone, Deulofeu, Naismith, Stones, Anichebe.

  70. West Brom: Foster, Billy Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Morrison, Mulumbu, Yacob, Dorrans, Long, Rosenberg. Subs: Sinclair, Popov, Brunt, Lugano, Luke Daniels, Vydra, Berahino.

  71. West Brom have endured a tough week amid reports about the future of striker Nicolas Anelka, after the Frenchman stated that he wished to retire following the death of his agent Eric Manasse. Anelka will not be involved against Everton after being granted compassionate leave, but manager Steve Clarke is hopeful that he will reconsider his decision. West Brom have been busy in the transfer market this week, though, signing Scott Sinclair on a season-long loan deal from Manchester City.

  72. Roberto Martinez declared himself pleased with Everton's performance against Norwich and is now looking forward to his first home game in charge since replacing David Moyes at Goodison Park. He has had to deal with speculation this summer linking Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines with moves to Manchester United to link up again with Moyes, but says he has been impressed by the attitude of the pair and that everyone is focused on getting a good result today.

  73. Sky Bet: The Toffees have dropped just four points from a possible 21 in their last seven top-flight meetings with the Baggies and are odds-on favourites to extend that impressive run. Steve Clarke's men have failed to score in four of their last six Premier League games and without Nicolas Anelka may find goals hard to come by at Goodison. Ross Barkley, who was on the mark in the opening day draw at Norwich, is a 12/1 chance for the opening goal and 9/2 to score in 90 minutes for the hosts.

  74. Get in touch with your views and predictions ahead of the game at Lewis.Rutledge@bskyb.com, or via Twitter @SkySportsLewis. What type of match are you expecting this afternoon? Can West Brom get their first points on the board or will Everton prove too strong? The full team news will be in shortly but who do you think are likely to be the key players?

  75. Good afternoon and welcome to our minute-by-minute commentary of Everton's Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion. Both sides will be looking for their first win of the new season after the Toffees drew 2-2 with Norwich City and the Baggies lost 1-0 to Southampton in last weekend's opening round of matches.

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2 Chelsea 35 75
3 Manchester City 33 71
4 Arsenal 35 70
5 Everton 35 69
6 Tottenham Hotspur 35 63
7 Manchester United 34 57
8 Southampton 35 49
9 Newcastle United 35 46
10 Stoke City 35 44
11 Crystal Palace 35 43
12 West Ham United 35 37
13 Swansea City 35 36
14 Hull City 34 36
15 Aston Villa 34 35
16 West Bromwich Albion 33 33
17 Norwich City 35 32
18 Cardiff City 35 30
19 Fulham 35 30
20 Sunderland 34 29