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The Hawthorns (ATT 24,784) 19th November 2005 - Kick off 17:15 Ref: D Gallagher

W Brom West Bromwich Albion vs Everton Everton

W Brom 4


Baggies batter Toffees

By Mark Buckingham.   Last Updated: 19/11/05 7:20pm

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West Bromwich Albion leapfrogged Everton to jump out of the relegation zone after thumping The Toffees 4-0 at The Hawthorns.

Nathan Ellington opened his Premiership account with a goal in each half, with his brace allied to goals from Neil Clement and Robert Earnshaw.

A cold evening in the Midlands appeared to affect the fluidity of both teams' play as there was a lack of genuine rhythm about the contest.

Junichi Inamoto shot straight at Nigel Martyn before Joseph Yobo produced a timely intervention to block Diomansy Kamara's fierce shot.

The Baggies appealed in vain for a penalty on the quarter hour when Geoff Horsfield's cross struck the raised arm of Phil Neville.

Ellington's lack of awareness saw him fail to take advantage of space on the edge of the box as Martyn made a low save to his effort, after Yobo was lying injured on the deck.

The former Wigan striker then climbed well to head at Martyn before Everton had a chance at the opposite end with Marcus Bent nodding across the face of goal.

Andy van der Meyde headed a deflected Mikel Arteta cross over the bar before Horsfield limped off to be replaced by Kanu, who had a key influence on the game.

Kanu supplied the pass which ultimately helped West Brom take the lead just before the interval. His ball fed Ellington, who was tripped just outside the box by Tony Hibbert, only for a penalty to be awarded.

Ellington picked himself up and calmly slotted his spot kick past Martyn to register his first goal in The Premiership.

The Baggies were on top at the start of the second half and grabbed a second goal when Clement powered in a header from Kamara's corner.

Everton were further aggrieved after the penalty incident when West Brom keeper Tomasz Kuszczak escaped punishment, despite blatantly handling the ball outside the box.

Kuszczak then produced a brilliant reflex save after his team-mate Inamoto had flicked on van der Meyde's free kick.

Ellington's second goal should have arrived midway through the half when a superb pass from substitute Darren Carter sent him clear, but the striker wildly lashed over when he required composure.

That was something he regained a couple of minutes later when he collected Kanu's pass, turned back inside and curled a precise shot beyond Martyn's despairing dive.

Kanu should have had a goal of his own to celebrate inside the final 10 minutes as he was picked out unmarked in the six-yard box, only to head straight at Martyn.

Duncan Ferguson had been thrown on to cause unrest in the home defence and he showed his threat from the ground with a thumping free kick which Kuszczak grasped at the second attempt.

Curtis Davies almost turned a James McFadden shot into his own net and, from the resultant corner, Kuszczak denied the Scotland international before Ferguson nudged the rebound off target.

In the last minute, Earnshaw put the cherry on the cake for the hosts after he raced on to a woeful pass from Kevin Kilbane to slot beyond Martyn.

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West Bromwich AlbionTeam NameEverton
8Shots on target ( Inc Goals )4
3Shots off Target (inc woodwork)5
1Blocked Shots2
4Corners Won8
11Total Fouls Conceded10
0Yellow Cards0
0Red Cards0



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