Trending now:   Chelsea  •  Leicester City  •  Barcelona  •  Tottenham Hotspur  •  Liverpool  •  Manchester United  •  Arsenal  •  Real Madrid  •  Werder Bremen  •  Atlético Madrid

West Bromwich Albion

Teams /  England  / West Bromwich Albion 
West Bromwich Albion have 168 fans
 
 
 
 
 
West Brom's Paul Scharner starts ball rolling against sorry Everton
Tim Rich at Goodison Park - 5 years ago

This might actually be a result that encourages David Beckham to come to Merseyside rather than send him running to the Hollywood hills. Beckham has long seen himself as a footballing white knight and Everton, two points off a relegation place and desperately short of money, are an institution in need of rescue.

Two of their next three fixtures pitch them against Chelsea and Manchester City and they will be depleted in the coming weeks, losing two of their great inspirations. Mikel Arteta was dismissed for attempting to stamp on Gonzalo Jara and will be suspended, and Tim Cahill, whose header three minutes before the interval ought to have provided a platform for the kind of revival Bolton managed against another promoted club, will miss most of January. He is off to Qatar to represent Australia in the Asia Cup.

However, David Moyes requires rather more than an ageing dead ball specialist who has Hello! magazine on speed dial. After what the Everton manager described as a "terrible" first half, Jermaine Beckford had four opportunities to put pressure on a West Brom side who had not won in the league at Goodison since Margaret Thatcher was quoting St Francis of Assisi on the steps of Downing Street. One was superbly saved by Scott Carson, the other was acrobatically cleared off the line by Gabriel Tamas, while the remaining two were aimed respectively high and wide.

Moyes did not look for excuses for his team, who have gone five games without a win. "We didn't start well," he said. "You can play badly and maybe get away with it but we didn't get away with it today because we didn't pick up well enough.

"We were terrible in the first half, we got the goal and the players had a go. In truth we were maybe close to winning it at one point, but in the end we've ended up losing quite heavily."

One of the players sent on in the second half was Jermaine Beckford, who had a shot cleared off the line and squandered two other good chances.

"You've got to score," said Moyes. "When chances come like that, whatever level, that's it. It is very rarely you get as many. You have to score."

Despite West Brom coming to Merseyside having lost four of their last five, Paul Scharner, for one, would have fancied his chances. When his header thundered into the net below the Gwladys End, it was his 15th Premier League goal and a third of them had come against Everton.

It may have struck the back of the net hard but not compared to Chris Brunt's free-kick 10 minutes later that finished in the intersection where crossbar meets goalpost, giving Tim Howard no chance. This was a reminder that however poor West Brom's recent results have been, they have taken seven points at the Emirates, Old Trafford and now Goodison.

Moyes who was already missing Marouane Fellaini through suspension, would not discuss Arteta's dismissal except to point out that an elbow on Leighton Baines seconds earlier should have been punished. Nevertheless, West Brom exploited their advantage clinically.

Somen Tchoyi cut in from the left, measured his shot and sent it thundering into the top corner of Howard's net. Three minutes from time, Tchoyi and Youssouf Mulumbu combined to give the scoreline an embarrassing and somewhat underserved sheen, although Mulumbu was then shown a yellow card for celebrating and then sent off immediately after the restart for a second bookable offence. That it was then awarded as a Sylvain Distin own goal would not have helped his mood.

THE FANS' PLAYER RATINGS AND VERDICT CARL ROPER, Observer reader It was an off day. We got the team selection wrong. Why we are starting with Coleman and Rodwell on the bench I don't know. Of the players who started only Tim Cahill came out of that with any credit. I've no complaints about Arteta's sending off as he stamped on the player. We didn't lose 4-1 because we were down to 10 men, it was because we played rubbish. Beckford's confidence is at rock bottom just now and he had at least two chances and couldn't score. Some of their goals were fantastic, especially the free-kick. They pass the ball well and took advantage of our off-day. Good on them.

The fan's player ratings Howard 5; Hibbert 4, Jagielka 4, Distin 4, Baines 5; Heitinga 3 (Beckford 55 4); Anichebe 5 (Rodwell 61 5), Cahill 7, Arteta 4, Pienaar 6; Yakubu 5 (Saha 55 4)

GLYNIS WRIGHT, Baggies.com Brilliant victory. We started nervously because we really needed that win as we've only had one point from the last five games and Everton were sweating because they haven't won in five. But we got the first goal after 15 minutes, got our confidence and started passing the ball a bit. Chris Brunt scored a brilliant banana-shot free-kick around the wall. You've got to see it to believe it. Carson worries me. He pulled off several good saves and then drops clangers. The Arteta sending-off was the turning point in the match. Tchoyi terrorised the Everton defence when he came on.

The fan's player ratings Carson 5; Jara 6, Scharner 7, Tamas 6, Cech 7; Mulumbu 4; Brunt 8 (Barnes 90 n/a), Morrison 6, Dorrans 6 (Reid 73 6), Thomas 6 (Tchoyi 66 7); Odemwingie 6

To take part in the Fans' Verdict, email sport@observer.co.uk

This is not a news report and may contain views expressed by the author which are not supported by GNM.

Share your thoughts

Latest News, Blogs & Podcasts

Newspapers
 
Blogs
 
Podcasts
 
Tony Pulis laments West Brom's inability to convert their chances in recent weeks.
First half goals from West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate and Mark Noble downed West Brom 3-0 at The Hawthorns.
West Bromwich Albion West Ham United 0 3 FT Game Details  ...
The captain scored twice to put to bed a Baggies side, which featured the first player born in 1999 to start a Premier League game, and move the Hammers into fifth place
West Brom appoint Nicky Hammond as technical director, ending his 20-year association with Reading.
The Baggies may have nothing to play for approaching the end of the season, but the Hammers manager is not expecting an easy ride when the two sides meet on Saturday
Mauricio Pochettino refuses to rule out Tottenham's Premier League title chances. Mauricio Pochettino reflects on Tottenham's 1-1 draw with West Brom, which now sees them seven poin ...
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno looks back at West Brom's draw at Tottenham. Tony Pulis once again found himself having a potentially decisive impact on the title race as West Brom drew 1-1 with  ...
Fighting spirit of England youngster could stand in him good stead, but not before landing him in a spot of bother on a difficult nightWell, that wasn’t supposed to happen. The hungry lions are stil ...
The Baggies fought back from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw with Mauricio Pochettino's title-chasing Spurs on Monday evening, much to the delight of their manager
West Bromwich Albion vs Tottenham Hotspur.
Minute-by-minute updates from the 8pm BST kick-off at White Hart LaneLloris says he stayed at Tottenham because of PochettinoEmail: michael.butler@theguardian.com | Tweet @michaelbutler18 12.28pm BST  ...
During a press conference after the match against West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night, Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger is asked whether the low attendance from the team’s s ...
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confused as to why some Gunners fans stayed away from the Emirates for 2-0 victory over West Brom.
The Arsenal boss believes the Chilean proved his class against the Baggies, but admitted his frustration at the Gunners failed attempt to win the Premier League this season
The Baggies boss conceded his players were "off it" as they were beaten at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday, a loss which continued the side's poor away form
Same old, same old at the Emirates as Arsène Wenger’s team strive for their annual third or fourth place finish amid an air of indifferenceThere can’t be many things more Arsenal than this: a lit ...
The ESPN FC crew discuss Arsenal's win over West Brom and the shocking number of empty seats in the Emirates. Arsene Wenger has urged Arsenal fans to return to the Emirates Stadium to watch " ...
The Arsenal manager questioned the decision to omit his German midfielder from the best XI considering he has provided 18 assists in the league this term
The ESPN FC crew discuss Arsenal's win over West Brom and the shocking number of empty seats in the Emirates.
   
Kick4Life - changing lives through football