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Albion come unstuck against Toffees

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West Brom were left rooted to the bottom of the table as an injury-depleted Everton cruised to a 2-0 victory at Goodison Park.

Everton may well have had their eyes on next weekend's FA Cup quarter-final with Middlesbrough, but they were still too good for an Albion side who worked hard but lacked a genuine threat until substitute Luke Moore came on.

Tim Cahill headed Everton's first in the opening half and substitute Louis Saha scored a cracker to clinch the points.

West Brom had Chris Brunt and Ryan Donk back and they started brightly, with two chances falling to Marc-Antoine Fortune. The first found him in space on the left, but his shot that was fielded by Tim Howard.

But Everton suffered yet another injury problem soon after Tony Hibbert looked to have damaged a thigh early on, and after 26 minutes he was replaced by Leon Osman.

But after 36 minutes all Albion's industry went to waste when they conceded a shocking goal. Jay Simpson's horribly misplaced pass gave Everton a throw which in turn saw Donk foul Steven Pienaar from behind.

And when Baines' free-kick curled into the box, three Everton men had got away from their markers, with Scott Carson hopelessly exposed as Cahill powered in a free-header.

Albion thought they had scored from a corner. Donk headed on and Luke Moore's flick was somehow hooked off the line and into Tim Howard's arms by Phil Jagielka.

However, after 70 minutes Saha looked to settle the issue when he took a flick from Pienaar, turned and drilled an outstanding 25-yard drive inside the far post.

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Leon Osman
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Tim Howard
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Tim Cahill
Scott Carson
Phil Jagielka
Tony Hibbert
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Middlesbrough
Steven Pienaar
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Louis Saha
Ryan Donk

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