Everton 0-0 West Brom: Post match reaction

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West Brom hung in to win a point with a defensive display to remain unbeaten since Tony Pulis's appointment, marking a third clean sheet for the West Midlands side.

The Baggies were content to pack men behind the ball, playing with 10 men in front of Everton when not in possession. Staying compact and restricting space in the box and only allowing Everton to shoot from distance.

Although the game plan conceded a hefty amount of possession to Everton who had 69% of it, it was sterile dominance by the Merseyside team. Struggling to break down the Baggies, Everton found chances hard to come by throughout the game.

Mirallas incident

West Brom were content to absorb Everton pressure and flood forward on the counter, and while Berahino's movement caused some issues, Joel Robles had little to do making a total of 0 saves.

Neither side threatened much at all until Lescott conceded a penalty in the 43rd minute for handling the ball in the area. Mirallas, who stepped up ahead of normal penalty taker Leighton Baines to the protest of teammates Lukaku and Naismith, struck his effort against the post.

Chances continued to be scarce throughout the second half for both sides. Everton did take up the impetus and raise the tempo of the game but found no breakthrough. West Brom maintained discipline and structure to see out a deserved point.

Improving Baggies

Pulis spoke after the match of needed improvements to maintain West Brom’s top-flight status.

“There are lots of things we have to improve on… and we have to do it quickly,” he told reporters.

The West Bromwich manager went on to say: “We’ve only had a few days to really get down to working with the team and the shape and they worked so hard off the ball.”

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Anthony Pulis
Premier League
West Bromwich Albion

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