West Brom 1 Everton 1 – Lugano makes a point for new manager Mel
The Toffees missed a chance to go fourth in the Premier League after drawing 1-1 with a spirited Baggies team at The Hawthorns
January 20th, 2014
It was a match of few chances although it appears that Everton were cruising to victory courtesy of Kevin Mirallas’ 41st minute strike before Diego Lugano scored his first ever West Brom goal to ensure that new manager Pepe Mel saw his side claim a point.
Everton were the better team in the first half, with Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines providing plenty of menace on opposite flanks, while Romelu Lukaku was lively in attack against his former club.
The Belgian headed the ball into the path of Mirallas for the opening goal of the game, although the visitors were flat in the second half and paid the price for being complacent and it was no surprise to see West Brom back on level terms.
Tim Howard didn’t need to seek out Lukaku with a long throw and the striker was unable to keep possession, with the home side pouring forward which saw Lugano head the ball past the Everton goalkeeper.
Everton’s disappointment was compounded five minutes later when Seamus Coleman limped off with a hamstring complaint, while Aiden McGeady made his debut from the bench with ten minutes remaining.
The Toffees thought they might have nicked the three points at the death, although Sylvain Distin was correctly adjudged to have been offside after Gareth Barry had played in the central defender.