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The offside flag is raised against Denis Stracqualursi. Ben Foster takes the indirect free kick.
Foul by Denis Stracqualursi on Billy Jones, free kick awarded. Denis Stracqualursi goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Graham Dorrans joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Brunt.
Denis Stracqualursi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Dawson. Ben Foster takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is sent over by Chris Brunt.
Tony Hibbert sends in a cross, Victor Anichebe fires in a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Brom 0-1 Everton.Tony Hibbert provided the assist for the goal.
Tony Hibbert provided the assist for the goal.
Gareth McAuley challenges Denis Stracqualursi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
Shane Long fouled by Leighton Baines, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Leighton Baines for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Chris Brunt from right channel, clearance by Tim Cahill.
Centre by Tony Hibbert.
James Morrison produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
Corner taken by Leighton Baines played to the near post, Paul Scharner manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Victor Anichebe, Craig Dawson manages to make a clearance.
Close range shot by Peter Odemwingie clears the bar.
Nicky Shorey crosses the ball, clearance by Tony Hibbert.
Unfair challenge on Chris Brunt by Tony Hibbert results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Nicky Shorey.
Shot by James Morrison from just outside the area goes over the net.
Foul by Magaye Gueye on Jerome Thomas, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Paul Scharner from right channel, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Leighton Baines.
Nicky Shorey delivers the ball.
Chris Brunt produces a cross.
The ball is crossed by Leighton Baines.
The official flags Peter Odemwingie offside. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
Centre by Tony Hibbert, clearance made by Billy Jones.
Centre by Nicky Shorey, Johnny Heitinga fouled by Paul Scharner, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
Leon Osman takes a shot. Craig Dawson gets a block in. Effort from 20 yards by Magaye Gueye. Save by Ben Foster.
The ball is swung over by Tony Hibbert, Billy Jones manages to make a clearance.
Victor Anichebe comes on in place of Phil Neville. Denis Stracqualursi is brought on as a substitute for Louis Saha.
Johnny Heitinga challenges Jerome Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Billy Jones, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.
Paul Scharner takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
The ball is delivered by Paul Scharner, Tim Howard makes a save.
Corner taken by Chris Brunt from the right by-line, clearance by Leon Osman.
The ball is delivered by Leighton Baines. Centre by Tony Hibbert, save made by Ben Foster.
Jerome Thomas delivers the ball, save by Tim Howard.
Chris Brunt takes a shot. Sylvain Distin gets a block in.
Magaye Gueye has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
Magaye Gueye is brought on as a substitute for Jack Rodwell.
Chris Brunt takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt played to the near post, Tim Cahill manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Louis Saha. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Shane Long is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Peter Odemwingie, clearance by Phil Jagielka.
The ball is swung over by Johnny Heitinga, clearance by Craig Dawson.
Phil Jagielka concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Free kick crossed by James Morrison, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
Nicky Shorey produces a cross, Peter Odemwingie concedes a free kick for a foul on Leighton Baines. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
Shot from inside the area by Peter Odemwingie clears the bar.
The referee blows for offside. Phil Jagielka takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is crossed by Nicky Shorey, Sylvain Distin makes a clearance.
Centre by Chris Brunt, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.
Shane Long is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
Chris Brunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tim Cahill. Phil Jagielka takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by Louis Saha, blocked by James Morrison. Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines, Header by Jack Rodwell from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Blocked by Johnny Heitinga.
James Morrison challenges Louis Saha unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leighton Baines takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Billy Jones, clearance by Phil Neville.
The ball is delivered by Peter Odemwingie, clearance made by Phil Jagielka.
Gareth McAuley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tim Cahill. The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines, Shot on goal by Phil Jagielka from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Billy Jones produces a cross.
Shot from just outside the penalty box by Louis Saha misses to the left of the target.
Billy Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leighton Baines. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Leighton Baines from left wing, Gareth McAuley manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Leon Osman, clearance by Craig Dawson.
Leighton Baines takes a shot. Blocked by Nicky Shorey. Inswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines, save made by Ben Foster. Phil Neville takes a shot. Blocked by Jerome Thomas.
The ball is swung over by Louis Saha, Paul Scharner manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Leighton Baines, clearance made by Gareth McAuley.
Jerome Thomas delivers the ball, Tony Hibbert manages to make a clearance.
Billy Jones crosses the ball, clearance made by Phil Neville.
Billy Jones produces a cross, Johnny Heitinga makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Leon Osman, Shot from close range by Sylvain Distin misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines, blocked by Billy Jones. Corner taken by Leon Osman from the left by-line to the near post. Louis Saha delivers the ball, save by Ben Foster. Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Paul Scharner gets a block in.
The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines, save by Ben Foster.
A cross is delivered by Tim Cahill, Ben Foster makes a brilliant save.
The ball is swung over by Chris Brunt, Shane Long has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
Tim Cahill delivers the ball.
Johnny Heitinga takes a shot. Chris Brunt gets a block in.
The ball is delivered by Billy Jones, Tim Cahill makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Jagielka by Shane Long. Sylvain Distin takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Scharner by Jack Rodwell. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Billy Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Tim Cahill. Free kick crossed left-footed by Leighton Baines from left wing, Craig Dawson manages to make a clearance.
Chris Brunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Osman. Free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
Jerome Thomas produces a cross, Nicky Shorey has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.
Hodgson: Judge us at the end of the season
A "true mark" of how far West Brom have developed since Roy Hodgson took charge will only become evident at the end of the season, according to the veteran coach.
Hodgson has revived the Baggies` fortunes after being sacked by Liverpool, steering them clear of relegation and then guiding them into a top-10 position in the Barclays Premier League.
They will look to start the New Year on a high note in the New Year's Day home clash with Everton after collecting seven points from the previous three games.
But Hodgson has sounded a note of caution, as he is aware the current healthy position in the table could quickly change.
When asked how far Albion have progressed, Hodgson said: "The true mark of where the club has come to, we will see at the end of the season. If we're still in this league, if we are still in a good position in this league, making progress, then we can say that is a true position.
"But, at the moment, the league is so topsy-turvy it would be foolish to start saying: `Look how far we've come'.
"Two or three bad results and you could be back down there again. That's how close the league is."
West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is a major fitness doubt.
Mulumbu aggravated a groin injury during the home draw with Manchester City on Boxing Day. James Morrison - if he recovers from a recent hamstring problem - and Graham Dorrans are in contention to replace him.
Central defender Jonas Olsson is expected to shake off an ankle knock suffered against City, while Billy Jones is again set to deputise at right-back for Steven Reid, who is recovering from knee surgery.
Everton manager David Moyes has warned his players they cannot afford to be complacent as they head into the second half of the season.
In recent years the pattern has been for the Toffees to have a slow start to campaigns with results picking up in the new year.
This time has been no different as a testing run of fixtures in September and October left them at the wrong end of the table and although they have risen to 10th, Moyes has stressed things have to improve in 2012.
"The first half of the seasons have always been tough for us but there is no guarantee that in the second half of this season we will do what we have done in the other ones - we have to prove that," said the Scot.
"I hope we are in the mindset of getting better because we need to kick on and start winning the games.
"But we will be asking to do that with basically the same players and if they haven't been winning them now they have to make sure they win them in the second half of the year.
"I think the players believe we come good and are strong in the second half of the season so because of that we have to try to show it.
"I am ready for it and looking forward to winning a few games and enjoying my Saturday nights more. We have to hope it happens again but there is no guarantee."
Midfielder Marouane Fellaini will miss out with an abductor strain.
The Belgium international sat out the Boxing Day draw at Sunderland but Jack Rodwell, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since December 4, could be ready for a return as he has trained this week.
Loan signing Landon Donovan is not eligible to play until next week while Moyes also has one unnamed player suffering with sickness.
Anichebe back with a bang
Everton substitute Victor Anichebe scored his first Barclays Premier League goal of the season to earn his side a 1-0 victory against West Brom at the Hawthorns.
Anichebe struck with three minutes remaining after Albion had failed to clear a cross from Tony Hibbert.
It earned the Toffees their fourth away win of the campaign and allowed them to leapfrog Albion in the table.
The Baggies have won only two of their home league games this season and their tally of seven goals in front of their home fans remains the joint worst record in the top four divisions.
Both sides had struggled to carve out clear-cut openings before Anichebe struck with Toffees keeper Tim Howard not having a shot to save in the entire 90 minutes.
Albion were the first to settle and winger Jerome Thomas got on the end of a low ball into the danger area from Billy Jones but lost his footing.
It was 18 minutes before the first reasonable opportunity when Shane Long headed just over after getting on the receiving end of a deep centre from West Brom skipper Chris Brunt.
Then John Heitinga produced a fine tackle inside the Everton area to halt the run of James Morrison.
West Brom keeper Ben Foster flapped at an overhead kick from Louis Saha following a Leon Osman corner.
But the former England keeper atoned for his error by rushing out to block the resulting shot from Jack Rodwell.
Everton looked the more likely to break the deadlock and Nicky Shorey blocked a fierce drive from Leighton Baines after his initial corner was half cleared.
Saha sent a half-volley just past the post after Albion failed to clear a Baines free-kick fully.
Everton defender Phil Jagielka screwed a shot just wide from another Baines centre.
Albion looked short of attacking ideas and Heitinga blocked a long-range attempt from Peter Odemwingie.
Rodwell should have done better with a free header from a Baines corner but he directed it wide.
Albion showed more purpose at the start of the second period and Odemwingie missed a clear chance after 47 minutes.
The Nigeria international stayed onside in running onto a looping header forward from Morrison and got clear of the Everton rearguard.
But Odemwingie lacked composure and lifted his shot over the bar.
Jagielka did well to cut out a low Jones cross with Long waiting in space behind him to take advantage.
Heitinga managed to nick the ball away from Odemwingie as he prepared to shoot inside the Everton area.
Morrison floated a pass over the Everton defence to Brunt but Sylvain Distin had read the move and was able to get back and block his shot.
Foster saved a volley from Everton substitute Magaye Gueye at the foot of a post.
Then, with three minutes left, Anichebe netted the winner.
Osman's neat flick found Hibbert in space and Scharner failed to deal with his cross.
The ball broke to Anichebe who slotted home his first league goal of the season.
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