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Victor Anichebe Victor Anichebe strikes late to earn Everton victory

Victor Anichebe scored his first league goal in 22 months as Everton snatched a late victory at West Brom.

The game was heading for a drab stalemate until Anichebe pounced on a poor header from Paul Scharner in the 87th minute to fire past Ben Foster.

The Baggies failed to register a single shot on Tim Howard's goal, Peter Odemwingie going closest with a dipping volley just over the bar.

Everton created few chances although Foster saved a Magaye Gueye volley.

Hodgson frustrated after conceding late goal

West Brom went into the game brimming with confidence after following up back-to-back victories at Newcastle and Blackburn with a creditable draw against Premier League leaders Manchester City.

They were without injured duo Jonas Olsson and Youssouf Mulumbu, with defender Craig Dawson coming in for his first start since September.

And he could hardly have had a more comfortable start in a quiet first half with both sides guilty of wayward passing.

Shane Long briefly brought the game to life in the 19th minute with a darting run behind the Everton defence, which was spotted by Chris Brunt. The winger delivered a pinpoint cross but the striker's header looped over the bar.

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Foster presented Everton with their first sight of goal five minutes later when his weak punch from Louis Saha's cross dropped to the feet of fit-again Jack Rodwell, but the Baggies keeper was able to scramble a block on his shot.

Saha then screwed a half-volley horribly wide before the half petered out in a miserable opening to the New Year.

West Brom looked to up the tempo after the restart and almost surprised the Toffees in the opening minutes.

Brunt's hopeful header forward set Odemwingie free but the striker's drive flashed over the bar with just Howard to beat.

Substitutions changed the game - Moyes

Odemwingie and Brunt then shot just off-target as they pushed the visitors back.

Everton boss David Moyes responded by bringing on forwards Anichebe, Gueye and Denis Stracqualursi as his side went in search of the three points.

Gueye hit a crisp near-post volley that was well held by Foster and Stracqualursi wasted a good opportunity after neatly dribbling into the box before Anichebe struck the killer blow with three minutes to go.

Scharner lost his bearings from a Tony Hibbert cross and could only head the ball down in his own six-yard box, where Anichebe controlled it before swivelling and blasting the ball into the net.

Manager Roy Hodgson could not hide his frustration in the dugout as Everton leapfrogged his side into the top half of the Premier League at the final whistle.

Everton manager David Moyes: "We tried to make it difficult for West Brom like they make it difficult for teams. It was a bit of a stalemate at times. I don't think you'll buy the DVD of the game.

"But at the end of the day, this has been a hard place for us. We've not won here for a while and the victory gives us a chance to look forward.

"(Victor Anichebe) has missed a lot of football. At times he lacks a bit of self-confidence but the goal today and the reaction of the supporters will help him."

West Brom manager Roy Hodgson: "I'm very disappointed we couldn't continue what has been a very good run in the last three games and continue playing the same level of football.

"Today we've given three very big points to our rivals. They did well enough to deserve a draw but must be feeling very grateful that we gifted them a goal three minutes from time.

"I don't think we created that many chances. I don't think it was as good a performance attacking-wise."

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Sunday, 1 January 2012

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Brom 0-1 Everton FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Anichebe 87

    West Brom

    Substitutes

    Everton

    Substitutes

    Ref: AttwellAtt: 23,038
    WEST BROM
    EVERTON

    Possession

    • West Brom 48%
    • Everton 52%

    Attempts on target

    • West Brom 2
    • Everton 8

    Attempts off target

    • West Brom 8
    • Everton 5

    Corners

    • West Brom 2
    • Everton 7

    Fouls

    • West Brom 10
    • Everton 8
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:18 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+3:52 The assistant referee signals for offside against Denis Stracqualursi. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+2:51 Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+2:51 Booking Denis Stracqualursi is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 90:00+2:46 Unfair challenge on Billy Jones by Denis Stracqualursi results in a free kick.
    • 90:00+2:12 Substitution (West Brom) makes a substitution, with Graham Dorrans coming on for Chris Brunt.
    • 90:00+0:26 Denis Stracqualursi concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Dawson. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
    • 89:30 The ball is crossed by Chris Brunt.
    • Correction - 86:14 GOAL - Victor AnichebeWest Brom 0 - 1 Everton A goal is scored by Victor Anichebe from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Brom 0-1 Everton.
    • 86:14 The assist for the goal came from Tony Hibbert.
    • 86:14 GOAL - Victor AnichebeWest Brom 0 - 1 Everton A goal is scored by Victor Anichebe from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Brom 0-1 Everton.
    • Correction - 86:05 Tony Hibbert delivers the ball,
    • 86:05 Assist by Tony Hibbert.
    • 86:05 Tony Hibbert crosses the ball,
    • 85:15 Denis Stracqualursi fouled by Gareth McAuley, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Howard.
    • 84:28 Free kick crossed by Chris Brunt, Tim Cahill makes a clearance.
    • 84:28 Booking The referee books Leighton Baines for unsporting behaviour.
    • 84:10 Leighton Baines concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long.
    • 83:48 The ball is delivered by Tony Hibbert.
    • 80:45 Shot from just outside the box by James Morrison misses to the left of the goal.
    • 79:38 Leighton Baines takes the outswinging corner, Paul Scharner makes a clearance.
    • 79:16 Victor Anichebe sends in a cross, Craig Dawson manages to make a clearance.
    • 78:13 Peter Odemwingie produces a right-footed shot from close in that clears the bar.
    • 77:53 Nicky Shorey sends in a cross, Tony Hibbert manages to make a clearance.
    • 74:44 Tony Hibbert challenges Chris Brunt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Nicky Shorey from left channel.
    • 74:09 Shot from just outside the area by James Morrison goes over the bar.
    • 73:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Magaye Gueye on Jerome Thomas. Free kick crossed by Paul Scharner, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
    • 72:01 Corner taken right-footed by Leighton Baines.
    • 70:40 Centre by Nicky Shorey.
    • 69:34 The ball is swung over by Chris Brunt.
    • 68:41 Centre by Leighton Baines.
    • 68:22 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
    • 68:15 Tony Hibbert produces a cross, Billy Jones makes a clearance.
    • 67:14 Centre by Nicky Shorey, Paul Scharner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Johnny Heitinga. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Howard.
    • 66:33 Leon Osman takes a shot. Craig Dawson gets a block in. Magaye Gueye takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
    • 66:16 The ball is swung over by Tony Hibbert, Billy Jones manages to make a clearance.
    • 63:52 Substitution Denis Stracqualursi on for Louis Saha.
    • 63:52 Substitution Victor Anichebe on for Phil Neville.
    • 62:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Johnny Heitinga on Jerome Thomas. Free kick crossed by Billy Jones, Sylvain Distin manages to make a clearance.
    • 61:50 Effort from just outside the area by Paul Scharner goes over the bar.
    • 61:35 The ball is delivered by Paul Scharner, save by Tim Howard.
    • 60:40 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Brunt from the right by-line, clearance by Leon Osman.
    • 59:45 Leighton Baines produces a cross. Centre by Tony Hibbert, save made by Ben Foster.
    • 59:18 Jerome Thomas delivers the ball, Tim Howard makes a save.
    • 58:28 Chris Brunt takes a shot. Sylvain Distin gets a block in.
    • 57:31 Magaye Gueye has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
    • Correction - 56:30 Substitution Magaye Gueye is brought on as a substitute for Jack Rodwell.
    • 56:30 Substitution Phil Jagielka goes off and Magaye Gueye comes on.
    • 56:10 Shot from just outside the box by Chris Brunt goes over the bar.
    • 55:10 Corner taken by Chris Brunt played to the near post, clearance by Tim Cahill.
    • 54:18 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.
    • 51:45 Shane Long is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
    • 51:16 A cross is delivered by Peter Odemwingie, clearance made by Phil Jagielka.
    • 51:04 The ball is swung over by Johnny Heitinga, Craig Dawson manages to make a clearance.
    • 48:41 Unfair challenge on Shane Long by Phil Jagielka results in a free kick. James Morrison crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Sylvain Distin manages to make a clearance.
    • 47:36 The ball is delivered by Nicky Shorey, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leighton Baines by Peter Odemwingie. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Howard.
    • 46:18 Effort on goal by Peter Odemwingie from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 45:28 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:07 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 44:44 Nicky Shorey delivers the ball, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.
    • 44:34 A cross is delivered by Chris Brunt, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
    • 43:14 The referee gives a free kick against Shane Long for handball. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
    • 40:30 Unfair challenge on Tim Cahill by Chris Brunt results in a free kick. Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick.
    • 37:21 The ball is sent over by Louis Saha, blocked by James Morrison. Inswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jack Rodwell misses to the left of the goal.
    • 36:33 Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Johnny Heitinga gets a block in.
    • 35:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Morrison on Louis Saha. Leighton Baines takes the direct free kick.
    • 35:38 Billy Jones crosses the ball, Phil Neville makes a clearance.
    • 35:26 Peter Odemwingie crosses the ball, Phil Jagielka makes a clearance.
    • 34:10 Gareth McAuley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tim Cahill. The ball is crossed by Leighton Baines, Effort on goal by Phil Jagielka from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 33:34 Billy Jones sends in a cross.
    • 32:57 Louis Saha produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
    • 32:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy Jones on Leighton Baines. Free kick crossed left-footed by Leighton Baines from left wing, clearance by Gareth McAuley.
    • 30:33 Leon Osman delivers the ball, clearance by Craig Dawson.
    • 29:44 Leighton Baines takes a shot. Blocked by Nicky Shorey. Corner taken by Leighton Baines from the right by-line, save made by Ben Foster. Phil Neville takes a shot. Blocked by Jerome Thomas.
    • 29:38 The ball is swung over by Louis Saha, clearance made by Paul Scharner.
    • 28:47 Leighton Baines takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Gareth McAuley.
    • 27:11 Jerome Thomas sends in a cross, Tony Hibbert makes a clearance.
    • 26:45 The ball is sent over by Billy Jones, Phil Neville makes a clearance.
    • 26:27 The ball is crossed by Billy Jones, clearance by Johnny Heitinga.
    • 23:47 Corner taken right-footed by Leon Osman, Sylvain Distin has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the target.
    • 22:49 The ball is crossed by Leighton Baines, blocked by Billy Jones. Leon Osman takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post. Louis Saha crosses the ball, save by Ben Foster. Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
    • 21:31 Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Paul Scharner gets a block in.
    • 20:31 The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines, Ben Foster makes a save.
    • 19:06 The ball is crossed by Tim Cahill, brilliant save by Ben Foster.
    • 17:44 Centre by Chris Brunt, Shane Long produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 16:57 The ball is delivered by Tim Cahill.
    • 16:34 Johnny Heitinga takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Brunt.
    • 12:28 Billy Jones crosses the ball, Tim Cahill makes a clearance.
    • 11:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Jagielka by Shane Long. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
    • 8:06 Unfair challenge on Paul Scharner by Jack Rodwell results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.
    • 7:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tim Cahill by Billy Jones. Leighton Baines crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Craig Dawson.
    • 4:59 Foul by Chris Brunt on Leon Osman, free kick awarded. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.
    • 3:56 Jerome Thomas sends in a cross, Nicky Shorey has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man City 19 37 45
    2 Man Utd 19 32 45
    3 Tottenham 18 15 39
    4 Arsenal 19 9 36
    5 Chelsea 19 13 34
    6 Liverpool 19 9 34
    7 Newcastle 19 1 30
    8 Stoke 19 -10 26
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    10 Aston Villa 19 -2 23
    11 Norwich 19 -6 22
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    13 Sunderland 19 1 21
    14 Fulham 19 -5 20
    15 Swansea 19 -5 20
    16 Wolves 19 -13 17
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    18 Wigan 19 -20 15
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