- Lukaku has goal, assist
- Schneiderlin scores first goal
- Everton two points behind Man United
- Two-straight defeats for WBA
Everton hammered West Bromwich Albion 3-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday as Ronald Koeman‘s side strengthened their grip on seventh place and moved two points behind sixth-place Manchester United.
With the win Everton move on to 47 points from 28 games, the same tally they managed from 38 games last season. While West Brom have now lost two-straight games since reaching the 40-point mark.
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Everton dominated the game early on and a great chance arrived after 16 minutes as Gareth Barry played in Lukaku and the Belgian drilled a low effort across goal but it just missed the far post.
Everton then struck twice just before half time as first Ross Barkley‘s shot was parried straight into the path of the onrushing Mirallas and he slotted home to make it 1-0.
Right on half time Lukaku held the ball up and played in Schneiderlin and the French international finished superbly to score his first Everton and make it 2-0 to the Toffees.
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Everton sat back in the second half with West Brom trying to force the issue from set piece situations but Tony Pulis‘ men just couldn’t open up the Toffees.
Barkley slammed a shot into the side-netting as Everton looked to extend their lead but the game petered out into a non event as the Toffees cruised to victory.
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Lukaku finished off his former club with a header late on as Barkley’s calm cross found the Belgian from close range.