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Everton 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

Last Updated: Sat, 31 Mar 2012 17:38
West Bromwich Albion

Everton move above Liverpool in the Premier League after Gareth McAuley's own goal and Victor Anichebe's strike saw them win.

Everton made a bright start to the match, Leon Osman almost handing them an early lead when he headed Leighton Baines' cross wide inside the opening two minutes.

David Moyes' side always looked most likely to open the scoring and it came through a stroke of luck. Osman's 20-yard effort was heading wide when it hit McAuley and flew into the back of the net with Foster wrong-footed.

West Brom almost equalised when Paul Scharner's low strike was turned into the path of Chris Brunt whose shot from a tight angle was blocked by team-mate Shane Long on its way in.

Marouane Fellaini came close to doubling Everton's lead in the first-half when his low strike from outside the box forced a fine save out of Foster.

The hosts looked confident throughout and never looked like conceding their lead. Roy Hodgson's side struggled to break them down after the break while Fellaini and Jelavic saw half chances go amiss at the other end.

Substitute Anichebe doubled the scoreline after 68 minutes when his low drive from 20-yards went in off the post and it should have been worse for the visitors when Steven Pienaar squandered a one-on-one opportunity.

David Moyes' side sit in seventh place, at least until tomorrow when Liverpool travel to Newcastle.

West Brom are now eight points above the drop zone with seven games remaining and will look to home games against Blackburn and QPR next month to ensure safety.