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Everton v West Brom - Story of the match

Romelu Lukaku drew level with Harry Kane in the race for the Premier League's golden boot as Everton coasted to their fifth straight home Premier League win against West Brom.

The Belgian followed up first-half goals from Kevin Mirallas and Morgan Schneiderlin with a 19th of the campaign, and a seventh in his last five outings, to secure a 3-0 victory over the Baggies.

Ronald Koeman's side have now not dropped a point at Goodison Park since a loss to rivals Liverpool prior to Christmas after this success over opponents only one place beneath them in the table, but a class below here.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

" West Brom is a team where you have to go through the gears...once they breakdown slightly we capitalise and that we did!" - Former player Andrei Kanchelskis (@AAKanchelskis) was happy with Everton's approach.

STAR MAN

Morgan Schneiderlin. The former Manchester United man is finally getting the run of games he would never have managed under Jose Mourinho and he is quickly recovering his poise. With Gareth Barry behind and Tom Davies ahead, he was given more of a roaming brief in midfield and cleverly evaded his opposite numbers to find space on the ball. His impressive close control and delicate finish for Everton's second sealed the debate.

ENGLAND WATCH Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate was in attendance ahead of next week's squad announcement for the games against Germany and Lithuania. Phil Jagielka will have been glad of a rare start, and played his part in keeping a clean sheet, but Southgate will also have had his eyes on Ross Barkley and Tom Davies. Barkley is closer to the senior ranks at present but Davies turned in another energised display that could see him enter the conversation sooner rather than later. COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS As Everton poured forward in the first half, Allan Nyom found himself targeted from all sides. The Toffees attackers were increasingly keen to put him under pressure and his team-mates were quick to let him know about it. Jonny Evans appeared particularly keen to get a message to the Cameroon defender, repeatedly gesticulating at him and receiving little more than shrugged shoulders in response. When the first goal went in Gareth McAuley took a chance to bark some guidance in Nyom's direction. RATINGS: EVERTON

Joel Robles: 6

Leighton Baines: 7

Ashley Williams: 7

Phil Jagielka: 7

Seamus Coleman: 7

Morgan Schneiderlin: 8

Gareth Barry: 7

Tom Davies: 7

Ross Barkley: 7

Kevin Mirallas: 7

Romelu Lukaku: 7

Substitutes:

Ramiro Funes-Mori (from Baines): 6

Idrissa Gueye (for Mirallas): 7

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (for Barry): 6

WEST BROM

Ben Foster: 5

Craig Dawson: 5

Gareth McAuley: 5

Jonny Evans: 5

Allan Nyom: 4

Jake Livermore: 5

Claudio Yacob: 6

Darren Fletcher: 5

Nacer Chadli: 6

James McClean: 5

Hal Robson-Kanu: 5

Substitutes:

Salomon Rondon (for Robson-Kanu): 5

Chris Brunt (for McClean): 5

James Morrison (for Yacob): 6

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Everton v Hull (Premier League, March 18) West Brom v Arsenal (Premier League, March 18)

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