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West Brom 2-3 Everton: Romelu Lukaku double powers Toffees to comeback win

By Nick Mashiter

Published 28/09/2015

Romelu Lukaku of Everton celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Everton at The Hawthorns on September 28, 2015 in West Bromwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Romelu Lukaku of Everton celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Everton at The Hawthorns on September 28, 2015 in West Bromwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Everton's Romelu Lukaku scores his side's equalising first goal during the Barclays Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 28, 2015. See PA story SOCCER West Brom. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacub and Everton's Steven Naismith clash during the Barclays Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 28, 2015. See PA story SOCCER West Brom. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Everton's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring his side's equalising first goal during the Barclays Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 28, 2015. See PA story SOCCER West Brom. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Everton's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring his side's equalising first goal during the Barclays Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 28, 2015. See PA story SOCCER West Brom. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Everton's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring his side's equalising first goal during the Barclays Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 28, 2015. See PA story SOCCER West Brom. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Everton's Phil Jagielka, Gareth Barry and West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 28, 2015. See PA story SOCCER West Brom. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino and Everton's Tyias Browning battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 28, 2015. See PA story SOCCER West Brom. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
West Bromwich Albion's English defender Craig Dawson (R) celebrates scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Everton at The Hawthorns in West Bromwich, central England, on September 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Everton's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku (2L) jumps to head the ball in the West Brom area during the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Everton at The Hawthorns in West Bromwich, central England, on September 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
West Bromwich Albion's Northern Irish midfielder Chris Brunt (L) beats Everton's English midfielder Gareth Barry (R) to a high ball during the English Premier League football match between West Bromwich Albion and Everton at The Hawthorns in West Bromwich, central England, on September 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

Romelu Lukaku inspired Everton to a stunning fightback at West Brom as the Toffees recovered from 2-0 down to win 3-2.

The former Baggies striker scored twice and set up Arouna Kone as the visitors scored twice in the final 15 minutes to steal the points.

Saido Berahino and Craig Dawson had put the Baggies 2-0 ahead but Lukaku hit back immediately after Dawson's header nine minutes after the break.

The 22-year-old scored 17 goals during an impressive loan spell at Albion from Chelsea in 2012-13 and ignited Everton's challenge with Kone's impact also crucial, the forward scoring within three minutes of coming on as a second-half substitute.

It was the first time Everton had come back to win a game in the Barclays Premier League since May 1994 - when they beat Wimbledon 3-2 to stay in the top flight.

There was little hint of the drama to come, which left Albion winless at home in the Premier League this season, during a wretched and instantly forgettable first half which was only lit up by Berahino's opener.

Without the sidelined John Stones, out with a knee injury, Ramiro Funes Mori stepped in for his full league debut but the Everton defender was at fault for Albion's first goal after a dull first 25 minutes.

Only the visitors created a clear cut chance before the hosts struck when Ross Barkley blew his lines from eight yards after 29 minutes.

The England midfielder started the move with a neat dummy before the ball was worked to Gerard Deulofeu on the right.

His fine low pass dissected the Albion defence only for an on-rushing Barkley to wretchedly miscue his shot wide.

It was a horrible miss and one which the Toffees would pay for when the Baggies opened the scoring four minutes before the break.

Mori had enjoyed a untroubled half but imploded when he lost the ball near the halfway line after trying to run out of defence.

It found Morrison and his excellent throughball for Berahino saw the striker slip in a low shot via Tim Howard's leg.

It was the striker's second goal since returning to the starting line-up following his deadline day strike threat and underlined why the Baggies were so determined to keep him away from Tottenham.

Buoyed, James McClean fired over immediately after the restart and Mori escaped a penalty shout after pushing over Salomon Rondon.

Darren Fletcher then had a header turned needlessly wide by Howard after 54 minutes and Albion doubled their lead from the resulting corner.

Phil Jagielka and Barkley got themselves in a mess trying to pick up Dawson and Jonny Evans which allowed Dawson to nod in Chris Brunt's deep delivery.

Instantly, though, Everton hit back when Lukaku headed Deulofeu's cross past Boaz Myhill.

With that the game turned even if Everton's desperation was growing and James McCarthy was booked for an awful dive in the box with 20 minutes left.

Yet Kone levelled four minutes later - and just three minutes after coming on.

Again, Lukaku did brilliantly on the edge of the box to spot Kone's run and threaded the ball through to the former Wigan forward, who was just onside, to drill past Myhill.

The Baggies were shellshocked and former Chelsea striker Lukaku was not finished as he wrapped up Everton's comeback with six minutes left.

There was a hint of handball when he met Deulofeu's cross by splitting Dawson and James Chester but with Myhill slow to react Lukaku smashed in from close range to win it.

 

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