Belfast Telegraph

Anichebe late show downs Baggies

Everton substitute Victor Anichebe scored his first Barclays Premier League goal of the season to earn his side a 1-0 victory against West Brom at the Hawthorns.

Anichebe struck with three minutes remaining after Albion had failed to clear a cross from Tony Hibbert.

It earned the Toffees their fourth away win of the campaign and allowed them to leapfrog Albion in the table.

It was 18 minutes before the first reasonable opportunity when Shane Long headed just over after getting on the receiving end of a deep centre from West Brom skipper Chris Brunt.

Everton looked the more likely to break the deadlock and Nicky Shorey blocked a fierce drive from Leighton Baines after his initial corner was half cleared.

Louis Saha sent a half-volley just past the post after Albion failed to clear a Baines free-kick fully. Jack Rodwell should have done better with a free header from a Baines corner but he directed it wide.

Albion showed more purpose at the start of the second period and Peter Odemwingie missed a clear chance after 47 minutes.

The Nigeria international stayed onside in running onto a looping header forward from James Morrison and got clear of the Everton rearguard. But Odemwingie lacked composure and lifted his shot over the bar.

Ben Foster saved a volley from Everton substitute Magaye Gueye at the foot of a post. Then, with three minutes left, Anichebe netted the winner.

Leon Osman's neat flick found Hibbert in space and Paul Scharner failed to deal with his cross. The ball broke to Anichebe who slotted home his first league goal of the season.


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