Belfast Telegraph

Di Matteo savours clinical display

West Brom manager Roberto di Matteo felt his team got their just reward for an outstanding performance at Everton as they recorded a 4-1 victory.

Paul Scharner opened the scoring before Chris Brunt doubled the advantage with a brilliant free-kick. Tim Cahill pulled one back but West Brom took advantage of the sending-off of Mikel Arteta to secure victory through Somen Tchoyi and a Youssouf Mulumbu effort which was deflected in by Sylvain Distin.

Di Matteo said: "There were some excellent goals - we were very clinical, which has been missing in the last few weeks from our game. I thought we played some fantastic football, we didn't show any fear. We showed a lot of courage to come here and play the football we did."

He added: "We rode our luck a bit at 2-1 and our keeper made some great saves to keep us in the game. But the quality of our play and the quality of goals gave us our advantage."

The only downside for the Baggies was the late sending-off of Mulumbu for two bookable offences. The Democratic Republic of Congo international received his first yellow card for over-celebrating his goal and the second came moments later for a challenge on Steven Pienaar. The goal and the two cards all came within the space of three minutes.

Di Matteo said: "He needs to learn a bit, but I think the second yellow card was a bit harsh. I don't think he touched the opponent and I think he got the ball as well.

Everton boss David Moyes did not look for excuses for his team, who have now gone five games without a win.

He said: "We didn't start well. We went a couple of goals down because of our poor start. You can play badly and maybe get away with it but we didn't get away with it because we didn't pick up well enough.

"We were terrible in the first half, we got the goal and I told them (at half-time) they had 10 minutes to get another goal back and then I'd make changes. I did that.

"The players had a go and in truth we were maybe close to winning it at one point, but in the end we've ended up losing quite heavily."


From Belfast Telegraph