The hosts went ahead in the first half when England U-21 striker Saido Berahino fired in after sloppy play at the back, before Craig Dawson scored a header from a corner, to put the home team 2- 0 ahead nine minutes after the interval.

 

But only 27 seconds later, Romelu Lukaku, who joint Chelsea in 2011, but spent the following two seasons on loan to West Brom, before joining Everton in 2014, beat the Baggies defender James Chester and their goalkeeper Boaz Myhill’s to score a fine header. Lukaku also provided a masterful assist for fellow striker Arouna Kone who hit home from close range in the 75th minute.

 

The 22 year-old Belgian international then grabbed the winner six minutes before the final whistle, with a point-blank effort after the ball broke kindly for him from another excellent Deulofeu delivery - who caused the Baggies defence problems all night with early balls into the box.  Lukaku and the fans celebrated wildly, as the result moved the Toffees up to fifth, one point behind Arsenal. The Belgian was also credited by his former West Brom supporters, when he was replaced 60 seconds before the end of the match.

 

This was a match of two different halves; not much happened in the first 40 minutes – Everton’s defence was inert and was responsible for the Berahino’s opener, which was the only real moment of quality.

 

However, the dynamics of the match transformed after the break as the Toffees were chasing the game; Lukaku changed his position and became more active and more of a danger to a depleted West Brom defence, who missed their senior centre-halves and allowed the lead to slip. By scoring two goals and assisting one, the Belgian won the game for Everton who will play Liverpool on Sunday at the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park – the Reds are only a point behind the Blues in the Premier League table, but they sit four places behind, in ninth. 

 

West Brom are 15th in the table and will play Crystal Palace away on Saturday; the Baggies are in need of some points quickly before the danger of being in a relegation zone becomes real. They are also still waiting for a home win. #Football