If you said to me prior to kick off at Goodison Park that West Bromwich Albion would win 4-1, I would not have believed you. A superb performance from the Baggies and it was a much needed three points for Roberto di Matteo’s side.
Now that the Baggies have got back to winning ways, I’m hoping the result at Everton will be the start of yet another long unbeaten run.
To be honest I would have taken a point at the beginning of the game but to get three points at a place like Everton is a great result for any side.
West Brom were on the back foot for the first ten minutes but once Paul Scharner put Albion ahead, di Matteo’s side looked comfortable in possession.
They seemed to have rediscovered their early season form and every Albion player appeared to have a spring in their step.
Chris Brunt had another cracking game and his 30-yard free kick could not have been hit any sweeter. Top left hand corner, goalkeeper no chance, what more could you have asked for. Brunt’s free-kick could be a potential contender for goal of the season.
Albion will have been disappointed to have conceded just before the stroke of half-time. But apart from that, I’m sure Roberto di Matteo will have been happy with his side’s display.
The turning point of the second half came when Mikel Arteta was sent off for stamping on Gonzalo Jara. However Jara could have also seen red.
The Chilean was lucky not to take out Arteta with his two footed lunge. Had he fouled the Spaniard, Jara for sure would have been sent off.
Moments before Arteta got the red card, Jara got away with yet another incident after it appeared he went in with an elbow on Leighton Baines. Whether he went in intentionally I’m not sure but he did get away with it. But perhaps luck was on Albion’s side on Saturday.
Somen Tchoyi scored a brilliant third goal for the Baggies with a great curling effort. Steven Reid played an excellent ball to the Cameroon winger on the left touchline and Tchoyi was able to make his way into the 18 yard box and unleash a splendid curling shot that beat Tim Howard all ends up. 3-1 to the Albion and no way back for Everton.
To rub wounds into the salt for Everton, West Brom scored a fourth. Youssouf Mulumbu played a great one two with James Morrison and Mulumbu was able to find the back of the net.
Mulumbu then got his marching orders moments after scoring which did take the gloss off what was an incredible win. 4-1 to the Albion and Roberto di Matteo and the Baggies could not have asked for a better day at the office.
If Tchoyi continues to play as well as he has done, surely he has to be in contention to start against Newcastle. Also a mention for Graham Dorrans as well. It was an assured performance from the Scot and he was back to his best. The ex-Livingston man will only get better and better.
Scott Carson also had a fine game and made some great saves which kept Albion in the game. The club captain has had his critics but I do feel that Carson is starting to improve game by game.
It was a much needed win for Albion and hopefully they can build on that starting with the Carling Cup quarter-final tie on Wednesday against Ipswich Town.
The next league game for Albion will see them take on Newcastle United at The Hawthorns on Sunday. As well as Albion, the Magpies have been playing above expectations and Chris Hughton has done a great job at St. James’ Park.
It should be a cracking game between both newly promoted sides and fingers crossed the Baggies can come out on top. All three promoted teams have been a credit to the Premiership this season and wouldn’t it be great to see all three teams stay up.
Andy Carroll will be the obvious danger man for Newcastle but Albion will see this fixture as a game they need to get a result from. The likes of Jonas Gutierrez and Kevin Nolan will also need to be watched.
A West Brom win will see the Baggies move onto 22 points and looking at the fixtures in December, Albion might fancy their chances of getting a result against Aston Villa at Villa Park.
The Black Country derby against Wolves will be a mouth-watering clash and if Albion can end up on 25 points come the end of December then the Baggies fans for sure will be optimistic that Albion can survive.
Keep The Faith and Up The Baggies!