• Injured Mirallas subbed after penalty miss
  • West Brom unbeaten since Pulis took charge
  • Everton winless in six league games
  • West Brom four points above drop zone

Kevin Mirallas's missed penalty proved costly for Everton as they were held by West Brom, leaving the Toffees winless in their last six league games.

Everton were awarded a spot-kick after Joleon Lescott handled but Mirallas, who took it instead of regular taker Leighton Baines, struck the post.

Mirallas was then withdrawn at half-time by Everton boss Roberto Martinez.

West Brom had few chances at Goodison Park but hung on and are unbeaten since Tony Pulis took over as head coach.

Everton were in contention for a Champions League place at this stage last season, but following this result they look more likely to be involved in a relegation battle in the remainder of this campaign.

The Merseyside club are now 17 points off Manchester United in fourth and only four points above the Premier League relegation zone.

Martinez conceded before the game that Everton must show they can satisfy the ambitions of Belgium international Mirallas  before he commits to a new contract.

However, it was the 27-year-old winger's penalty miss which proved so costly here after he elected to take the spot-kick rather than Baines, even though the Everton left-back boasts a conversion rate of 15 out of 16 kicks taken.

West Brom, organised and disciplined since Pulis took over at the start of the year following the sacking of Alan Irvine, were intent on packing men behind the ball which meant Everton were restricted to shooting opportunities from distance in the first half.

BBC Radio 5 live commentator Conor McNamara

"Leighton Baines is not a confrontational person so that is perhaps why he didn't wrestle the ball off Kevin Mirallas. Maybe in this instance it should have been Phil Jagielka's job as Everton captain to step in and remind Kevin Mirallas who takes the penalties."

Mirallas, so impressive in Everton's dramatic FA Cup exit on penalties at West Ham last week, came in for the suspended Aiden McGeady and he struck a 25-yard effort straight at visiting goalkeeper Ben Foster early on.

An attacking foray from Baines won a free-kick in a dangerous position for the Toffees before the half-hour mark but Foster anticipated Mirallas's curling effort to claim the ball with relative comfort.

Despite dominating possession, Everton struggled to break down West Brom's defence. However, they were awarded a penalty shortly before half-time when the ball bounced off striker Romelu Lukaku's chest and struck the hand of West Brom centre-back Lescott.

Mirallas stepped up to take the spot-kick, and saw his low effort strike the outside of the post. Martinez then withdrew Mirallas - who he later explained was injured - at the interval and sent on Bryan Oviedo.

Everton fans were treated to a half-time video message from Sylvester Stallone as a scene was filmed for his upcoming Rocky spin-off Creed, but it did little to inspire things on the pitch in the second half.

West Brom showed greater ambition with the movement of striker Saido Berahino giving the Everton defence plenty to think about, although Toffees goalkeeper Joel Robles did not really have a save of note to make.

An intricate Everton passing move with 15 minutes left presented Lukaku with a chance inside the box, but he lost his footing at the crucial moment and sent his shot past the post.

West Brom saw out the remainder of the game to clinch a deserved point which lifted them above Aston Villa on goal difference and into 14th spot with 22 points.

West Brom head coach Tony Pulis:

"There are lots of things we have to improve on and obviously we have to do it quickly because we need the points to stay up.

"We've only had a few days to really get down to working with the team and the shape and today they worked so hard off the ball.

"I don't think they've done a lot of what we've brought to the football club before but they've embraced it and they've got on with it and when you get results that's the most important thing because that sells it to the players.

"We're far away from being where we want to be but the spirit and the effort and commitment of the players and the way they got back into their shape at times was very, very good."

Joleon Lescott

West Brom's Joleon Lescott, who gave away the penalty, made 113 league appearances for Everton

Leighton Baines

Everton left-back Leighton Baines has converted 15 out of 16 penalties in his career

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku has not scored a Premier League goal since Everton's 1-1 draw with Hull in December

Tony Pulis and Roberto Martinez

Tony Pulis (right) has not lost a game since he replaced Alan Irvine as West Brom head coach

 Sylvester Stallone

Everton fan Sylvester Stallone delivered a half-time message to the Goodison Park crowd as a scene was filmed for his upcoming Rocky spin-off Creed.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Everton

  • 01 Robles
  • 23 Coleman
  • 26 Stones
  • 06 Jagielka
  • 03 Baines
  • 17 Besic Booked (Koné - 79' )
  • 18 Barry Booked
  • 14 Naismith
  • 20 Barkley
  • 11 Mirallas (Oviedo - 45' Booked )
  • 10 Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 02 Hibbert
  • 08 Oviedo
  • 09 Koné
  • 29 Garbutt
  • 30 Alcaraz
  • 35 McAleny
  • 45 Griffiths

West Bromwich Albion

  • 01 Foster
  • 02 Wisdom
  • 23 McAuley
  • 06 Lescott
  • 04 Baird
  • 11 Brunt
  • 05 Yacob
  • 07 Morrison Booked (Sessegnon - 65' )
  • 08 Gardner
  • 18 Berahino (Dorrans - 70' Booked )
  • 10 Anichebe (Ideye - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Ideye
  • 13 Myhill
  • 15 Pocognoli
  • 17 Dorrans
  • 25 Dawson
  • 29 Sessegnon
  • 30 Samaras
Ref: Michael Oliver
Att: 34,739

Match Stats

Possession

69 31

Shots

17 5

On target

4 0

Corners

8 1

Fouls

11 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Everton 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Everton 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.

90:00 +3:24

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Claudio Yacob.

90:00 +1:08

Foul by Steven Naismith (Everton).

90:00 +1:08

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:30 Booking

Booking Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

89:25

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:25

Foul by Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion).

87:32

Foul by Seamus Coleman (Everton).

87:32

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:04

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Chris Brunt tries a through ball, but Brown Ideye is caught offside.

86:27

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Ben Foster tries a through ball, but Brown Ideye is caught offside.

85:07

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:07

Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

80:44

Attempt missed. Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andre Wisdom with a cross.

79:34

Attempt blocked. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stéphane Sessegnon.

78:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Arouna Koné replaces Muhamed Besic.

78:42

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

78:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Brown Ideye replaces Victor Anichebe.

77:18

Delay in match Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

76:48 Booking

Booking Muhamed Besic (Everton) is shown the yellow card.

76:39

Foul by Muhamed Besic (Everton).

76:39

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:22

Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steven Naismith.

72:19

Foul by Muhamed Besic (Everton).

72:19

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:09

Attempt blocked. Phil Jagielka (Everton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross.

71:45

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Craig Gardner.

71:42

Attempt blocked. Muhamed Besic (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

69:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Graham Dorrans replaces Saido Berahino.

68:37

Offside, Everton. Muhamed Besic tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

65:21

Offside, Everton. Romelu Lukaku tries a through ball, but Leighton Baines is caught offside.

64:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Stéphane Sessegnon replaces James Morrison.

63:28

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Claudio Yacob.

63:27

Attempt blocked. Muhamed Besic (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

62:34

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Joleon Lescott.

59:55

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Chris Baird.

59:47

Attempt blocked. Gareth Barry (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

58:40

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Joleon Lescott.

58:37

Attempt blocked. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

57:49 Booking

Booking James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

57:42

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:42

Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

57:35

Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gareth Barry with a through ball.

56:03

Foul by Steven Naismith (Everton).

56:03

Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:23

Attempt saved. Muhamed Besic (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Seamus Coleman.

53:19

Romelu Lukaku (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

53:19

Foul by Andre Wisdom (West Bromwich Albion).

51:47 Booking

Booking Bryan Oviedo (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

51:43

Foul by Bryan Oviedo (Everton).

51:43

Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:35

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Seamus Coleman.

48:58 Booking

Booking Gareth Barry (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

48:55

Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

48:55

Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Everton 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Bryan Oviedo replaces Kevin Mirallas.

45:00 +0:59 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Everton 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.

45:00 +0:03

Attempt blocked. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

44:24

Foul by Muhamed Besic (Everton).

44:24

Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:40

Penalty missed! Still Everton 0, West Bromwich Albion 0. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) hits the left post with a right footed shot.

42:38

Penalty conceded by Joleon Lescott (West Bromwich Albion) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

41:45

Phil Jagielka (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:45

Foul by Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion).

40:09

Attempt missed. Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Victor Anichebe.

39:38

Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

39:38

James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:20

Attempt blocked. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Victor Anichebe.

34:48

Phil Jagielka (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:48

Foul by Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion).

34:42

Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

32:41

Attempt missed. Steven Naismith (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Muhamed Besic.

32:40

Attempt missed. Muhamed Besic (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

28:16

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Gareth McAuley tries a through ball, but Craig Gardner is caught offside.

27:35

Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

27:35

Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:50

Offside, Everton. Steven Naismith tries a through ball, but Leighton Baines is caught offside.

26:20

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Chris Baird.

26:18

Attempt blocked. Muhamed Besic (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gareth Barry.

23:40

Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

22:49

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:49

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

21:07

Foul by Phil Jagielka (Everton).

21:07

Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:25

Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:25

Foul by Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion).

15:17

Offside, Everton. Gareth Barry tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

14:21

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:21

Foul by Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion).

14:03

Seamus Coleman (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:03

Foul by James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

11:02

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:02

Foul by Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion).

9:43

Attempt blocked. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

8:34

Attempt saved. Leighton Baines (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross Barkley.

7:15

Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

2:55

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Joleon Lescott.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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