Saturday 25 November 2017

Wasteful Beckford is upstaged by Scharner


Peter Gardner

Paul Scharner's penchant for scoring against Everton paved the way for West Brom to resurrect their faltering season with a first victory at Goodison Park since 1979.

It was Scharner's 15th Premier League goal and, incredibly, a third of them have been against Everton, four for his previous club Wigan. It made the win for Albion well worth waiting for as they ended a wretched run of just one point from the last 15 to arrest a slide towards the bottom three.

Yet had Everton's finishing -- particularly that of careless substitute Jermaine Beckford, who missed a minimum of four glorious opportunities -- matched that of Albion, manager David Moyes would not have been reflecting on his side's heaviest defeat of the season.

"We were terrible in the first half and after getting a goal back I told the players at half time that I would give them 10 minutes before making changes,'' said Moyes. "After that we came very close to winning at one point, but in the end lost heavily.

"You get chances at any level of the game but you've got to take them. And now he has got to keep going, although it's very rare you get as many chances as that," Moyes added of Beckford's wasted opportunities.

Opposite number Roberto di Matteo, on the other hand, was delighted at what he described as "clinical finishing". He added: "We played some fantastic football and rode our luck at times.''

But it was Scharner who showed the way in the 16th minute, powerfully heading in Chris Brunt's corner. Ten minutes later Brunt himself delivered an exquisite free-kick to double Albion's lead although Tim Cahill halved the home deficit three minutes from half time with his eighth goal of the season, five of them headers.

Everton improved after the break but when Beckford was introduced he wasted four opportunities with Carson twice denying him.

When Carson was beaten Gabriel Tamas cleared off the line, an incident that led to the dismissal of Arteta following a challenge on Gonzalo Jara.

Albion substitute Somen Tchoyi increased the lead in the 75th minute and Youssouf Mulumbu wrapped the game up three minutes from the end.

However Mulumbu was booked for over celebrating and he too was dismissed.


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