It was a really enjoyable trip down to the Hawthorns. All Evertonians were in buoyant mood talking about the transfer dealings the night before and you have to say it looks like Everton have done superbly well.
Thoughts soon turned to the game and it was no surprise that Moyesy picked the same team that started against Villa. And what a strong bench. Six internationals and Tony Hibbo back after injury
Everton got the game off to a strong start with plenty of possession and were close to going up early on after a goal bound shot was blocked.
Even though we had plenty of possession early on the chances weren't as plenty as Villa. But we had a claim for a penalty when Jela was bundled over
A blow for Everton after 20 minutes when Gibbo pulled up with nobody near him. He went off and was replaced by Hibbo allowing Phil to go in the middle of the park.
WBA were coming back into the game and should have scored when a cross from the left saw Long with a free header on the six yard box. His header thankfully hit the bar and bounced clear.
A minute later Everton had the chance to go one up. Hibbo threw a deep cross over to the far post here was Felli to head a looper over the goalie but landed on top of the net. I've got to be honest I thought it was in. I started to jump around like a dickhead. Never mind
Tim Howard kept the scores level at half time with an incredible save. It was Morrison who broke clear after he jinked past Sylvain he hit a shot destined for the net. Tim threw an arm up to make a wonder save.
Half Time WBA 0 Everton 0
Everton again started the half again on the front foot but again not many chances. Bainsey ended a great a move with his shot blocked.
From the resulting corner Felli had a chance but drilled his shot wide.
David Moyes made his first sub of the game when the hard working Steven Naismith came off Kevin Mirallas.
Super Kev was in the game straight away and he should have been celebrating a goal. He made a darting run down the right and drilled a hard cross. It missed everybody at the near post but there was Felli running in. But he hit his shot over the bar. An absolute sitter.
Everton were made to pay for that miss. The baggies went 1 up a minute later. It was the sub Odemwingie that caused the damage. He drilled a low cross from the left that Long got to first to score from close range.
Everton seemed to lose the plot after the goal and we didn't react well at all. In fact in the next ten minutes saw Sylvain, Felli and Phil all in the book.
Phil was subbed for big Vic in an effort to get something going but WBA had the game by the scruff of the neck and went further ahead from a McAuley header from a corner. Game over
Jags nearly got a consolation but again his effort was blocked
You have to say it wasn't our day and if you were honest the Baggies deserved their win. Some of the lads didn't hit the heights of the last couple of weeks, especially Felli who seemed to be out of sorts with himself. The lad who kept going until the end was Phil Jagielka who gets the Blue Kipper Starman.
Full Time WBA 2 Everton 0