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West Brom 2-0 Everton

1 September 2012 Last updated at 16:28 GMT

West Brom 2
Long 65′ McAuley 82′

1 September 2012 Last updated at 16:28 GMT

By Jonathan Jurejko BBC Sport
Unbeaten West Bromwich Albion recorded their best start to a Premier League season, endingEverton's 100% winning run in the process at The Hawthorns.
Baggies striker Shane Long sweptin the close-range opener from substitute Peter Odemwingie's low left-wing cross.
And Gareth McAuley's thumping header sealed victory as Everton lost for the first time in 12 top-flight games.

Albion's historic start
*. 2012-13: 7
*. 2011-12: 0
*. 2010-11: 3
*. 2008-09: 0
*. 2005-06: 4
*. 2004-05: 3
*. 2002-03: 0
Points after opening three Premier League games
Top scorer Marouane Fellaini slashed the Toffees' best chance wide just moments before Long's opener.
Republic of Ireland international Long also rattled the Everton crossbar with a crashing first-halfheader as Steve Clarke's men deservedly leapfrogged their opponents into third.
Everton have notoriously been slow starters in recent seasons but, after impressive wins against Manchester United and Aston Villa, were bidding for a third league victory in a row at the startof a campaign for the first time since 1993.
But Albion made it seven points from their opening three Premier League games with a well-earned triumph.
The reign of managerial novice Clarke, who was chosen to succeed Roy Hodgson in his first top appointment, has started witha wave of optimism.

Second-half display pleases Clarke
And after a confident display against Everton, which followed a comfortable home win against Liverpool and a dramatic last-gasp draw at Tottenham, there is a feel-good factor aroundthis part of the West Midlands.
Clarke, who enjoyed three wins against Everton as Liverpool assistant manager last season, showed he was not content to simply settle for a point when he introduced pacy attacker Odemwingie before the hour.
And the Nigerian used his speed to accelerate away from Everton right-back Tony Hibbert before delivering an inch-perfect cross for Long to convert from inside the six-yard box.
McAuley then lost his marker Fellaini to head in a right-wing corner from another of Clarke's substitutions, Chris Brunt, who was celebrating his 100th top-flight appearance.

BBC Match of the Day commentator
"What a start to Steve Clarke's tenure as West Bromwich Albion boss. Still unbeaten after three Premier League games and one cup match. Everton's winning run,though, is over. Albion were full value for this win over 90 minutes.
Both teams were clearly oozing confidence after their promising starts and showed a swagger in the early stages, settling quickly into crisp, passing phases of play.
But there was a lack of incisiveness in the opening half-hour until only the woodwork denied Long heading Albion in front from Liam Ridgewell's cross.
The visitors were shaken into life by the let-off and within seconds almost scored themselves when Fellaini looped a header onto the roof of the Baggies net.
Then, he skewed substitute Kevin Mirallas's cross wide when unmarked in the home penalty area after the break.
It proved costly with Long and then McAuley netting to leave Baggies fans celebrating at the final whistle.
West Bromwich Albion head coach Steve Clarke:
"We started a little bit slow in the first half, even though we had thebest two chances. I felt second half we were a little bit more adventurous and got our reward for that.
First goal crucial - Moyes
"Everton are a difficult team to play against and we didn't want to open up too early against them. We showed a bit of respect to Everton in the first half - probably too much."
Everton manager David Moyes:
"We made changes to try and winthe game, brought Kevin Mirallas on, opened up the game a bit more. We weren't playing well enough in the final third, but it didn't improve anything.
"We gave away a poor goal on thecounter attack and if you concedefirst in the Premier League it becomes difficult.
"Maybe when it was 0-0 I should have said 'sit back and take 0-0'. Sometimes you make decisions and they work - sometimes they don't."

West Bromwich Albion
01 Foster
02 Reid (Jones - 52' )
03 Olsson
06 Ridgewell
23 McAuley
05 Yacob
07 Morrison
17 Dorrans (Odemwingie - 57' )
21 Mulumbu
09 Long (Brunt - 75' )32 Fortune
Substitutes
13 Myhill
25 Dawson
28 Jones
11 Brunt
08 Rosenberg
22 Gera
24 Odemwingie

Everton
24 Howard
03 Baines
06 Jagielka
15 Distin
18 Neville (Anichebe - 73' )
04 Gibson (Hibbert - 20' )
21 Osman
22 Pienaar
25 Fellaini
07 Jelavic14 Naismith (Mirallas - 62' )
Substitutes
01 Mucha
02 Hibbert
05 Heitinga
23 Coleman
11 Mirallas
19 Gueye
28 Anichebe
Ref: Moss
Att: 25,383

Match Stats
Possession 37% 63% 96 mins WestBromwich Albion Everton
Shots
14 12
On target
8 5
Corners
6 3
Fouls
11 15

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle. 90:00
+3:39 The official flags James Morrison offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Howard. 90:00
+1:24


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