Everton beat West Bromwich Albion quite handily, especially given their recent difficulties in breaking down the Baggies at Goodison Park. The 3-0 scoreline was probably fair on the day against an opponent that did little to venture forth beyond their tried-and-tested tactic of using setpieces as 100% of their offensive plan.
Kevin Mirallas and Morgan Schneiderlin bagged goals close to halftime, and Romelu Lukaku then nailed it shut late in the game as West Brom didn’t really try to come back into it.
Afterwards, manager Ronald Koeman gave his thoughts -
Schneiderlin scored his first goal for his new club, coming 511 days after he scored his last Premier League goal, ironically against Everton.
The Blues extended their lead over eight-placed West Brom to seven points. With it now looking likely that seventh spot might be enough to secure Europa League football next season, this win goes a long way towards ensuring that happens.