43 min Ajayi concedes another corner, Everton’s 4914th of the half. Digne curls it towards the near post and Pereira heads clear.
41 min “Grady Diangana looks like the player Mark Noble would like to be,” says Gary Naylor. “I wonder if his Twitter finger is twitching.”
38 min Everton are playing much better now, though West Brom still look menacing on the break.
34 min The dangerous Diangana slides a nice pass into the area to Pereira, who tries to clip the ball across the face of goal. Pickford flies from his line to make a good block.
33 min It was a deft finish from Calvert-Lewin, who reacted smartly to jump and backheel the ball past Johnstone.
32 min Coleman lofted a cross towards Richarlison, who challenged for it with Furlong at the far post. The ball hit Furlong and bounced towards Calvert-Lewin, who backheeled the bouncing ball over the line from a couple of yards. He was in an offside position, which is why the flag went up, but replays show Richarlison didn’t touch the ball so I think this will be a goal.
31 min: Calvert-Lewin has a goal disallowed for offside! This will be checked, because the touch through to him may have been off a West Brom defender.
30 min This is a good spell for Everton, and Digne’s outswinging corner is headed over by the leaping Keane. He couldn’t quite get over the ball.
28 min A long throw is helped on by Keane to Richarlison, whose snap volley deflects behind for yet another corner.
27 min After some nice footwork from James, Coleman’s cross is put behind for another corner. Bartley heads it away again.
26 min Richarlison plays a smart one-two with Andre Gomes but slices wide of the near post with his left foot. It was only a half chance.
24 min Everton look flustered and impatient, which is a surprise after such a composed performance at Spurs.
22 min: Livermore hits the post! West Brom could be 2-0 ahead. Furlong’s lofted cross from the right skimmed the head of Robinson and dropped to Livermore just behind him. In one smooth movement he controlled the ball, swivelled and slammed it off the post. Pickford was well beaten.
18 min At the other end, Robinson’s long-range shot is pushed away by the diving Pickford. That was a tougher save than Johnstone’s, though still essentially comfortable. West Brom have a peedie spring in their step.
17 min Allan’s long-range shot is comfortably held by Johnstone.
16 min Doucoure is booked for pulling back Diangana, who had beaten him with an extravagant scorpion flick.
15 min Digne’s cutback is intercepted by Saywers, who then plays a ludicrous pass inside his own six-yard box. It’s nicked by Calvert-Lewin, whose shot on the turn deflects wide.
12 min The BT Sport commentary team think Pickford might have done better on the goal. I’d like to see it again – his positioning might have been iffy.
11 min Richarlison almost equalises straight away. Digne’s free-kick leads to a big a scramble in the West Brom area, and Richarlison’s snapshot from six yards is crucially blocked by Livermore.
Diangana picked the ball up 70 yards from goal and started to surge into space. Everton’s defenders kept backpedalling until Diangana reached the edge of the D and crashed a left-footed drive into the far corner. Carlo Ancelotti spreads his hands wide at his defence, as if to say, ‘Why the eff did none of you effers tackle him?’ It was poor defending from Mina in particular, but a cracking strike.
GOAL! Everton 0-1 West Brom (Diangana 10)
Grady Diangana gives West Brom the lead with a terrific goal!
7 min Diangana’s cross is deflected towards Livermore in the D. He hoofs it over the bar. It’s been quite a bright start from both teams though.
3 min: Great chance for Calvert-Lewin! Everton should be ahead. James’s wicked inswinging corner from the right reached Calvert-Lewin, who got away from Furlong at the far post but planted a header just wide from six yards.
22 seconds: Pickford saves from Diangana! The half-chance came from Pickford’s own lazy pass. It was picked up by Robinson and fed back to Diangana, whose clean low strike was held to his left by Pickford.
1 min Peep peep! Everton, in blue, kick off from right to left. West Brom are in yellow and green.
It’s a really pleasant autumn day at Goodison Park. The West Brom players have arrived from their temporary dressing-room in the car park; the Everton team are already out on the field.
“Two wins to start Everton’s season, Rob?” says Gary Naylor. “Some of us might prefer two defeats.”
Heh, very good. They still don’t get enough credit for their dominance that season, particularly after Christmas: they had a run 16 wins and two draws in 18 games. It was 21st-century consistency in the mid-1980s.
Both teams are unchanged from their league matches last weekend.
Everton (4-1-4-1) Pickford; Coleman, Mina, Keane, Digne; Allan; James, Doucoure, Andre Gomes, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin.
Substitutes: Joao Virginia, Kenny, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Davies, Bernard, Kean.
West Brom (3-4-2-1) Johnstone; Ajayi, Bartley, O’Shea; Furlong, Livermore, Sawyers, Gibbs; Pereira, Diangana; Robinson.
Substitutes: Button, Kipre, Phillips, Harper, Field, Robson-Kanu, Edwards.
Referee Mike Dean.
Hello. It’s been eight years since Everton won the first two league games of the season. Baby steps and all that, but this is a good chance to build on their impressive 1-0 win at Spurs on Sunday. Everton looked organised and purposeful, with a sprinkling of fantasy from James Rodriguez. A few folk have been getting carried away, human nature being what it is, but Carlo Ancelotti will know that the Spurs game was literally only a thirty-eighth of the league season.
On paper, this is the perfect follow-up fixture. West Brom struggled against Leicester and were eventually well beaten. They have a tough start to the season – Chelsea are up next – but will be desperate to get some points on the board as soon as possible.
Kick off 12.30pm.