West Brom 0-0 Everton: Allardyce earns hard-fought point

It is 18 games and counting since West Bromwich Albion last secured a Premier League victory and though there is still some way to go to trouble the likes of Aston Villa and Derby County for winless runs the alarm bells are ringing loud.

This may well turn out to be a point gained in the battle to avoid relegation but it felt like another opportunity missed to collect all three at once against a side seemingly there for the taking.

Alan Pardew is still waiting for his first win as West Brom manager and having hopefully predicted an improvement on style when replacing Tony Pulis his record reads two goals in six games.

Albion's Craig Dawson leaps highest to aim a header at goal during the Premier League match at The Hawthorns on Tuesday

Albion's Craig Dawson leaps highest to aim a header at goal during the Premier League match at The Hawthorns on Tuesday

Albion’s Craig Dawson leaps highest to aim a header at goal during the Premier League match at The Hawthorns on Tuesday

The Baggies Matt Phillips and Everton's Cuco Martina (right) challenge for possession during the goalless draw on Boxing Day

The Baggies Matt Phillips and Everton's Cuco Martina (right) challenge for possession during the goalless draw on Boxing Day

The Baggies Matt Phillips and Everton’s Cuco Martina (right) challenge for possession during the goalless draw on Boxing Day

West Brom's Craig Dawson (left) and Everton's Yannick Bolasie battle during the match which ended 0-0 at the Hawthorns

West Brom's Craig Dawson (left) and Everton's Yannick Bolasie battle during the match which ended 0-0 at the Hawthorns

West Brom’s Craig Dawson (left) and Everton’s Yannick Bolasie battle during the match which ended 0-0 at the Hawthorns

Each of the three points collected in his short tenure have come via a scoreline of 0-0 and it is difficult to envisage a period this season when the goals begin the flow.

For Sam Allardyce, the brief was different. Get Everton up the table whatever the price. He has done that and this draw, however painful to watch for the near 3,000 travelling fans, means it is 12 points from six Premier League games.

West Brom should have led at the interval but spurned two superb chances in a manner symptomatic of a team that seems allergic to goals.

Cuco Martina of Everton and Grzegorz Krychowiak of West Bromwich Albion in action during the stalemate at the Hawthorns

Cuco Martina of Everton and Grzegorz Krychowiak of West Bromwich Albion in action during the stalemate at the Hawthorns

Cuco Martina of Everton and Grzegorz Krychowiak of West Bromwich Albion in action during the stalemate at the Hawthorns

Aaron Lennon of Everton and Gareth Barry of West Bromwich Albion in action during the Hawthorns clash on Tuesday

Aaron Lennon of Everton and Gareth Barry of West Bromwich Albion in action during the Hawthorns clash on Tuesday

Aaron Lennon of Everton and Gareth Barry of West Bromwich Albion in action during the Hawthorns clash on Tuesday

PLAYER RATINGS AND MATCH FACTS 

WBA 4-3-3

Foster; Dawson 7, Hegazi 7, Evans 7, Brunt 7; Barry 7, Livermore 6 (Krychowiak 69’ 5), Brunt 7; Phillips 7 (McClean 88’), Rondon 4 (Robson-Kanu 53’ 6), Rodriguez

Booked: Dawson, Barry

Subs not used: Myhill, Nyom, Yacob, McAuley

Alan Pardew 6.5

Everton 3-5-2

Pickford 6.5; Holgate 6.5, Williams 7, Keane 7.5; Kenny 7, Davies 5 (Baningime 88’), Schneiderlin 6, Sigurdsson 5; Bolasie 6 (Lennon 61’ 6), Calvert-Lewin 6.5 (Niasse 61’ 6.5)

Subs not used: Robles, Jagielka, Ramirez, Lookman

Sam Allardyce 6

MoM Keane

Ref Roger East 7

Att: 25,364 

The first opportunity came in the sixth minute when Jay Rodriguez cut in and whipped over a cross that was begging to be tapped in by Salomon Rondon.

But the badly misfiring West Brom striker got his feet in a tangle from three yards out and missed the ball entirely.

Craig Dawson was then guilty in the 18th minute when arriving onto a flat cross by Matt Phillips. Dawson is usually reliable in the air but appeared to run under the ball and by consequence sent his header over the bar.

Former Spurs wideman Lennon of Everton and Gareth Barry of West Bromwich Albion battle for the ball on Boxing Day

Former Spurs wideman Lennon of Everton and Gareth Barry of West Bromwich Albion battle for the ball on Boxing Day

Former Spurs wideman Lennon of Everton and Gareth Barry of West Bromwich Albion battle for the ball on Boxing Day

Chris Brunt did at least force Jordan Pickford into a save shortly before the break but his shot from the edge of the area lacked much power and was easily gathered by the Everton goalkeeper.

Gareth Barry then had a half-chance to score against his old team from Brunt’s cross but he put his header onto the roof of the net.

Four minutes after half-time another good Brunt pass enabled Rondon to roll Mason Holgate and advance into the area. The crowd noise rose expectantly as the £15m centre-forward shaped to shoot. But then came the groans.

Referee Roger East gives Barry a yellow card during the hard-fought but goalless draw at the Hawthorns on Tuesday

Referee Roger East gives Barry a yellow card during the hard-fought but goalless draw at the Hawthorns on Tuesday

Referee Roger East gives Barry a yellow card during the hard-fought but goalless draw at the Hawthorns on Tuesday

Oumar Niasse of Everton closes down Jonny Evans during the 0-0 draw between the Baggies and visitors Everton 

Oumar Niasse of Everton closes down Jonny Evans during the 0-0 draw between the Baggies and visitors Everton 

Oumar Niasse of Everton closes down Jonny Evans during the 0-0 draw between the Baggies and visitors Everton 

Rondon’s shot was so skewed that rather than Pickford it instead troubled those stewards in the same luminous orange kit stood halfway up the stand behind.

Rondon went down holding his hamstring and was forced off moments later but the cause might just as readily have been a bruised ego. Everton were offering very little in an offensive sense themselves, hampered by the continued absence of Wayne Rooney. 

Rooney did travel with the squad to the Hawthorns in an effort to play but went home after being unable to shake the effects of a cold that already had kept him out of the draw against Chelsea.

Niasse of Everton looks dejected after the match in which defences came out on top during a 0-0 draw at the Hawthorns

Niasse of Everton looks dejected after the match in which defences came out on top during a 0-0 draw at the Hawthorns

Niasse of Everton looks dejected after the match in which defences came out on top during a 0-0 draw at the Hawthorns

Dominic Calvert-Lewin had to feed on scraps for service while his strike partner Yannick Bolasie was appearing for the first time since suffering a serious knee injury more than 12 months ago.

Bolasie was a willing runner but did little to impact the game before being replaced by Aaron Lennon on the hour.

It took until the 89th minute for the visitors to muster a shot on target as Ben Foster saved Oumar Niasse’s hard shot with his legs. It was another point in the revival under Allardyce but was nothing as inspiring as the 0-0 earned against Chelsea before Christmas. The deeper concern though, is all for West Brom.  

 

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