The clash of two unbeaten teams playing attractive, attacking soccer and it was the Baggies walking away with the full three points. Deservedly so. They were the dominant team bossing Everton in the midfield because of the excellent Youssuf Mulumbu. And a constant threat down the flanks through Peter Odemwingie and Liam Ridgewell.
Their finishing too was excellent with Shane Long guiding an on the money cross from Odemwingie and then an unresponsive defense allowed Gareth McAuley all the time and space in the world to head in a corner.
Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic had their chances with the former guilty of clumsily blazing the ball over with an open goal in front of him.
Tim Howard was the second American goalie to have an excellent game after Brad Friedel, both losing efforts. He saved Steve Morrison’s blast and then palmed away Mulumbu’s rocket to prevent further damage.
The Baggies are just behind the Swans and Chelsea in stratospheric third place. Everton is in fifth. This season, the usual suspects have no easy games.