Football: Everton fight back for 2-1 win at West Brom

Everton's Gareth Barry celebrates scoring their second goal with Romelu Lukaku.
Everton's Gareth Barry celebrates scoring their second goal with Romelu Lukaku.PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Goals from Belgium forward Kevin Mirallas and midfielder Gareth Barry steered Everton to a 2-1 Premier League win at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday (Aug 20) after Gareth McAuley had given the hosts an early lead.

It was the first taste of success for Everton's new coach Ronald Koeman, whose side fell behind after Northern Ireland defender McAuley stole in at the far post to head home a Craig Gardner corner.

Everton enjoyed the lion's share of the possession in the opening period and made it count on the stroke of halftime when Mirallas beat goalkeeper Ben Foster with a slick finish after incisive passing by Barry and Ross Barkley.

 

Everton looked a different side after fit-again striker Romelu Lukaku came on as a first-half substitute and Barry capped a memorable afternoon when he nodded in the winner on the hour after Mason Holgate's touch fell kindly for him.