LIVERPOOL (REUTERS) - Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez scored his first Premier League goal and Dominic Calvert-Lewin bagged a hat-trick as Everton thrashed 10-man West Bromwich Albion 5-2 at Goodison Park on Saturday (Sept 19).
West Brom started brightly and opened the scoring through Grady Diangana, his first Premier League goal, but when Calvert-Lewin equalised after an intervention from the Video Assistant Referee, Everton took control.
Just before half-time Rodriguez put Everton ahead from the edge of the box with a finish full of quality, and shortly afterwards was pushed in the face by defender Kieran Gibbs, who received a deserved red card.
Combustible West Brom manager Slaven Bilic was also red-carded by referee Mike Dean as he remonstrated with the official at the break.
The Baggies bagged a superb equaliser from Matheus Pereira's 30-yard free-kick shortly after the restart, but the Toffees' greater quality against 10 men then saw them surge ahead.
Michael Keane put them in front from close range before Calvert-Lewin took his tally for the season to four in two games as he netted two more to complete his first hat-trick for the Merseyside club.
Everton appeared sloppy at times compared with their 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur in their season opener.
But their improvement from last season continues to be dramatic, while for West Brom eight goals conceded in two games shows the measure of their task in the Premier League.
With a vastly improved midfield that includes Colombian playmaker Rodriguez, Everton created 32 goal attempts in their opening two matches.
“You look at the quality we have got on the ball, it was important we utilised the extra man,” striker Calvert-Lewin told SkySports after the West Brom win.
“We created space and chances, and I was happy to be in the box to tap them in.”
Calvert-Lewin hailed the impact of manager Carlo Ancelotti, who is helping him hone his predatory instincts in the box.
“He’s on me every day for one-touch finishes and being in the box to put the ball in the back of the net. It’s nice to know that what I am working on in training is coming off.”
The England junior international is delighted to have Rodriguez in the side, who he hopes will help him push for a first senior cap in the not too distant future.
“He has played at the highest level and you can see the quality he has. He has settled right into the team and the Premier League. It has not been too difficult for him.
“But it’s important not to get carried away. I just need to keep taking care of business, scoring goals and playing well, and the rest will take care of itself.”