Mel starts with draw

Pepe Mel’s first game as West Brom Head Coach ended in a 1-1 draw with Everton.

The Toffees took a first-half lead through Kevin Mirallas but a Diego Lugano header equalised after the break.

West Brom are 13th after the draw with Roberto Martinez’s Everton sixth. A win would have taken Everton into fourth place, above Tottenham and Liverpool.

Former Real Betis Coach Mel said in a post-match interview that he was pleased with the result and the second-half performance.

“For me it was very good. The first-half the team – we were too open but the second-half we were compact.

“Everton is a team that is very, very strong. Tonight is a difficult match for me and my team.

"It's only the first week. I need to work. I need my players but the players are angry. For me, that's important.

"I need one more striker. But I have Nicolas Anelka, Matej Vydra, Victor Anichebe – I'm happy."

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