Post by Everton News. on Dec 10, 2017 16:47:39 GMT
Away Fan Guide - West Brom
Blues supporters should not travel on the day of the match if they do not already hold a valid ticket.
There are two railway stations within walking distance of the Hawthorns.
Rolfe Street is approximately one mile from the stadium, while The Hawthorns lies approximately 200m away from its namesake.
This station also has the ‘Midlands Metro’ line. Everton fans travelling into Birmingham can use this service from Snow Hill Station, which is a short walk from Birmingham New Street Station.
From M5 Junction 1 and West Browmich, take the A41 East - sign-posted for Birmingham city centre. The stadium is visible immediately after the motorway island is cleared and stands about 600m to the Birmingham side of Junction 1.
From Birmingham, follow the A41 West towards the M5 Junction 1. The stadium will be located on your left-hand side.
AT THE HAWTHORNS
Everton supporters will be located in block “A” of the Smethwick End (South) Stand.
Turnstiles will be open 75 minutes before kick-off. Please arrive at turnstiles in plenty of time to avoid queuing.
THE LOCAL AREA
Royal Oak Public House has been suggested as the main 'away pub'. It is situated on Holyhead Road which is past the stadium going into Handsworth, approximately half a mile from the stadium.
Park Hotel is located just off the Junction 1 Island of the M5. It can be accessed by foot from Junction 1 Island or by vehicle via Europa Avenue. It is also half a mile from the stadium.
Vine Public House is on Roebuck Lane and is again approximately half a mile from stadium.
Travelling Everton supporters who need to book accommodation can book the Park Inn Hotel at the discounted rate of:
B&B single occupancy - £59 B&B double occupancy - £69
To receive the discounted rate, supporters need to book via telephone on 02073650519. No code is required, simply state you are an Everton fan at the time of booking.
This offer is subject to availability and bookings are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Coaches will be parked in the Middlemore Road, which is approximately 300m from the ground. There is no charge for coach parking.
Away supporters travelling by car should park on the Evans Easy Space Factory Unite Site, 151 Middlemore Road, B71 4LS.
If you are arriving by car, please click here for advice on where to park on the day of the fixture.
DISABLED SUPPORTER INFO
Disabled supporters can access the stadium via the designated entrance between the Smethwick End Stand and West Stand on Halfords Lane.
Any coaches that have a disabled supporter in their group are urged to contact West Brom in advance so special drop-off and pick-up arrangements can be made.
Everton Football Club does not condone the use of pyrotechnics whatsoever those found using them either home or away will be subject of action by the Club and the Police. Being convicted of using them could also result in a jail sentence that is how seriously the matter is being treated by courts across the country. As a Club we would also impose an indefinite ban on anyone caught using pyrotechnics. Apart from the risk of a ban or conviction the devices have a serious effect on others, particularly those with breathing difficulties and the disabled in wheelchairs who cannot easily get away from the smoke.
During the season 2015/16, we have noticed an increase of persistent group “bouncing”, culminating in beer being thrown in the air. This has happened on both home and away concourses and would stress has only involved a very small minority of fans.
This has resulted in both the Club and the Police receiving complaints from supporters who have become soaked in beer. As we are sure you will agree this is anti-social behaviour and people should not have to put up with this. As a consequence, both the Club, Merseyside Police and supporter’s groups have discussed how this should be addressed.
Firstly, both the Club and the Police want to make it clear that we want ALL our supporters to enjoy their day and we understand that this may include singing and an element of “bouncing” as a group.
However, a decision has been made that should home or away fans participate in the throwing of alcohol in any area of the stadium, they will be dealt with by Match Day Stewards with the full support of Merseyside Police Officers. This could culminate with an ejection from the ground or potentially an arrest, dependent on the specific circumstances. This season, you will see more stewards and Police Officers on the concourse, who will provide early advice should a situation look like it is getting out of control.
Please continue to enjoy the match but we ask that you also consider other supporters and how they will be affected by your behavior and we ask for your support in this.
Everton Official Club Contact for this fixture
Club Supporter Liaison Officer Rachel Meikle, will be available to help with any queries on the day of the fixture up until Kick Off via Email: [email protected]
A team of Everton stewards will also be in operation at the Stadium of Light and are on hand to help with any issues that arise on the day of the game.
TEAM NEWS West Brom's record signing Nacer Chadli faces another spell on the sidelines after he injured a thigh on his comeback at the weekend.
Matt Phillips is nearing a return but James Morrison remains out.
Everton are assessing Wayne Rooney's fitness after he missed Saturday's draw with Chelsea because of flu.
Idrissa Gueye is a major doubt due to a hamstring injury, whilst Sam Allardyce has indicated captain Phil Jagielka will be rested.
MOTD COMMENTATOR'S NOTES Martin Fisher: "Relegation fears prompted both clubs to sack their managers earlier in the campaign but, while Everton's decision has paid off handsomely, West Brom remain stuck in the bottom three and their eight-year stay in the Premier League looks in real danger.
"After five games in charge, Alan Pardew is still looking for his first win and West Brom's chronic goal shortage remains unresolved.
"Everton were 18th, two points behind Albion, when Ronald Koeman was dismissed two months ago. David Unsworth brought some improvement but they've kicked on magnificently under Sam Allardyce.
"They are unbeaten under him and have taken 11 points from a possible 15, which has left them looking up rather than down."
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY West Brom head coach Alan Pardew: "We had to show the fans that we were up for the fight and I think we did that (at Stoke). They were obviously disappointed at the finish but it was good to see them give the players a positive reaction.
"That was really appreciated and now we need them more than ever.
"We need to get our stadium rocking against Everton because that might just be the difference that gets us out of this terrible run."
Everton manager Sam Allardyce: "This time (Christmas) will be demanding but some players will have to step up to the mark. Anyone getting injured now misses a massive amount of games.
"In the next 13 days we are going to play four matches and if anyone gets injured they miss all of them and we have enough injured already."
LAWRO'S PREDICTION Sam Allardyce keeps on doing what we know he does, which is make his teams extremely difficult to beat.
Alan Pardew has not had the same impact since taking charge of the Baggies, but I am backing his side to upset the apple cart this time.
MATCH FACTS Head-to-head
Everton have won on their last three visits to West Brom - their best run at the Hawthorns for 120 years. A fourth victory would equal Everton's longest Premier League away winning streak against a single opponent. West Brom have registered just two wins and lost eight of their last 13 meetings against the Toffees. Everton won last season's corresponding fixture 2-1. Gareth Barry, now with West Brom, scoring the winning goal.
West Bromwich Albion
West Brom are winless in 17 Premier League games. It is the worst streak in the division since Aston Villa failed to win in 19 matches between August 2015 and January 2016. The Baggies have picked up just two points from a possible 15 since Alan Pardew became head coach. West Brom are the only club not to have won a league point from a losing position this season, whereas opponents Everton have won an unrivalled 12. Pardew has won only one and lost 11 of his last 16 Premier League matches as a manager. He is winless in all four Premier League home fixtures against sides managed by Sam Allardyce, losing three of them.
Everton have won three and drawn two of their five Premier League matches under Sam Allardyce. They have kept three league clean sheets with Allardyce at the helm - the same number they had kept in their previous 18 league matches. Everton haven't lost away on Boxing Day since 2005 at Aston Villa, winning three and drawing two. However, no manager has lost more Premier League matches on Boxing Day than Allardyce's tally of seven.
Post by Everton News. on Dec 24, 2017 17:34:50 GMT
West Bromwich Albion v Everton Premier League The Hawthorns 3pm kick-off
Everton are likely to be without Idrissa Gana Gueye after the midfielder was forced off in the goalless draw with Chelsea last time out.
Speaking about Gana’s injury - and squad rotation - manager Sam Allardyce said: ”The disappointing thing about an injury is he misses four games even if he is back in two weeks," said the Blues boss.
"Anyone getting injured now misses a massive amount of games. In the next 13 days we are going to play four matches and if anyone gets injured they miss all of them and we have enough injured already.
"We saw Phil Jagielka come back [against Chelsea] and to a magnificent job. I didn’t want to play him for 90 minutes and he did a sterling job. I don’t think I will be considering him for WBA. This time will be demanding but some players will have to step up to the mark."
The Blues will have to wait on the fitness of Wayne Rooney who missed Saturday’s game with a heavy cold.
Yannick Bolasie, however, is again available after being named in a matchday 18 for the first time in more than a year against Chelsea.
James McCarthy, Ross Barkley [both hamstring], Leighton Baines [calf], Seamus Coleman [broken leg] and Ramiro Funes Mori [knee] are all expected to miss out.
For West Brom, Nacer Chadli [thigh] and James Morrison [Achilles] are unavailable, while Matt Phillips is doubtful with a hamstring problem.
Sam Allardyce will be thirsting to maintain his unbeaten start to life as Everton boss at The Hawthorns.
The Blues head into the clash having recorded five wins and two draws in their past seven outings, with five clean sheets recorded in that period.
The Baggies, meanwhile, will be searching for their first victory under new boss Alan Pardew.
But Pardew's winless streak of five games since succeeding Tony Pulis only tells part of West Brom’s story, who are 18 games without a win in total.
They suffered a 3-1 away defeat to Stoke City last time out and currently sit 19th in the Premier League table.
Everton secured a come-from-behind victory on their last visit to The Hawthorns - in August 2016.
The home side went in front inside 10 minutes as Gareth McAuley headed in a Craig Gardner corner at the far post.
But the Toffees looked increasingly threatening and Kevin Mirallas rolled in an equaliser just before the break.
Gareth Barry then forced the ball in with a close-range header on the hour mark to secure then-manager Ronald Koeman his first win as Blues boss.
ONE TO WATCH: AHMED HEGAZI
Egyptian international defender Ahmed Hegazi made his loan move from Al Ahly permanent last week.
After an impressive start to his West Brom career, the Baggies triggered an option to keep the 26-year-old.
Hegazi signed a deal until the summer of 2022.
"This is great news for the club - Ahmed has been absolutely terrific for me since I arrived and I am sure there is even more to come from him in the future," said boss Alan Pardew.
"He is one of the players we can build around on the road ahead. He has a big role to play and it is good for the player and the club to remove any doubts and make the transfer permanent."
Hegazi scored on his debut for the club in a 1-0 home win over Bournemouth on the opening day of the 2017/18 campaign.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE: ROGER EAST
Wiltshire-born official East has refereed 13 games in total this campaign, with eight of those coming in the Premier League.
The 52-year-old has handed out 47 yellow cards and two red cards in that time, his last dismissal coming back in November when he sent off Huddersfield Town’s Christopher Schindler in the Terriers’ 1-0 win over West Brom.
The last time East took charge of an Everton match was back in April when the Blues played out a 0-0 draw at West Ham United.
As always, there will be free live audio commentary of Tuesday’s contest on evertonfc.com.
In addition to our live commentary, look out for our live blog which will bring you updates, imagery, video and team news from The Hawthorns. Head to the match centre, the official App or the evertonfc.com homepage on matchday to find it.
Post by Everton News. on Dec 26, 2017 17:18:52 GMT
Sam Allardyce became the first Everton manager to go unbeaten in his opening seven games in charge as the Blues played out a Boxing Day stalemate with West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.
West Brom had the better of the chances - including two early close-range attempts for Salomon Rondon and Craig Dawson - but the Baggies encountered a defence that has become extremely tough to pierce since Allardyce’s arrival.
Indeed, it was the fifth clean sheet for Everton since the manager was sworn in just under a month ago - not including the 4-0 victory over West Ham United which Allardyce viewed from the directors’ box at Goodison on the eve of his appointment.
Three days on from taking a point in a goalless draw against Chelsea, the headline team news for this festive fixture was the inclusion of Yannick Bolasie, who made his first appearance in over a year after his long battle back to fitness from a cruciate ligament injury.
Allardyce again opted for rotation, bringing back Ashley Williams and Mason Holgate in a three-man defence. Phil Jagielka and Aaron Lennon dropped down to the bench, while Idrissa Gana Gueye was ruled out completely with the hamstring problem suffered against Chelsea. Wayne Rooney was absent for the second match in succession having not fully recovered from illness.
West Brom were out of the traps quickest and Everton got a let-off just five minutes in. An inviting, inswinging cross from Jay Rodriguez was missed by a number of Blues defenders, but Rondon somehow scuffed his finish wide from only a few yards out.
Indeed, the Baggies sent over a number of dangerous crosses in the opening exchanges which vigilantly needed dealing with. Chris Brunt nearly got his head on one from the right touchline and Jordan Pickford, with three clean sheets to his name already in December, was required to make a confident catch. And when Dawson did make contact with another threatening centre, he planted his header over the bar - another big chance for the hosts to break the deadlock. Bolasie, alongside Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Gylfi Sigurdsson in attack, was utilised primarily from the left in the first half, and there were the odd flashes of his unpredictable skill. Jonjoe Kenny and Cuco Martina were allowed to push on further up the pitch in the wing-back formation but other than a handful of balls in from wide areas, Everton were unable to force home goalkeeper Ben Foster into a serious save of note before the interval - that despite occupying an increasing amount of possession as the first half progressed.
At the other end, Pickford’s scampering save from Brunt’s long-range effort ensured it remained all-square at the midway point.
The second half began like the first, with Rondon skewing an excellent opportunity shortly after the restart. This time, having shrugged off Holgate, he lacked composure and sliced his shot well wide from inside the area.
Soon after, Morgan Schneiderlin whipped over a cross from the left wing which frustratingly evaded everyone inside a packed box, including Calvert-Lewin who was lurking at the far post.
Bolasie got through an hour’s worth of work before his comeback appearance came to an end. Allardyce opted to freshen up the attacking threat with a double change, Oumar Niasse and Lennon coming on for the DR Congo international and Calvert-Lewin.
Yet, there continued to be little between the teams as this attritional contest moved into its closing stages. Tom Davies had a sight of goal but lashed a left-footed shot from 25 yards wide of the target, and then, having beaten the offside trap, Niasse couldn’t find Sigurdsson with a cut-back from the byline.
Everton, who remain ninth, had to scramble away several late attacks from West Brom but, to a man, Pickford and company stood up to the pressure. Matt Phillips’ 84th minute free-kick, hit way over the bar from a promising position, summed up an afternoon that lacked festive finesse.
Still, Niasse might have won it for the Blues at the death. From a tight angle, however, the Senegalese striker saw his first attempt saved by the legs of Foster and then couldn’t squeeze the ball past the Baggies stopper on the follow up.
Everton’s next game takes them on the road once more - to Bournemouth on Saturday.