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Mel hails West Brom display after Everton draw

21 January 2014 00:02

Pepe Mel praised West Brom's display following a 1-1 draw with Everton in his first game in charge on Monday.

The Spanish head coach looked set to begin his Hawthorns reign with a defeat when Kevin Mirallas put Everton ahead shortly before the interval.

But a 75th-minute leveller from defender Diego Lugano secured a point for West Brom, and Mel - who took over earlier this month following the dismissal of Steve Clarke - expressed satisfaction with the performance of his players against a team striving for UEFA Champions League football.

"For me the performance was very good," he told Sky Sports.

"In the first half we were too open but in the second half we were compact. Everton is a team that is very, very strong. Tonight was a difficult match for me and my team."

Despite the pleasing start, Mel insists that there is still more work to be done, and hopes to sign a striker in the January transfer window.

"It is only the first week, I need to work," he added. "The players are hungry, for me that it is important.

"Shane Long is out, I think the team is very well, I need one more striker, but with (Nicolas) Anelka, (Victor) Anichebe, (Matej) Vydra I am happy."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
20 January 2014
Game week
22
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
1 - 1
Venue
The Hawthorns (West Bromwich)
Attendance
24184

Goals

0 - 1
D. Lugano 75'
(assist by J. Morrison) 
1 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
3
2
6 55'
14 75'
7 44'
5 35'
22
11
39
20
Coach: Pepe Mel
# Player Bookings
24
6
3
15
23
8
18 51'
21
16
11 41' 90+2'
17
Coach: Roberto Martínez

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
16
21
38
13
18
28
29
# Player Bookings
26
7
14
1
2
5
27

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
7 0 +0 0
8 0 +0 0
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
12 0 +0 0
13 0 +0 0
14 0 +0 0
15 0 +0 0
16 0 +0 0
17 0 +0 0
18 0 +0 0
19 0 +0 0
20 0 +0 0

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