Half-Time Report: Early Romelu Lukaku strike gives Everton slender lead over West Bromwich Albion

Romelu Lukaku's early strike gives Everton a 1-0 half-time lead over West Bromwich Albion in their Premier League clash at The Hawthorns.

Romelu Lukaku's early strike has handed Everton a slender 1-0 half-time lead over West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns in the Premier League this afternoon.

Romelu Lukaku of Everton celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Everton at The Hawthorns on September 13, 2014© Getty Images

The visitors came out of the blocks at a blistering pace and it paid off straight away, as Lukaku capitalised on a Jonas Olsson error to rifle home from 18 yards with only two minutes on the clock.

The hosts slowly tried to claw their way back into the fixture through Sebastien Pocognoli, who did his best to pick out Chris Brunt, whose effort was blocked on its way to goal.

Albion looked rather toothless in the opening half despite sharing some encouraging possession, and Craig Gardner could only send his long-distance effort over the crossbar. The midfielder later sent a free kick from a promising position straight into the Everton wall.

The Toffees could have extended their lead against the run of play as the half drew to a close, when Kevin Mirallas found space before sending his shot just high over the bar from 20 yards out.

West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster during the Premier League match against Southampton on August 17, 2013
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