Jan 30, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​Goodison Park
West BromWest Bromwich Albion
Baines (29', 45' pen.)
FT(HT: 2-0)
Long (65')
Yacob (61'), Dorrans (80')

Result: Everton close gap on Tottenham Hotspur

A double from Leighton Baines has seen Everton overcome West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at Goodison Park.

Everton have closed the gap on fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park.

Everton defender Leighton Baines scores his second, from the penalty spot, against West Brom on January 30, 2013© PA Photos

The Blues settled better in the first half, with Kevin Mirallas and Victor Anichebe both having efforts at goal.

Marouane Fellaini came closest to breaking the deadlock, but the Belgian saw his shot come crashing off the crossbar.

The breakthrough finally came in the 30th minute courtesy of another Leighton Baines special.

The England full-back linked up well with Steven Pienaar before belting a 20-yard shot past a helpless Ben Foster.

He was then given the chance to double Everton's advantage from the penalty spot after Claudio Yacob tripped up Victor Anichebe in the penalty box.

The Argentine had only been on the pitch a matter of minutes, as he had replaced young midfielder George Thorne, who was stretchered off.

Baines sent Foster the wrong way to put his team firmly in control at half time.

The Baggies came out a different side after the break but still found themselves second best. However, hope was restored by Shane Long with just under half an hour left to play.

The Irish striker capitalised on an horrendous error by John Heitinga, who failed to clear Romelu Lukaku's scuffed effort after the Belgian had rounded keeper Tim Howard.

Leon Osman missed a glorious opportunity to put the game to bed, but David Moyes's men were able to hang on with just the one-goal advantage.

Everton's Leighton Baines celebrates a goal against West Brom on January 30, 2013
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