Everton of England utility player, Alex Iwobi got a starting spot with The Toffees in their latest English Premier League fixture and the Super Eagles’ star made the best of it in helping his side eke out victory away to West Bromwich Albion.
With the hosts missing vastly-improved central defender, Semi Ajayi due to suspension, Iwobi was the only Super Eagles’ player on display at The Hawthorns, even as Nigerian-born attacker, Carl Robson-Kanu got off the hosts’ bench late on.
Megasportsarena.com reports that Iwobi, though, could not get on the goals’ cards, as Everton moved up to fifth on the EPL’s log, courtesy of Richarlison’s 65th-minute header, which was enough to secure a 1-0 win over Ajayi’s WBA.
Dramatically, Mbaye Diagne was denied a dramatic late equaliser in the third minute of stoppage time when his finish was ruled out for offside, after earlier seeing a header brilliantly kept out by Jordan Pickford before Dominic Calvert-Lewin also went close, but Sam Johnstone kept out his shot from close range.
Everton took control in the second period and found the breakthrough when substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson’s cross was turned in by Richarlison for his fourth goal in as many games.
The visitors’ third straight league win moved them temporarily into the Champions League places but Chelsea’s 1-0 victory at Liverpool later on Thursday squeezed them out to fifth. West Brom remain in 19th place after 27 games, nine points adrift of safety.