Everton substitute Victor Anichebe scored his first Barclays Premier League goal of the season to earn his side a 1-0 victory against West Brom at the Hawthorns.
It was 18 minutes before the first reasonable opportunity when Shane Long headed just over after getting on the receiving end of a deep centre from West Brom skipper Chris Brunt.
Everton looked the more likely to break the deadlock and Nicky Shorey blocked a fierce drive from Leighton Baines after his initial corner was half cleared.
Louis Saha sent a half-volley just past the post after Albion failed to clear a Baines free-kick fully, while Jack Rodwell should have done better with a free header from a Baines corner but he directed it wide.
Albion showed more purpose at the start of the second period and Peter Odemwingie missed a clear chance after 47 minutes. The Nigeria international stayed onside in running onto a looping header forward from James Morrison and got clear of the Everton rearguard. But Odemwingie lacked composure and lifted his shot over the bar.
Ben Foster saved a volley from Everton substitute Magaye Gueye at the foot of a post. Then, with three minutes left, Anichebe netted the winner.