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Albion team-mates Ben Foster and Peter Odemwingie had to be pulled apart after an angry flare-up as the Baggies' form continued to tail off at Goodison Park.

Albion team-mates Ben Foster and Peter Odemwingie had to be pulled apart after an angry flare-up as the Baggies' form continued to tail off at Goodison Park.

A Gareth McAuley own-goal before half-time and a second-half strike from substitute Victor Anichebe sealed a deserved win for Roy Hodgson's men.

But the Baggies failed to perform and a disappointing day ended on a low note when Foster and Odemwingie squared up after the keeper blamed the forward for allowing a shot on target by the Toffees.

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Albion are now without a win in four games since a run of three successive victories left them virtually clear of relegation danger.

Everton made the brighter start and saw an early cross from Leighton Baines flash dangerously across the face of Albion's goal.

But despite the hosts' dominance of the early exchanges, there was a major element of misfortune when they took the lead on 18 minutes.

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Osman played a neat one-two with Nikica Jelavic before letting fly with a long-range shot that hit McAuley and flew past Ben Foster with the Baggies keeper stranded.

Albion almost levelled the scores 10 minutes later when Paul Scharner had a shot parried by Tim Howard and the ball broke for Chris Brunt, who saw his far-post effort hit team-mate Shane Long and rebound for a goal-kick.

A minute later Foster had to make a fine low save to keep out a 20-yard effort from Marouane Fellaini.

And five minutes before the interval Albion sniffed another opportunity when Liam Ridgewell crossed dangerously from the left towards Shane Long, only for Leighton Baines to make a superb covering header.

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A rare moment of promise from the Baggies 14 minutes after half-time saw Keith Andrews screw a shot well wide after neat counter-attacking move.

But it was 2-0 on 69 minutes as Anichebe collected a pass from Steven Pienaar and was given too much time on the edge of the box to compose himself and score off the base of Foster's right-hand post.

The Baggies keeper had to make another excellent b save to deny Pienaar before a more routine block from Magaye Gueye sparked his row with Odemwingie.

The Baggies keeper appeared to blame the forward for allowing Gueye too much room and they squared up before being pulled apart by team-mates and referee Peter Walton.

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