Mel happy with 'dream' night

Last updated : 21 January 2014 By Wba-mad Editor

New head coach Pepe Mel admitted it was a dream to take charge of his first Premier League game.

The Spaniard masterminded a second half comeback from the Baggies after Everton took the lead minutes before half time.

Mel sent on former Everton forward Victor Anichebe after the break and his introduction saw Albion create a number of chances before Diego Lugano’s equaliser.

“It was a good night,” said the former Real Betis coach.


“The fans were very, very kind to me and today was a dream for me.


“It was a long day for me working since 8am to get ready for the game - but the end is beautiful.


“I think the result really is a very fair one.


“In the first half we were too open and in the second half we were compact and better.


“In the first half we made a lot of errors, which could have really cost us the game.


“Thankfully we were able to talk about them at half-time and correct the issues.


“The second half was very important for me.


“It is a very good first step.


“Everton are a very good team so for us to have 50 per cent possession is very good.


“I need to work very hard but I am very happy with my players because they want to play and work.


“But everyone who works for the club goes away from here tonight thinking we’ve done a good job.”

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