Blues play well but lack cutting edge
Roberto Martinez's Goodison debut as Everton FC boss ended in a frustrating goalless draw - after Marouane Fellaini and Seamus Coleman were each denied by the woodwork.
Fellaini prodded a shot from eight yards against the inside of the post with just eight minutes remaining, then even later in the match Seamus Coleman saw a cross from the right drift against the crossbar.
Everton dominated possession again, but found the Baggies a resilient and well organised unit who, while rarely threatening themselves, still forced two excellent stops out of Tim Howard.
After a pre-match tribute to Dave Hickson, Everton lined up in a fluid 4-2-3-1 formation, with Fellaini and Osman holding midfield, and Barkley, Mirallas and Pienaar interchanging behind Jelavic.
The tactical set-up worked for the Blues as they created several half-chances from the off.
Pienaar had a diving header saved before Ross Barkley, impressive again, fizzed a low cross in front of Jelavic.
A fantastic passing move from the Blues then led to Kevin Mirallas firing a shot that was acrobatically tipped over by Ben Foster.
According to the Goodison scoreboard, the first half stats showed the Blues' dominance, with shots on target EFC 4 West Brom 0, Corners EFC 4 West Brom 0, Fouls 7-7, And possession 59% EFC 41% West Brom.
Crucially though .. the main stat reads Everton 0 West Brom 0 at half-time.
Everton continued to press, but found West Brom in no mood to roll over as they tried to break up the flow of the game at every opportunity.
Kone and Naismith came on as Everton pressed for the winner, forcing Ben Foster into more saves and then having Fellaini hit the post.
In the end though the Blues ran out of time and Roberto Martinez's first game ended 0-0.