One record came to end on New Year’s Eve, but another didn’t. The Baggies’ winless run is extended to 20 games in all competitions, 19 in the Premier League, but their 56 game wait for a penalty finally came to an end against Arsenal.
On Boxing Day, the news filtered out amongst the Albion community that Richard Eades, long time mascot at the Hawthorns, had tragically died in the early hours of the morning.
The Baggies did everything but score against Everton, but the club record winless run goes on now standing at 18 Premier League games, 19 overall.
At the halfway point of the season, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that there needs to be a significant improvement in results in the second half if Albion are to extend their eight-season stay in the Premier League.