Steven Naismith handed Roberto Martinez his first win as Everton manager as they defeated Chelsea 1-0 at Goodison Park.
Everton took the lead on the stroke of half time as Seamus Coleman's searching cross was headed back across goal by Nikica Jelavic and Naismith was there unmarked to head home.
Chelsea had dominated the first half with Samuel Eto'o missing two huge chances and Andre Schurrle blazed over from close range as the Toffees struggled to get on the ball.
Tim Howard nearly paid the price for taking his time when he presented Schurrle with an opportunity, the German knocked the ball back across goal to Eto'o who had the goal at his mercy but Everton's new signing Gareth Barry got back just in time to block the shot.
As the clock entered the 45th minute, Everton got the goal that turned out to be the winner, as great work from Barkley on the edge of the box found Coleman who dug out a cross to Jelavic who headed it to Naismith who couldn't miss from a few yards out.
Chelsea came out strongly after the break with Schurrle missing a great chance just 50 seconds it. Mata found him with a through ball and he attempted to chip Howard, but the ball hit the side netting.
Chelsea continued to press as Eden Hazard tested Howard from long range and then Eto'o missed the rebound. Jose Mourinho then made three changes in a short space of time as Mata, Schurrle and Ashley Cole departed the field for Oscar, Fernando Torres and Frank Lampard, but the substitutions didn't really work and Chelsea never settled in the new formation.
Everton finished strongly as Kevin Mirallas cut inside from the left and stung the palms of Petr Cech. Leighton Baines then hit the bar from a trademark free kick, and Everton held on to a precious three points as the Martinez era gathers pace.
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