Everton fly past Stoke City at Goodison Park
Man of the match Gerard Deulofeu helps the Toffees beat Stoke 4-0
Gerard Deulofeu scored one and set up another on his first Premier League start for Everton to help them secure the win 4-0 for Everton over a lacklustre Stoke City side at Goodison Park.
Seamus Coleman, Bryan Oviedo and Romelu Lukaku were also on the score-sheet to see Everton climb into the Champions League places.
Mark Hughes made just two changes to the side that won 2-0 against Sunderland last weekend with Marc Munesia and Ossama Assaidi coming in for injured duo Robert Huth and Marko Arnautovic whilst Roberto Martinez handed Deulofeu his first Premier League start alongside Oviedo who came in for Leighton Baines.
Everton were awarded an early free kick that Deulofeu tried his luck with but Asmir Begovic managed to push the ball to safety which allowed Assaidi to go on the break and offer Peter Crouch a cross that he was unable to make contact with.
Deulofeu had a point to prove in this game and just minutes later was let loose on a sharp run down the middle but his pull back attempt went wrong and didn't make it to Lukaku.
James McCarthy and Lukaku played a one two down field but the end result was McCarthy side-footing wide.
Erik Pieters saved Stoke a few minutes later as he blocked Deulofeu's dangerous cross for a corner before heading over the cross bar to prevent Phil Jagielka from giving Everton the advantage.
Munesia looked rusty in the opening stages but he made up for this when he headed away Oviedo's dangerous cross to keep the pressure off Stoke.
Lukaku's first real chance at goal came just before the interval but with Munesia breathing down his neck The Belgian was unable to direct his header on target.
Stoke reacted with their first shot in goal which saw Crouch head into the path of Jonathan Walters but his shot was easily saved by Tim Howard.
The deadlock as broken on the stroke of half time as Deulofeu passed to Steven Pienaar before playing a one two with Gareth Barry into the area with the Spaniard then firing a superb shot past Begovic for his first league goal for The Toffees.
Just minutes after the interval Coleman doubled Everton’s lead after improvising a finish with his left foot when the ball found him from a break through Deulofeu.
Deulofeu again ran unchallenged into the box with Lukaku in support but Begovic managed to pull off a superb block with his feet to deny the in form pair.
Stoke were unable to deal with Everton's attack and Oviedo secured the win and the three points in the 58th minute when the Costa Rican hit a stunning right footed shot from outside the area past Begovic and into the bottom corner.
Stoke tried to fight to pull a goal back as Kenwyne Jones came on for Charlie Adam and tried to feed the ball to Crouch in the penalty area but the Stoke duo are denied by Howard and the offside flag.
Pieters then went down the left and put in an inviting cross for Brek Shea but The American was unable to make contact with the goal in front of him.
Lukaku made sure there was no way back for The Potters as Oviedo picked out the big striker in the box and the Belgian slotted past a deflated Begovic to make it 4-0.
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