Everton cruised past Sunderland in a 4-0 win at Goodison Park. The hosts dominated throughout and it came as a minor surprise that they took so long to wrap up the game, which was scoreless until the 54th minute despite a huge Everton edge in possession, shots and chances. That's when Magaye Gueye intervened, scoring the first goal of his Toffees career with a lovely close-range strike to make it 1-0, and the goal opened the floodgates.
Prodigal son Steven Pienaar extended the hosts' lead with a curling effort from just outside the area that left Simon Mignolet utterly helpless, and Leon Osman wrapped it up shortly thereafter with an almost perfect imitation of the South African's strike. Victor Anichebe made it four, scoring via deflection (suspicions of a Jack Colback own goal there) despite making a complete mess of Pienaar's pass, and it looked for all the world as though Everton could double their tally in the final ten minutes. Fortunately for Sunderland, the score remained 'only' 4-0. It could have been far more embarrassing.