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Everton 4-0 Stoke City

By Alistair MagowanBBC Sport
Gerard Delofeu

Everton moved into the Premier League top four after Gerard Deulofeu masterminded a thumping victory over Stoke on his first league start.

The Spanish teenager had already threatened before firing in at the near post following a neat interchange.

Deulofeu then crossed for Seamus Coleman to make it 2-0 after the break.

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Bryan Oviedo added a third from 20 yards after a corner, and Stoke's Peter Crouch drew a save from Tim Howard, before Romelu Lukaku made it four.

It was the Belgian striker's eighth Premier League goal in nine games but Deulofeu was the game's driving force.

The 19-year-old, on loan from Barcelona, earned his chance ahead of Kevin Mirallas on the right side of Everton's midfield and Stoke - who were without the injured defender Robert Huth - could not cope with his strong dribbling and accomplished passing.

The result maintained Everton's unbeaten home record in 2013 and sets them up perfectly for a week including trips to Manchester United and Arsenal.

With the injured Leighton Baines replaced by Oviedo at left-back and Everton boss Roberto Martinez selecting Leon Osman and Deulofeu instead of Ross Barkley and Mirallas, the performance also underlined the growing depth to the Spaniard's squad.

The hosts were a threat from the start, especially Deulofeu, who showed himself worthy of his first Premier League start after a number of strong showings from the bench.

He tested Asmir Begovic with an early free-kick and twice went close before his goal on the stroke of half-time.

Osman, who worked behind lone striker Lukaku, had a busy first half too, drawing a decent stop from the Stoke goalkeeper with Jonathan Walters's shot the visitors' only reply of note.

Deulofeu's well-taken first goal saw him collect the ball on the left, play a neat one-two with Steven Pienaar, and fire into the top corner at the near post after the ball had bounced off Gareth Barry.

Everton 4-0 Stoke: Mark Hughes praises Everton performance

After the break, the hosts broke down the left and Deulofeu checked back, crossing with his right foot. Barry, who was quietly influential for the Toffees in midfield, mis-controlled but the ball fell to Coleman, who swept in.

Deulofeu could have added another before Oviedo's first goal for Everton extended the hosts' lead.

It was a strike worth waiting for, as Deulofeu took a short corner to the Costa Rican full-back on the edge of the area. He took one touch before slamming in right-footed from 20 yards.

Oviedo then supplied the centre for Lukaku's close-range finish, to send the Everton fans home in confident mood for the challenges of the week ahead.

For the Potters, defeat sees them slip to 16th and boss Mark Hughes may have to reconsider his attacking options after a performance in which his team offered barely any threat until they went two goals behind.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes: "If we are honest with ourselves Everton were better, they had more options, were more dynamic and had more pace but we have to pick ourselves up for Wednesday [against Cardiff]. We have to do better then.

"We were disappointed with what we produced. With a minute to go to half-time we should see the half out and to concede either side of half-time knocked the stuffing out of us. The last two Everton goals were a case of us chasing the game."

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Line-ups

Everton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Howard
  • 23Coleman
  • 8Oviedo
  • 18Barry
  • 6Jagielka
  • 15Distin
  • 10Deulofeu
  • 16McCarthySubstituted forStonesat 74'minutes
  • 17LukakuSubstituted forJelavicat 80'minutes
  • 21Osman
  • 22PienaarSubstituted forMirallasat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Robles
  • 2Hibbert
  • 5Heitinga
  • 7Jelavic
  • 11Mirallas
  • 20Barkley
  • 26Stones

Stoke

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Begovic
  • 20CameronBooked at 42mins
  • 3PietersBooked at 64mins
  • 6WhelanBooked at 46mins
  • 17Shawcross
  • 5Muniesa
  • 19WaltersSubstituted forSheaat 59'minutes
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 25Crouch
  • 16AdamSubstituted forJonesat 59'minutes
  • 24Assaidi

Substitutes

  • 8Palacios
  • 9Jones
  • 11Shea
  • 12Wilson
  • 28Wilkinson
  • 29Sørensen
  • 32Ireland
Referee:
Michael Jones
Attendance:
35,513

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home22
Away4
Shots on Target
Home12
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Everton 4, Stoke City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Everton 4, Stoke City 0.

  3. Post update

    Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kenwyne Jones (Stoke City).

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tim Howard.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

  7. Post update

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nikica Jelavic (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gerard Deulofeu.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marc Muniesa.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Everton. Gerard Deulofeu tries a through ball, but Seamus Coleman is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Hand ball by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nikica Jelavic.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Stoke City. Geoff Cameron tries a through ball, but Peter Crouch is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nikica Jelavic (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gareth Barry.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Gerard Deulofeu (Everton).

  16. Post update

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Kevin Mirallas replaces Steven Pienaar.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Nikica Jelavic replaces Romelu Lukaku.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Everton 4, Stoke City 0. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bryan Oviedo.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Stoke City. Brek Shea tries a through ball, but Oussama Assaidi is caught offside.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal13101227101731
2Liverpool1273224131124
3Chelsea1273221101124
4Everton136612113824
5Newcastle137241918123
6Man City1271434122222
7Southampton12642157822
8Man Utd126332015521
9Tottenham12624912-320
10Aston Villa134451314-116
11Swansea124351716115
12West Brom133641516-115
13Hull12426915-614
14Norwich134271123-1214
15West Ham133461214-213
16Stoke133461218-613
17Cardiff133461120-913
18Fulham133191124-1310
19Sunderland13229824-168
20Crystal Palace132110722-157
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