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.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez hails Gerard Deulofeu after 4-0 Stoke win

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.

Martinez's liberating effect?

Everton defenders have now scored five Premier League goals this season, more than those of any other side

Source: Opta

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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Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Everton

  • 24 Howard
  • 23 Coleman
  • 08 Oviedo
  • 18 Barry
  • 06 Jagielka
  • 15 Distin
  • 10 Deulofeu
  • 16 McCarthy (Stones - 74' )
  • 17 Lukaku (Jelavic - 80' )
  • 21 Osman
  • 22 Pienaar (Mirallas - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Robles
  • 02 Hibbert
  • 05 Heitinga
  • 07 Jelavic
  • 11 Mirallas
  • 20 Barkley
  • 26 Stones

Stoke City

  • 01 Begovic
  • 20 Cameron Booked
  • 03 Pieters Booked
  • 06 Whelan Booked
  • 17 Shawcross
  • 05 Muniesa
  • 19 Walters (Shea - 59' )
  • 15 N'Zonzi
  • 25 Crouch
  • 16 Adam (Jones - 59' )
  • 24 Assaidi

Substitutes

  • 08 Palacios
  • 09 Jones
  • 11 Shea
  • 12 Wilson
  • 28 Wilkinson
  • 29 Sørensen
  • 32 Ireland
Ref: Michael Jones
Att: 35,513

Match Stats

Shots

22 4

On target

12 3

Corners

9 3

Fouls

9 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Everton 4, Stoke City 0.

90:00 +4:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Everton 4, Stoke City 0.

90:00 +3:48

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

90:00 +3:48

Foul by Kenwyne Jones (Stoke City).

90:00 +1:52

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.

89:51

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

89:51

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

89:40

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.

88:56

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.

88:05

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

87:30

Hand ball by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

85:44

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.

84:49

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

83:51

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

82:53

Foul by Gerard Deulofeu (Everton).

82:53

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

82:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Kevin Mirallas replaces Steven Pienaar.

79:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Nikica Jelavic replaces Romelu Lukaku.

78:12 Goal scored

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.

76:28

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

74:27

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Geoff Cameron.

73:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. John Stones replaces James McCarthy.

73:18

Bryan Oviedo (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73:18

Foul by Brek Shea (Stoke City).

72:19

Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

70:36

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:36

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

69:39

Attempt blocked. Steven Pienaar (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

66:49

Delay in match Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) because of an injury.

64:04

James McCarthy (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:04

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).

63:30 Booking

Booking Erik Pieters (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

63:25

Leon Osman (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:25

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

62:33

Offside, Stoke City. Ryan Shawcross tries a through ball, but Kenwyne Jones is caught offside.

62:01

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Tim Howard.

61:59

Attempt saved. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kenwyne Jones.

61:43

Foul by Leon Osman (Everton).

61:43

Marc Muniesa (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:16

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:16

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

58:55

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Seamus Coleman.

58:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Brek Shea replaces Jonathan Walters.

58:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Kenwyne Jones replaces Charlie Adam.

57:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Everton 3, Stoke City 0. Bryan Oviedo (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gerard Deulofeu following a corner.

57:04

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

54:15

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gerard Deulofeu.

54:12

Attempt saved. Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tim Howard.

53:39

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Sylvain Distin.

52:57

Foul by Steven Pienaar (Everton).

52:57

Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:48

Attempt blocked. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Glenn Whelan.

51:06

Foul by Bryan Oviedo (Everton).

51:06

Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:41

Phil Jagielka (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:41

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

48:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Everton 2, Stoke City 0. Seamus Coleman (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Gareth Barry.

46:41

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

45:31 Booking

Booking Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:27

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).

45:27

Romelu Lukaku (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Everton 1, Stoke City 0.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Everton 1, Stoke City 0.

45:00 +0:56

Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

45:00 +0:56

Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Everton 1, Stoke City 0. Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gareth Barry.

43:15

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

42:42

Attempt saved. Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Peter Crouch with a headed pass.

41:42 Booking

Booking Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41:38

Bryan Oviedo (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

41:38

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

41:33

Attempt blocked. Leon Osman (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

40:01

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Marc Muniesa.

40:00

Attempt blocked. Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

39:44

Foul by Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City).

39:44

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:05

Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bryan Oviedo with a cross.

36:28

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

36:28

Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

34:15

Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:15

Foul by Bryan Oviedo (Everton).

28:29

Foul by Jonathan Walters (Stoke City).

28:29

James McCarthy (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:09

Offside, Stoke City. Asmir Begovic tries a through ball, but Peter Crouch is caught offside.

25:29

Offside, Everton. Leon Osman tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

25:28

Attempt saved. Leon Osman (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

24:46

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.

21:16

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

20:24

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

16:48

Attempt missed. James McCarthy (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

15:44

Offside, Everton. Steven Pienaar tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

14:25

Attempt saved. Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gareth Barry.

11:27

Hand ball by Steven Pienaar (Everton).

11:21

Attempt missed. Bryan Oviedo (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steven Pienaar.

9:51

Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

9:51

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

8:46

Attempt missed. Bryan Oviedo (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Seamus Coleman.

6:04

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:04

Foul by Leon Osman (Everton).

2:54

Attempt blocked. Gareth Barry (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bryan Oviedo with a cross.

2:26

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.

2:24

Attempt saved. Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

1:43

Foul by Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City).

1:43

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:01

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

1:01

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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