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Everton 4-0 Stoke City

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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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.

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.

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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

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

Substitutes

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

Stoke

  • 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

Match ends, Everton 4, Stoke City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Everton 4, Stoke City 0.

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

Foul by Kenwyne Jones (Stoke City).

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.

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

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

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.

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.

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

Hand ball by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

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.

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

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

Foul by Gerard Deulofeu (Everton).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Kevin Mirallas replaces Steven Pienaar.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Nikica Jelavic replaces Romelu Lukaku.

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.

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

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Geoff Cameron.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. John Stones replaces James McCarthy.

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

Foul by Brek Shea (Stoke City).

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

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

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

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

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

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

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).

Booking

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

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

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

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

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Tim Howard.

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.

Foul by Leon Osman (Everton).

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

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Arsenal1310121731
2Liverpool127321124
3Chelsea127321124
4Everton13661824
5Newcastle13724123
6Man City127142222
7Southampton12642822
8Man Utd12633521
9Tottenham12624-320
10Aston Villa13445-116
11Swansea12435115
12West Brom13364-115
13Hull12426-614
14Norwich13427-1214
15West Ham13346-213
16Stoke13346-613
17Cardiff13346-913
18Fulham13319-1310
19Sunderland13229-168
20Crystal Palace132110-157
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