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Summary

  1. Everton take two-goal lead after 31 mins
  2. Sunderland hit back to level after half-time
  3. Everton score three in seven mins to take control
  4. Kone completes hat-trick with close-range header

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By Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Well, Everton fans will have a spring in their step when they go to work tomorrow.

Sunderland fans? Surely it can only get better, to quote D:Ream.

Anyway, I'm outta here now - Jonathan Jurejko is your man for coverage of Southampton v Bournemouth. That game kicks off shortly over here.

Until next time... goodbye.

Everton 6-2 Sunderland

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce: “The defensive frailties were just too much in the side today and we allowed Everton to win the game comfortably in the end. If we don’t sort those out, and we are going to give it away like we did when we get to 2-2 today, it will be a long haul over the next few months or so.”

Everton 6-2 Sunderland

It matters very little, but Jermain Defoe has bagged more away goals at Goodison Park than at any other PL ground (5).

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Chris Greenwood, West Hampstead: Weren't Everton fans calling for Martinez to be sacked not so long ago? Just shows what happens when clubs put faith in good managers and good players.  

Manager reaction

Everton 6-2 Sunderland

"It was a fantastic game to watch first and foremost. From our point of view, we knew Sunderland had changed their system to make it difficult for us. But the movement and composure in possession was special. To score six - and we could have scored more - it was outstanding. It was special.

"We got in between spaces really well. Sometimes your attacking pattern can become predictable. But the way we used the space and the interplay between our attacking players - it was a complete performance.

"We had a two-goal lead so it was a huge blow to concede before half-time and then suddenly we have something to lose. You need to understand how to play the game after conceding the second. They did that very well."

[On Arouna Kone] "His springboard was against Watford on the opening day. He had a career-threatening knee-injury but when he came on against Watford, to show he could help the team and perform, it was an incredible turning point. Since then we have seen a very good footballer."

Roberto Martinez Everton manager

Everton 6-2 Sunderland

Big Sam is being interviewed now. He seems fairly relaxed in the circumstances.

Everton 6-2 Sunderland

You know it's been a bad day at the office when the red spots on your team heat map are in the centre circle, from having to kick off so many times!

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Everton 6-2 Sunderland

Here's how the table now looks for you, Everton fans.

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8 - There were more goals scored in that game (8) than in the previous five PL meetings between Everton & Sunderland combined (7). Madness.

Everton 6-2 Sunderland

And here's what the number crunchers thought of it all.

Everton 6-2 Sunderland
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Player reaction

Everton 6-2 Sunderland

"It was end to end. Not the plan we had. The goal before half-time changed it a bit. Second half, some of our attacking play was really good.

"The plan was to get down the sides. It was the one-twos around the box that paid off and we took our chances when they came.

"At the end of my career I will look back at having played so many games. While I'm still playing I have to keep enjoying it. My body is good. I'll take it a season as a time."

Gareth Barry Everton midfielder, on Sky Sports

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Paul Scully: Nice to see all the Sunderland players go over to their supporters. They couldn't get off the pitch quicker.  

Mark Taylor: Big Sam surely one of the EPL worst managers. Yes, I have just been sacked again but I'm your man. OK the jobs yours then.  

Everton 6-2 Sunderland

Everton supporters will be pleased to see Ross Barkley's stats from today. He played more passes than anyone else and his passing accuracy of 94.3% was only bettered by John Stones (95.2%). He's clearly improving.

Everton 6-2 Sunderland

Romelu Lukaku was seriously good in the number 10 role today - here's his heat map, showing where he did the damage.

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Everton 6-2 Sunderland

Arouna Kone looks pretty chuffed with the matchball as he marches off with it in his hand. And so he should - what a superb display from Everton.

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FULL-TIME

Everton 6-2 Sunderland

Oh to be a fly on the wall of the Sunderland dressing room once Big Sam gets rid of the gum and tears into his players.

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Dave Payn: It seems that at times, the only games Sunderland are switched on for are the ones v Newcastle.  

Everton 6-2 Sunderland

Arouna Kone, by the way, is the fifth different Ivorian to score a Premier League hat-trick - after Didier Drogba, Arouna Dindane, Yaya Toure and Saloman Kalou.

Aroune Kone
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Everton 6-2 Sunderland

A chance for Sunderland to add a consolation but Duncan Watmore lacks composure and, after breaking into the box unmarked, his lob is easily saved by Tim Howard who just sticks out a hand and diverts it away from danger.

Everton 6-2 Sunderland

Kevin Mirallas curls a shot wide. Everton want seven - they continue to pour forward.

Everton 6-2 Sunderland

Sunderland's defence might be 'iffy', to say the least, but Everton's front three has looked the business today.

Gerard Deulofeu and Romelu Lukaku deliver the bullets and Arouna Kone does the rest. There's a great understanding between the three of them.

Romelu Lukaku
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Jamie Anderson: Not to say I told you so to everyone I told but a back three against Lukaku and Kone? What was Sam thinking? Where's the ten men behind the ball we should have been deploying?  

Everton 6-2 Sunderland

If you were a Sunderland defender, would you bother going back to the dressing room later and facing the wrath of Big Sam?

I'd jump over a gate, still in my kit, and get the train home. A much less frightening proposition.

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Niall Hughes: How many managers do Sunderland have to go through before they improve their centre backs. Been awful since Bruce was in charge.

Tom Gardner: I'll bet fifty quid Sam Allardyce has Kevin Nolan signed up within the week after this result/ performance.  

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One of my favourite Yorkshiremen Jonathan Jurejko is whirring into life for a dedicated live text of Southampton v Bournemouth. You can join JJ over here.

SUBSTITUTION

Everton 6-2 Sunderland

Romelu Lukaku's work is done and he is replaced by Leon Osman.

And what a shift from the big Belgian, who looks the part as a number 10 - pulling the strings and orchestrating the Toffees attack. A display Teddy Sheringham would have been proud of.

Romelu Lukaku
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James Bremner: Can I get a mention for the great refereeing at #EVESUN. Free flowing football needs a good referee, not a centre of attention.  

6+ - The last time that Everton scored 6+ goals in a Premier League game was also against Sunderland (7-1 in Nov 2007). Bullies.

GOAL - Everton 6-2 Sunderland

Arouna Kone hat-trick

You need to watch Match of the Day 2 later just to see Romelu Lukaku's cross. It's a sublime effort with the outside of his boot to pick out Arouna Kone, who makes no mistake from 10 yards out to ensure he'll be taking the match ball home tonight.

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Everton 5-2 Sunderland

We'll get Romelu, Arouna and Ross to look into your technical issues, Steve (see tweet below). I'm sure normal service will be resumed soon.

Sorry Sunderland fans. It's best to laugh. If not, you'll cry.

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Steve Fletcher: What's going on ? No reports of a goal for at least 5 mins. Is it a technical fault?  

Everton 5-2 Sunderland

Everton almost make it 6 (six) when Kevin Mirallas breaks through the middle but he's forced wide by the keeper and Sunderland survive. For now.

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Joel Ikechi Oblates: I thought Sunderland were in this when they equalised? Looking at the table I guess their position is were they truly belong.

Barney Kiddle: January can't come soon enough for Big Sam.

Craig Andrew Smith: Defensively we've not been good enough, but at the same time have to admire #Everton's performance. They have been outstanding.

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Everton 5-2 Sunderland

Seven goals in the first match on a Sunday is always good, isn't it?

Like finding out it's rhubarb crumble for dessert after your Sunday lunch.

Treats galore.

5 - Everton have scored five goals in a single Premier League game for the first time since February 2011 (5-3 v Blackpool). Feast.

Everton 5-2 Sunderland

Romelu Lukaku is enjoying himself now - doing the old Ronaldinho trick of looking one way and passing the other to release Everton down the right. The cross comes in from Kevin Mirallas, but Arouna Kone falls over in trying to get on the end of it.

Everton 5-2 Sunderland

Does anybody know the score? I've lost count.

On a serious note, are Sunderland missing Lee Cattermole? He went off injured in the first half.

Lee Cattermole
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SUBSTITUTION

Everton 5-2 Sunderland

Everton's little magician Gerard Deulofeu is brought off - much to Sunderland's relief, no doubt. His replacement? Only Kevin Mirallas.

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Belete Eshetea: What a match we are having. If things continue like this, we might end up with the highest goals scored in a game.  

GOAL - Everton 5-2 Sunderland

Arouna Kone

What's going on here? Did Big Sam take off his defence at half-time and not tell us? Perhaps he read his players a chapter from Steve McClaren's book of half-time team talks?

It's been some implosion from his side who worked their way back to 2-2 and are now 5-2 down. Arouna Kone bangs in another.

I'm sure if you give us a minute, we'll be reporting on another goal.

Aroune Kone
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