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Summary

  1. Win takes Everton second in table
  2. Toffees have won four league games in a row
  3. Barry marks 600th PL appearance with goal

Live Reporting

By Phil Cartwright

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Ronald Koeman

    That's about it from me today. Thanks for your company.

    Be sure to join Gary Lineker for the highlights of today's Premier League action in Match of the Day from 22:30 BST on BBC One. They'll make good viewing if you're an Everton fan.

    And remember to join BBC Sport again tomorrow from 10:00 BST for live text and Radio 5 live coverage of Sunday's four Premier League matches.

  2. Positives despite defeat

    FT: Everton 3-1 Middlesbrough

    More from Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka: "We lost a little bit of concentration. When you are a little bit lost against teams like Everton then you have problems.

    "I can be happy with the attitude of the team because other teams would have lost five, six or 7-1. We were battling to the end."

  3. 'We were a bit lost'

    FT: Everton 3-1 Middlesbrough

    Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka: "Everton had to play their best to beat us. We started really well but we were a little bit lost in the last 10-15 minutes of the first half.

    "I have to do my job and I have to let the referees do their job. Today, I knew before the game it was going to be very difficult."

    Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka
  4. 'We can improve'

    FT: Everton 3-1 Middlesbrough

    Everton manager Ronald Koeman, speaking to Match of the Day: "It's a good start in terms of points but the most important thing is the way we get the points.

    "You see the reaction of the fans, they like it. The team is more aggressive but they need to run more and press more."

  5. Koeman happy with Barkley

    FT: Everton 3-1 Middlesbrough

    Everton boss Ronald Koeman, speaking to BT Sport: "Once again our start was not good. It was not aggressive enough, we were not pressing enough. We have really improved a lot physically and we've brought in a lot of players with energy. There is more belief, spirit and the team works well together. That's been the big difference in my opinion."

    On midfielder Ross Barkley: "The reaction I got from him today was very good and that's the Barkley I expect. We know his qualities but sometimes in his football he is too sloppy and he loses easy balls. If he plays like he did today, we don't change him. He's not a young player anymore. He needs to take responsibility but he showed today that he is a very good player."

  6. Match of the Day running order

    With 22 goals in five games today, the Match of the Day running order is a tough one. 

    Gary Lineker is revealing all right now via the Match of the Day Facebook account. 

    The show starts at 22:30 BST on BBC One and the BBC Sport website and Gary will be joined by Alan Shearer and Jermaine Jenas.

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  7. 'A bright start'

    FT: Everton 3-1 Middlesbrough

    Everton midfielder Gareth Barry: "We have a new owner and a new manager. It's been a bright start by everyone. We need to set our targets high."

    Everton midfielder Ross Barkley: "When you are young, your consistency can be up and down. I put the last game behind me and the main thing is we have got three points which is important."

  8. Sunday's fixtures

    FT: Everton 3-1 Middlesbrough

    While we wait for some reaction from Everton's 3-1 win over Middlesbrough, let me tell you about the four Premier League games taking place tomorrow.

    Here's what's on offer...

    • Watford v Manchester United (12:00 BST)
    • Crystal Palace v Stoke City (14:15 BST)
    • Southampton v Swansea City (14:15 BST)
    • Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland (16:30 BST)

    Join BBC Sport for live text and Radio 5 live coverage throughout the day, with the highlights shown in Match of the Day 2 on BBC One at 22:30 BST.

  9. EFL latest

    No late drama at Goodison Park, but there was plenty at St Andrew's.

    Birmingham City came from 1-0 down to take a 2-1 lead in stoppage time and beat Sheffield Wednesday.

    Clayton Donaldson and Lukas Jutkiewicz secured victory for the hosts after Gary Hooper had put the Owls in front.

    Birmingham's Lukas Jutkiewicz
  10. 'Great start by Koeman'

    Everton 3-1 Middlesbrough

    Ronny Goodlass

    Former Everton winger on BBC Radio Merseyside

    Everton move up to second in the table and it's a nice situation to be in. It's a professional job.

    Everton are going to find it more difficult when the likes of Manchester City visit, but it's a great start by Ronald Koeman.

    Everton manager Ronald Koeman
  11. Post update

    FT: Everton 3-1 Middlesbrough

    That's four successive league wins now for Everton, who are second in the Premier League and two points behind leaders Manchester City.

    Of course the season is still in its infancy, but so far so good for new boss Ronald Koeman.

    It's a second defeat in a row for Middlesbrough, who took the lead at Goodison Park but never really recovered from two quick goals before half-time.

    Adam Clayton and Antonio Barragan
  12. FULL-TIME

    Everton 3-1 Middlesbrough

  13. SUBSTITUTION

    Everton 3-1 Middlesbrough

    Gareth Barry looks a bit perplexed as he's told he's being replaced.

    Perhaps Everton manager Ronald Koeman wanted to treat the veteran midfielder to a standing ovation on his 600th Premier League appearance. Tom Cleverley is on.

    Gareth Barry
  14. Post update

    Everton 3-1 Middlesbrough

    Simply playing out time now. Everton have been good value for their impending victory.

  15. SUBSTITUTION

    Everton 3-1 Middlesbrough

    Adam Forshaw gets a good round of applause from both sets of supporters as he comes off the field.

    The Middlesbrough midfielder began his career at Everton. Adam Clayton is on.

  16. Post update

    Everton 3-1 Middlesbrough

    It's been a much happier game for Ross Barkley, who was given the hook at half-time at Sunderland on Monday.

    Everton manager Ronald Koeman wanted Barkley to keep the ball better - well he's attempted 41 passes in the match so far and he's been successful with 37 of them.

    I'd say that's a decent ratio.

    Ross Barkley
  17. EFL latest

    Gary Hooper has put Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 up at Birmingham with 15 minutes to go.

    Follow the closing stages of that match with my colleague Gary Smee here.

  18. Post update

    Everton 3-1 Middlesbrough

    The game's starting to get stretched now. You attack, we attack, you attack, we attack.

    Stewart Downing gets space on the Middlesbrough right, on his favoured left foot, and sticks it straight down the throat of the goalkeeper.

    Stewart Downing
  19. Post update

    Everton 3-1 Middlesbrough

    Well, Alvaro Negredo hasn't given up on this game, that's for sure.

    The Middlesbrough striker flies into a headed challenge in the Everton box and then hustles Seamus Coleman out of play for a throw-in.

    Good stuff from the big Spaniard.