Everton 6-2 Sunderland AFC
An Aroune Kone hat trick ensured Everton’s hammering over Sunderland leaving Sam Allardyces men still in the bottom three.
Gerard Deulofeu opened the scoring for Everton in the 19th minute and Aroune Kone got the second after some slack defending from Sunderland.
Jermaine Defoe got one back before half time for Sunderland and Sunderland drew level just after the break through Steven Fletcher.
Sebastian Coates own goal and a goal from Romelu Lukaku made it 4-2, and 2 goals from Kone made it six to the home side.
Allardyces men looked to win at goodison for the third year in a row and brought great confidence into the game after winning last week’s Wear-Tyne derby.
Sunderland started very well and hit the same post twice within 15 minutes from Patrick Van Aanholt and Adam Johnson efforts.
The black cats took a risk in their formation with a 3-5-2 from the start and that risk came to haunt them when a through ball from Kone was latched onto by Deulofeu to make it 1-0.
The second went in 15 minutes later when Kone worked his chance well on the edge of the box and finished past Sunderland keeper Costel Pantilimon.
Although 2-0 down, Sunderland fans still saw gaps in the Everton defence which could be exposed and this proved to be true when Defoe’s volley nestled into Tim Howards net.
People always say that scoring just before half time really boosts confidence going into the second half and Steven Fletchers header on the 50 minute mark proved this.
The game became even more stretched and the aging legs of certain Sunderland defenders aided Everton in scoring three in seven minutes.
At 5-2 the game looked gone and was certainly put to bed when Romelu Lukaku’s excellent cross was nodded home by Kone for his third.
Very disappointing for Sunderland fans after starting ever so well and then levelling just after half time.
Duncan Watmore’s performance when coming on in the 75th minute has to be highlighted, causing both Everton centre backs problems and creating chances for himself out of nothing, showing great enthusiasm even though the Black Cats were 6-2 down.
Disappointing for Sunderland who will now look to improve next week at home to Southampton.