What a game! The momentum went back and forth a couple of times this game, but in the end Everton prevailed 6-2 over Sunderland.
After a poor start for the Blues at home when Sunderland twice hit the post and fans were preparing to see the inevitable goal for the away side, Arouna Kone sent a seeing-eye diagonal that found Gerard Deulofeu, who nutmegged Costel Pantilimon via a deflection. On the half-hour mark, Kone played a neat give-and-go with Romelu Lukaku and then hammered in the top corner. 2-0 and the game looked over.
However, Sunderland shook themselves off and then pulled one back right at the halftime whistle with an excellent goal from Jermaine Defoe. Ramiro Funes Mori and John Stones are yet to build a rapport and it showed on the goal again too.
It was a nervous start to the second half at Goodison Park and uninevitably (again) the visitors knotted the game at two with Steven Fletcher rising above Funes Mori to head home, with Tim Howard rooted to the spot.
However, this game had little in terms of defence, and with Sunderland missing their top-choice centerhalf pairing and playing three across the back, there was tons of room for Ross Barkley to direct the Kone-Lukaku-Deulofeu arrowhead in front of him.
Everton then blew off the barn doors with four goals in twenty minutes to seal the three points. Former Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates got his foot in ahead of Lukaku's head to a swinging Deulofeu cross and scored an own goal. Then Deulofeu sent Lukaku haring through on goal to round Pantilimon and score.
The Kone show continued with a shot hammered home from the left corner of six-yard box, before the hattrick goal arrived via a fantastic cross from Lukaku that the Ivorian happily headed in. Game over.
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Sunderland were on the wrong end of a 7-1 hiding a few years ago at Goodison too. On a day when emotions ran heavy with Remembrance Sunday ceremonies and the late Howard Kendall's family presented with flowers at halftime, Everton obliged with a top-drawer attacking performance that captured the mood of the 'School of Science'.