Premier League: Everton 4 Sunderland 0
Everton extended their unbeaten run to five matches with a 4-0 English Premier League win over Sunderland at Goodison Park on Monday.
Magaye Gueye put Everton ahead with a blasted effort from close range, before Stephen Pienaar and Leon Osman scored two impressive goals within a minute of one other.
Substitute Victor Anichebe's deflected effort sealed a victory which extends Everton's unbeaten run over Sunderland to 18 matches in all competitions.
Everton enjoyed the majority of the possession in the opening minutes as both sides looked for a foothold early on, but chances were rare.
The hosts had an excellent chance to go in front after 20 minutes when Pienaar exchanged passes with Gueye, but the former got underneath the shot and the ball flew well over the bar.
Marouane Fellaini was next to have an attempt for Everton, drilling a 25-yard effort which whistled wide of Simon Mignolet's left-hand post.
Everton's dominance continued.
A Phil Neville cross from the left almost found Pienaar in the box, but the visitors were able to clear their lines.
Osman then played a chipped pass to Fellaini who was in space in the area, but he attempted a first-time volley which sliced well wide.
Against the run of play, Sunderland nearly went ahead in spectacular fashion five minutes before the break.
Phil Bardsley darted down the right wing and whipped in a cross toward Stephane Sessegnon, who was unmarked, and the Benin international attempted a bicycle kick which Howard could only watch as it flew just wide.
Sunderland had a rare opening of their own as James Vaughan worked the ball wide to James McClean, who did well to step inside Tony Hibbert, but he tried a difficult effort from a tight angle, shooting well wide when a cross looked a better option.
The second half started with more Everton possession, and Denis Stracqualursi was able to fend off a challenge to rise and meet another Neville cross, but his tame header was easily collected by Mignolet.
Phil Jagielka then met a corner at the near post, flashing a header wide of goal as Sunderland struggled to get out of their half.
Everton's dominance finally paid off seven minutes into the second half, as the opening goal finally arrived from a corner.
Pieneaar nodded a header back to Osman, whose first-time effort was parried by Mignolet.
But the ball fell kindly to Gueye, who blasted a left-footed shot into the net to break the deadlock.
McFadden had a real chance to double Everton's lead moments later, as he skipped past a Matthew Kilgallon challenge to move into the area, but the angle was closed down by Mignolet.
Everton were in complete control as the game moved past the hour mark, with Pienaar and Fellaini once again exchanging passes before Fellaini drove a 20-yard effort over the bar.
On 75 minutes it was 2-0.
Gueye received the ball on the edge of the area and squared to Pienaar, who rolled the ball from under his feet to bend a superb shot into the right-hand corner of the net.
The points were sealed a minute later when Osman received a long ball on the edge of the area, and cut inside to score with a wonderful curling strike.
Everton soon added gloss to the score-line with a fourth.
The excellent Pienaar escaped two challenges on the right-hand flank and pulled back to substitute Anichebe, whose strike was going wide before it deflected off Jack Colback to wrong-foot Mignolet and fly into the net.
Royston Drenthe nearly got in on the act himself with a curling free-kick which drifted over, but the game was well won already as Everton cruised to a comfortable victory.