Nikica Jelavic grabbed an encouraging brace to lead Everton to a 3-1 win over Blackburn at Ewood Park on Saturday.
Kevin Mirallas opened the scoring for the visitors with a deflected first-half strike but the day belonged to Jelavic, who netted twice in the second period to strengthen his claims for a first-team berth under Roberto Martinez.
The Croatian endured a disappointing 2012-13 campaign that saw him score just eight goals, but looked back to his best as he scored courtesy of a header and an emphatic finish in the box.
However, there was still time for Blackburn to grab a barely deserved consolation late on, with Scott Dann heading in from a corner to complete the scoring.
Martinez named a strong team for his side's third fixture of their 2013-14 pre-season campaign, with the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Steven Pienaar and Arouna Kone handed starts.
Gary Bowyer had also included several first-team regulars in his team, which made for an entertaining and competitive start to the game in which Chris Taylor and Ross Barkley went close for their respective sides.
And it would not take long for Mirallas to break the deadlock, with the Belgian's shot deflecting in to give the visitors the lead in the 24th minute.
Everton continued to dominate the remainder of the half but a Kone volley that struck the bar was the closest Martinez's men came to doubling their advantage.
The Spaniard made a host of changes at half-time with Jelavic among those entering the fray, and it would take just 10 minutes for the striker to reward the change when he met a corner at the front post to nod home.
After a period of few chances, he would then get his second goal of the day in the 78th minute, driving home after his initial effort was saved from close range.
Blackburn had been second best for much of the game at a sunny Ewood Park, but they got on the scoresheet in the dying moments as Dann stooped to head in Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner from a tight angle.
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