Everton eased to a 3-0 win over a lackluster Newcastle United side at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Wednesday evening.
- Everton 3 Newcastle 0
- Lennon nets opener
- Lukaku off injured at half time
- Aarons gives away penalty
- Barkley nets from the spot
Everton were dominant in the first half and deservedly headed into the interval with a goal advantage after Aaron Lennon had opened the scoring.
Newcastle struggled to create much at all, but missed a gilt-edged chance in the second half and were punished for it when Ross Barkley scored a penalty late on.
Everton threatened right from the off and Tom Cleverly forced a terrific save from Rob Elliot after some nice combination play between Barkley and Romelu Lukaku.
Lukaku then fired over the bar with a free-kick, just moments before Lennon opened the scoring, firing into the back of the net after a delightful turn on the edge of the box.
The Toon were having trouble dealing with the attacking play from Everton and their first effort was a sighter from Jonjo Shelvey from 25-yards, which was easily blocked.
Barkley then looped a lobbed effort over the bar after Elliot had rushed off his line to head a ball clear of danger.
Lennon was then found unmarked in the area by Seamus Coleman on the cusp of half-time, but his scuffed effort was well blocked.
Seven minutes into the second half, Lennon saw an effort saved before Arouna Kone blazed over the bar from the rebound.
The Toffees then struck the woodwork three times in quick succession, Elliot tipping a Barkley shot, a deflected cross and a Cleverly effort onto the post in the space of three minutes.
Newcastle really should have levelled the scores with their first real effort of the game when Aleksandar Mitrovic was found unmarked in the box, but the striker somehow managed to fire wide with the volley.
Everton wrapped up the points with two minutes remaining, Barkley converting from the spot after Lennon was brought down by Rolando Aarons in the box.
Barkley then added further gloss to the scoreline with a second penalty in the fourth minute of added time after Jamaal Lascelles was sent off for a trip on the England international in the area.