It was a day to forget for Stoke City as they were beaten 3-0 by an excellent Everton at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
- Stoke City 0 Everton 3
- Lukaku nets from the spot
- Coleman heads home second
- Lennon seals result before HT
- Stoke left to rue hapless defending
It was a fast and furious start from Everton and they took full advantage of a shambolic Stoke defence to race into a 3-0 lead through Romelu Lukaku, Seamus Coleman and Aaron Lennon.
The second half failed to deliver the same excitement and chances were few and far between. Everton did threaten once or twice, with the excellence of Jack Butland keeping the score at 3-0.
Everton wasted no time taking the lead, Lukaku slotting home from the spot in the fifth minute after Tom Cleverly had been brought down in the area by Stoke stopper Jack Butland.
The Toffees doubled the advantage in the 27th minute, Coleman rising highest to nod home past Butland from a neat Cleverly corner.
Stoke's defence was all over the place and Everton took full advantage, pulling even further ahead in the 41st minute when Lennon intercepted a Philipp Wollscheid pass before wrong-footing Butland and firing home.
The second half failed to quite live up to the excitement of the first and chances for either side were at a premium.
Stoke started the half well, though and there were half-chances for Xherdan Shaqiri and Mame Biram Diouf.
Everton, though, came close to adding a fourth in the 58th minute when Lukaku saw a header, from a Ross Barkley cross, sensationally tipped onto the cross bar by Butland.
In a rare Stoke chance, Glen Johnson charged up the pitch, before cutting inside and having a fierce effort tipped wide by Joel Robles.
Just moments after his introduction, Arouna Kone broke clean through on goal, only to be denied by Butland at the last.
There was one late chance for Stoke as Stephen Ireland fired over the bar from the centre of the box after a cutback from the byline.