KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Tim Howard and Everton had their way in their win over DeAndre Yedlin and Sunderland, while Brad Guzan and Aston Villa fell to their seventh straight loss to Tottenham.
Everton 6 - 2 Sunderland
The Toffees made up big time for last weekend's loss at Arsenal by putting six past a hapless Sunderland side at Goodison Park.
Tim Howard, who had received much criticism for his performance last week, remained in the good graces of head coach Roberto Martinez and started between the sticks for Everton. DeAndre Yedlin held on to his starting spot for Black Cats, playing 64 minutes.
The home side opened the scoring in the 19th minute when Aroune Kone lobbed the ball over to Gerard Deulofeu on the right and he made sure to finish his effort to give Everton the lead.
Everton extended their lead in the 31st minute when some one-two play from Kone and Romelu Lukaku allowed the Ivorian to blast his shot past Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.
It looked like Everton were going to have an easy time, but Sunderland would strike back just before halftime through Jermaine Defoe. Sebastian Coates would send a long ball up to the former Toronto FC man who flicked the ball past two Everton defenders before putting his shot past Howard.
Sunderland let the momentum of scoring that goal carry over to the second half when Steven Fletcher scored the equalizer in the 50th minute. The Scotsman would get his head on a cross from Patrick van Aanholt.
Despite pulling themselves back into the game, Sunderland's defense would let them down in the end and Everton would make them pay all the way to the final whistle.
Coates would gift Everton their third goal in the 55th minute as his foot would deflect a Deulofeu cross into his team's goal.
Lukaku got his name on the score sheet five minutes later as he ran onto an excellent through ball from Deulofeu, rounded Pantilimon and tucked the ball into the back of the net.
It was well-played game by the entire Everton team, but the moment belonged to Kone as he went on to bag a hat-trick, scoring two more goals in the 62nd and 76th minutes respectfully.
The emphatic win puts Everton in ninth place, while the Black Cats remain in the relegation zone in 19th place.
Tottenham 3 - 1 Aston Villa
New Aston Villa coach Remi Garde will have his work cut out for him when he takes charge of the team as they suffered another embarrassing lose to push them further down the relegation zone.
Mousa Dembele opened the scoring for Spurs three minutes into the first half. He did well to prevent his marker from pushing him off the ball and put his shot past Guzan.
Dele Alli made it 2-0 before halftime as he volleyed in a shot that Guzan had no chance of reaching.
Villa did find a lifeline in 79th minute when Jordan Ayew's effort from outside the box got past Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, but Harry Kane put the game out of reach in stoppage time as he took a pass from Erik Lamela and blasted it past Guzan.
The loss keeps Aston Villa rooted at the bottom of the standings.
Geoff Cameron was sidelined nursing a thigh injury as Stoke City's game against Newcastle United ended scoreless.
Charles Horton was a spectator on the Leeds United bench in their 2-0 loss to Blackburn Rovers.
Jonathan Spector had a rare spell on the bench as Birmingham City loss 2-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Tim Ream was a part of the three-man back line in Fulham's 4-1 win over Bristol City.
Duane Holmes made the bench for Huddersfield Town in their 2-1 loss to Burnley.
Eric Lichaj was on the bench in Nottingham Forest's 1-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday.
Danny Williams started in the midfield for Reading in their 1-1 tie with league leaders Brighton.
Gboly Ariyibi was a second half substitute in Chesterfield's 1-0 win over Fleetwood Town.
Zak Whitbread started in the center of defense for Shrewsbury Town in their 2-0 loss to Port Vale.