SWANSEA, Wales (AFP)
Everton swept into second place in the Premier League with an
impressive 3-0 victory over 10-man Swansea on Saturday.
David Moyes' side surged into a two-goal lead at the Liberty
Stadium thanks to first half strikes from Victor Anichebe and
Swansea's hopes of avoiding a second successive defeat were in
tatters when substitute Nathan Dyer, who had only been on the
pitch for 12 minutes, was sent off in the second half.
Marouane Fellaini put the result beyond doubt with a late goal
and Everton's third win of the league campaign moved the Toffees
level on points with leaders Chelsea, although they are likely to
surrender that lofty position by Sunday evening.
Swansea had handed a full debut to Spanish midfielder Pablo
Hernandez, the club's record signing from Valencia, while
Anichebe replaced injured Croatia striker Nikica Jelavic for
After the disappointment of squandering the lead in Monday's draw
against Newcastle, Everton looked determined to make amends in
south Wales and the visitors opened the scoring in controversial
fashion in the 21st minute.
Fellaini beat Alan Tate to a high ball and the Belgian
midfielder's flick, which appeared to come off his elbow, reached
Anichebe, who fired home to claim his second goal of the week.
Everton doubled their lead in the 43rd minute when Mirallas ended
his wait for a first Premier League goal since his Â£6 million
move from Olympiakos on transfer deadline day last month.
Steven Pienaar unhinged the Swansea defence with a burst down the
right flank and his low cross found Mirallas, whose initial shot
was touched on to the bar by Michel Vorm before the Belgian
striker reacted quickest to nod the rebound over the line.
Michael Laudrup's side were being carved open time and again and
Mirallas's second half shot was pushed onto the bar by Vorm, who
then scrambled to block Anichebe's effort from the rebound.
There was no way back for Swansea after Dyer's foolish 57th
The winger, who replaced Hernandez at half-time, had already been
booked for dissent when he launched into a rash challenge on
Leighton Baines, giving referee Anthony Taylor no choice but to
show a second yellow card.
Everton kept pressing for more goals and Fellaini's effort was
cleared off the line by Leon Britton.
But Fellaini sealed the points in the 82nd minute as his header
from Baines' free-kick took a deflection off Ashley Williams and
flashed past Vorm.