FT: Swansea 0 – 3 Everton (Anichebe (22), Mirallas (43), Fellaini (82))
Swansea hosted an Everton side who seem to have their eyes fixated on a European Qualifying position this season. Everton came into the game knowing that they are undefeated against the Swans in all 15 fixtures between the two sides, winning eleven and drawing four and that record was extended today. Anichebe, who dominated the Swansea defensive in the first half, scored the first goal after Fellaini bullied his was through the Swansea defence. Everton’s 2nd came before the end of the 1st half, with Mirallas getting on the end of a brilliant Steven Pienaar pass. Nathan Dyer, who came on for Hernandez at half time, was sent off at the 57 minute mark after picking up 2 yellow cards, despite being on the pitch for 12 minutes. At the 82 minute mark, Fellaini’s hair scored Everton’s third and final goal of the match.
1. Everton Extend Their Record Against Swansea
Playing away from home is always a tough task, regardless of what team you are. Everton entered the game with an impressive record to flaunt against Swansea: 11 wins, 4 draws, 0 defeats against the Swans. This record was extended to 12 wins, 4 draws, 0 defeats after a dominant performance by the Toffees. Swansea tried to fight back towards the end of the 1st half, but were again outplayed in the 2nd half. The crowd were even singing: ”We’re going to win the League” during the closing 10 minutes of the game. David Moyes will be happy with 10 points from 5 games and will be looking to continue this good run in order to challenge top teams for a place in Europe.
2. 7,000 League Goals
Everybody loves milestones. Mirallas’ goal in the 2nd half will now be documented as Everton’s 7,000th League Goal. The 6,000th goal was scored by Mark Ward in a 2-1 victory against Southampton in the 1992 New Year’s Day game.
3. Anichebe And Fellaini Combo
Fellaini’s tall frame, as well as his excellent trademark afro, makes him a problem for many teams he faces. His aerial dominance was utilised brilliantly today, as he headed home Everton’s 3rd goal of the game. He also linked up brilliantly with fellow teammate and Nigerian international Victor Anichebe. Together, these two well built characters bullied the Swansea defence as if they were in the playground. Fellaini set up the first goal for Anichebe in the first half. They also had numerous opportunities to extent their lead in the 2nd half, the most notable was at the 65 minute mark with a tantalising pass by Anichebe was just missed by the Afro Wielding Bully. One thing is for certain: Moyes will be deploying these two together again in many more games to come.
4. No Plan B For Swansea
Many may argue that Swansea’s “Plan A” was not turning up against Everton. The Swans were out-passed, out-muscled and out-played by their guests and were extremely lucky to to concede more than 3 goals as Everton made The Swans look like ducklings. After coming off of the back of a disappointing performance against Birmingham based Aston Villa, Swansea needed a decent performance against The Toffees, but this simply did not occur. Playing with 10 men for around 33 minutes, there was no chance that the home side would have made a comeback. In short, Everton deserved to win.