Everton maintained their 100% Premier League win record in Wales as they followed up last season’s 1-0 victory at the Liberty Stadium with a 3-0 thrashing of Swansea City at lunchtime today.
David Moyes’ side took the game to the home side from the off and had more than one chance in the opening three minutes to take the lead.
Nikica Jelavic was missing with a knee injury picked up on Monday night and Everton were certainly missing him in the first 20 minutes with his replacement Victor Anichebe proving wasteful. The Nigerian striker is in his eight season with the Toffees and off the back of his best ever season when he scored 5 goals in 2011/12.
Victor Anichebe got himself into a number of good positions but his finishing was letting him down. That was until the 22nd minute when he fired him from inside the 6 yard box. The move saw Marouane Fellaini clearly playing the ball with his arm to setup his team mate. Prior to that, Ashley Williams misjudged the ball into the box that allowed the Belgian target man to chest the ball down.
Ashley Williams has had a real shaky start to the season and was arguably at fault for the opening goal today, to add to his tally already this season which included playing Steven Fletcher in one-on-one a fortnight ago. Whether he has personal issues or is missing last season’s central partner Steven Caulker, the Welsh centre back has made a horrible start.
Swansea City started to get into the game after the half hour mark, pressing for an equaliser before half time. Michael Laudrup’s side were however caught out on an excellent counter attack. Phil Neville kept the ball in play near his own corner flag, passing to Fellaini who played Steven Pienaar away down the right wing. His cross was met by Kevin Mirallas who’s first effort was tipped onto the underside of the bar by Michel Vorm before the forward followed up with a close range header into the empty net.
Everton deserved the 3 points and they were sealed 12 minutes into the second half when half-time substitute Nathan Dyer was sent off for collecting two quick yellow cards. Marouane Fellaini added a 3rd in the final 10 minutes when he headed home Leighton Baines’ free kick.
Everton have made a rare, fantastic start to their season, picking up 10 points from 5 games, which puts them second only to Chelsea ahead of the remaining 9 Premier League games of this weekend. They’re a genuine contender for a top 6 finish and yes I do believe they will finish above Liverpool.
Marouane Fellaini put in a man of the match performance, scoring 1 goal, creating 5 chances for team mates in which 1 lead to an assist and defensively he made a block inside his own 6 yard box to deny Swansea.
Victor Anichebe scored 1 goal from his 10 shots, but other than his poor finishing he played well in holding the ball up and getting into threatening positions. He was caught offside 3 times.
After a trip to Leeds in the League Cup on Tuesday night, Everton will host Southampton in their next Premier League game, followed up by trips to Wigan Athletic and Queens Park Rangers; a great opportunity for David Moyes and his side to maintain their excellent start.