Following their controversial draw with Newcastle on Monday evening David Moyes’ men proved their Champions League credentials in South Wales, outplaying the Swans in their own backyard to go level at the top with Chelsea.
It was a throughly forgettable afternoon for Michael Laudrup who watched his side struggle to contain the Toffees’ vibrant attack, especially after Nathan Dyer was sent off for two bookable offences just 12 minutes after coming on as a substitute.
The Toffees had sent several warning shots across the bow prior to taking a deserved, albeit controversial, lead through Victor Anichebe after 21 minutes. A ball into the Swansea area was capitalised on by Marouane Fellaini before appearing to use his arm to poke the ball towards Anichebe, who volleyed passed Michael Vorm.
It certainly proved to be a wake up call for the home side with Michu heading over from a corner and Ki Sung Yueng, making his full debut for the club, curling wide from 25-yards. Any hopes of a comeback were shot two minutes before half time as Kevin Mirallas put the finishing touches to a flowing Everton counter attack, nodding home from close range after Vorm had tipped his initial strike from Steven Pienaar’s measured pass onto the crossbar.
Angel Rangel then squandered two gilt edged chances to reduce the deficit on the stroke of half time before Dyer summed up a frustrating day for the Swans as he was sent for an early bath. Everton continued to threaten, Fellaini blazing over from close range before making amends eight minutes from time with a deflected header from Leighton Baines’ left wing free kick to seal the win.