Stoke City 2 Everton 0

Stoke made it three wins in three after a routine 2-0 victory against a below par Everton side.

Goals in either half from a Victor Moses header and a Mame Diouf tap-in lift Stoke to eighth in the Premier League table while Everton remained 14th.

It didn’t get off to the best of starts for the Potters. On-loan central defender Philip Wollscheid was forced off just after 20 minutes and was replaced by Geoff Cameron.

The breakthrough came in the 32nd minute when a pin-point Phil Bardsley cross was met by Victor Moses whose powerful header beat Tim Howard.

Everton were restricted to shots from distance and just before the break Aaron Lennon, who turned Stoke down for Everton, failed to beat Asmir Begovic at his near-post.

The Toffees made a double switch when Arouna Kone and Leon Osman replaced Gareth Barry and Aaron Lennon however both failed to make an impact on the game.

As Everton pushed on trying to find the equaliser Stoke were able to counter with substitutes Marko Arnautovic and Mame Diouf.

The formers strike rattled the woodwork with Howard beaten before falling to Diouf to tap-in to ease the Potters supporters nerves.

Everton searched for a consolation but only came close in stoppage time when Luke Garbutt tried to catch Begovic out at his near post from a free-kick however the Bosnian was aware and tipped it away for a corner.

This was quite a surprisingly comfortable win for the Potters who continue on their fine form in 2015 while Everton continue to struggle.

Stoke: Begovic, Bardsley, Wollscheid (Cameron), Wilson, Pieters, Whelan, N’Zonzi, Moses, Adam (Arnautovic), Walters, Crouch (Diouf).

Everton: Howard, Garbutt, Jagielka, Stones, Coleman, Gibson, McCarthy, Barry (Osman), Lennon (Kone), Naismith (Mirallas), Lukaku.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

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