Victor Moses and Mame Biram Diouf were both on target as Stoke City made it three Premier League victories in a row with a 2-0 home victory over Everton.
Mark Hughes’ side were good value for their success at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday and rarely looked in trouble against Roberto Martinez’s men, who continue to struggle in domestic action after a five-game winless league streak yet have progressed well in the UEFA Europa League.
Moses struck in the first half when he out-jumped Phil Jagielka and John Stones to head past Tim Howard, with substitute Diouf wrapping up the points when he netted with seven minutes to go.
Everton’s best chance fellow to second-half substitute Arouna Kone, but his shot was beaten away by Asmir Begovic.
Stoke were without midfielder Stephen Ireland, who suffered a gashed calf in the 1-0 win over Hull City on Saturday, while Peter Crouch’s reward for coming off the bench to score the only goal in that game was a starting berth.
Everton midfielder Darron Gibson made his first Premier League start since May 2013 following his recovery from a knee injury and defender Leighton Baines failed a fitness test on a quad injury, so Luke Garbutt continued at left-back.