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Kone's double delight for Everton

Everton 4-0 Yeovil

By Carl Markham

Published 24/08/2016

Two-timer: Kone's late strikes sealed a comfortable victory for Everton
Two-timer: Kone's late strikes sealed a comfortable victory for Everton

Aaron Lennon's first goal since March, captain for the night Ross Barkley's second of the season and two late strikes from Arouna Kone gave Everton a comfortable 4-0 win at home to Yeovil.

It was expected to be fairly straightforward against a side 79 places further down the leagues, but manager Ronald Koeman signalled his intent to do the job properly by handing full debuts to new signings Ashley Williams, who enjoyed the most comfortable of introductions to Goodison Park, and Yannick Bolasie.

Lukaku curled a shot wide after just 90 seconds, had a half-volley cleared off the line by Alex Lawless, fired wastefully wide at the near-post and poked one past goalkeeper Artur Krysiak but off the end of the pitch in the first half, and did not get any closer after the break.

Bolasie proved a handful on both flanks and had a penalty shout turned down after Bevis Mugabi's tackle, but the only move of real quality, in the 28th minute, left the League Two visitors chasing shadows.

A quick interchange of passes cut through Yeovil and McCarthy's pull-back from the byline was side-footed into an unguarded net by Lennon. It was the only really incisive move of the night as Everton were busy without being particularly penetrative until superior fitness began to tell in the final quarter.

It may have been one-way traffic but it was not until the cushion of a second goal was given to them by Barkley's 69th-minute free-kick that home fans could breathe easy and Kone, from the edge of the area and close range, gave the scoreline added gloss.

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