Everton vs. Sunderland: Premier League Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Despite going up in the dying moments of the first half, Sunderland's hopes of a rare win at Goodison were dashed following a second half turnaround by the hosts.
Marouane Fellaini proved to be orchestrator supreme for David Moyes' side, scoring himself before setting up Nikica Jelavic a minute later.
The three points ensures that Everton remain amongst the top four of the English top flight, whereas the disappointment continues for the unfortunate Black Cats.
Everton Starting XI: Howard; Coleman, Baines, Heitinga, Jagielka; Mirallas, Pienaar, Osman, Neville, Fellaini; Jelavic
Everton Subs: Mucha, Oviedo, Naismith, Distin, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Vellios
Scorers: Fellaini (76'), Jelavic (78')
Sunderland Starting XI: Mignolet; Gardner, Rose, Cuellar, O'Shea (c); Larsson, Colback; McClean, Johnson Sessegnon; Fletcher
Sunderland Subs: Westwood, Bramble, Kilgallon, Saha, Wickham, McFadden
Lee Mason signals for the end of the game and for the second season in a row, Everton enact a second half burst against Sunderland to claim all three points against the Black Cats at Goodison Park.
Martin O'Neill can take plenty of positives from what was, at times, a very encouraging performance for the north-east outfit.
That being said, a loss is a loss and no matter how encouraging, points are the only thing that bring you success and Sunderland remain just a couple of places off the Premier League's relegation places.
90'+5—EVE 2-1 SUN
Martin O'Neill is in disbelief after Danny Rose is blocked off by two Everton players, only to see the hosts be given the free kick instead.
Rose is given a caution for his troubles, but I'm as confused as he is.
90'+4—EVE 2-1 SUN
The latest Sunderland man to succumb to the Everton calmness is David Vaughan who clatters his mistimed challenge against the legs of Leighton Baines.
Just a minute left..
90'+3—EVE 2-1 SUN
Everton are smartly passing the ball around their midfield, welcoming the frustrated fouls of their opposition.
The three points look likely to remain at Goodison.
90'+1—EVE 2-1 SUN
Sunderland get the rub of the green and it's announced the Black Cats will have five minutes of extra time to salvage something at Goodison Park.
90'—EVE 2-1 SUN
That last tweet showing exactly who Jonathan Wilson might prefer as managerial choice should Martin O'Neill see the exit sign..
Martin O'Neill also exhausts his resources, bring Connor Wickham on for Jack Colback.
The youngster has only a handful of minutes to make the difference.
I remain broadly pro-O'Neill, but given how fed up Bielsa sounds at Athletic, could we, maybe, you know....?— Jonathan Wilson (@jonawils) November 10, 2012
David Moyes uses his third and final substitution, taking Nikica Jelavic off so that Thomas Hitzelsperger, signed by Everton on a short-term deal, can come on.
86'—EVE 2-1 SUN
Having done his bit up top, Marouane Fellaini now looks focused on preserving the three points and is back in his own area, repelling any aerial probes from the visitors.
Unselfish amount of work being put in by the Everton talisman.
Sunderland goalscorer, Adam Johnson, has made way for David Vaughan, shaking his head in disbelief that his side have let this match slip.
You just can't make this stuff up.
A minute after scoring himself, Marouane Fellaini, with his back to goal, nonchalantly backheels the ball into the path of Nikica Jelavic who's through on goal with Simon Mignolet.
Jelavic then rounds the Sunderland stopper with ease to score his fifth goal of the campaign, sending Goodison into sheer delirium.
You just cannot keep this Toffees side down.
Who else can play the role of Everton hero better than Marouane Fellaini at the moment? Answer: nobody.
Seamus Coleman shifts the ball infield to Steven Naismith, who passes to Fellaini on the edge of the area.
In the coolest manner possible, the Belgian taps the ball a yard ahead of himself, before firing home from 19 yards out, nutmegging John O'Shea in the process.
David Moyes goes for a throw of the dice and puts Apostolos Vellios on in place of Phil Neville.
A striker on for a midfielder. Moyes isn't happy that his side are a goal down here.
Those Steven Fletcher niggles are enough for Martin O'Neill to take the initiative and take off his star striker in place of Louis Saha.
69'—YELLOW CARD (Gardner)
Sunderland level it up in terms of bookings as Craig Gardner is deemed to have blocked off Leighton Baines just outside his own area.
67'—EVE 0-1 SUN
Lee Mason comes to Everton's rescue after he decides that James McClean's challenge to take the ball away from Phil Jagielka was a high foot.
If he got away there, Sunderland would have had an overlap on Tim Howard's goal.
Big let-off for Jagielka, who has been sensational for the Toffees so far in the season.
64'—EVE 0-1 SUN
The last time Everton failed to score at home came seven months ago in a 1-0 loss to Arsenal at Goodison Park.
Can Sunderland hold on and recreate the scoreline?
61'—EVE 0-1 SUN
Whether as a result of that Heitinga yellow card or otherwise, Everton have just taken their foot off the gas these last few minutes and are welcoming a stretch of Sunderland pressure.
The Black Cats are flooding their box somewhat but are allowing Sessegnon and Fletcher to remain up front in the hopes of countering.
58'—YELLOW CARD (Heitinga)
Despite the fiery disposition of the game, Heitinga's late challenge on Steven Fletcher warrants the first caution of the game just over ten minutes into the second half.
53'—EVE 0-1 SUN
Sunderland fans can once again begin to worry as Steven Fletcher crumples to the floor as a result of an aerial challenge with Heitinga.
Both players seem genuine in their attempts but the Dutch defender's foot looked a tad to high, it must be said.
Connor Wickham and Louis Saha would be the options on the bench as Fletcher moves to the side of the pitch in preparation to come back on.
50'—OFF THE LINE!!
Johnny Heitinga gets a second effort on goal in as many minutes as he heads towards Mignolet's goal from a Steven Pienaar corner.
However, after making the difference at the opposite end, Adam Johnson is on hand to clear off the post.
The definition of a well-rounded performance from Johnson so far, you could say.
47'—EVE 0-1 SUN
Everton aren't waiting for this fixture to come back to them and have staged an early chain of chances in this second period.
Johnny Heitinga fires the ball into a group of Sunderland players and the ricocheting effort results in a flurry of hand-ball shouts, which deservedly come to nout.
Sunderland get things back underway..
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