Leon Osman’s superb 30-yard strike set 10-man Everton on the way to a deserved victory and all but ended Manchester City’s already-slim title chances.
The hosts had a Kevin Mirallas goal disallowed before Osman smashed home a fine curling effort before the break. City could not respond despite Steven Pienaar’s dismissal following a booking for a studs-up tackle on the hour.
The visitors had a strong penalty claim turned down late on but Everton sealed the win through Nikica Jelavic’s shot. Substitute Jelavic’s superb breakaway injury-time effort rounded off a perfect afternoon for the home side and manager David Moyes following a difficult week.
Last Saturday’s home humiliation against Wigan in the FA Cup and the uncertainty surrounding Moyes’s future was soon forgotten thanks to a memorable performance full of spirit, passion and quality.