Everton maintained its push for European football next season with a resounding 3-1 win over Reading at Goodison Park.
Three fantastic goals from Marouane Fellaini, Steven Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas gave the Toffees a deserved 3-1 win after David Moyes’ side had lost its previous two league fixtures. Hal Robson-Kanu scored the visitors’ goal late on.
Reading has now lost eight of its last 10 on the road despite winning the previous meeting of the clubs 2-1 in November.
Tim Howard's consecutive run of Premier League appearances came to an end at 210, as an injury meant Jan Mucha got the start in goal for Everton.
Reading was almost in front after 19 minutes through Adam Le Fondre, as the striker hit the woodwork from just inside the box after a corner.
Kevin Mirallas very nearly scored one of the goals of the season just after the half hour mark, bursting forward from the halfway line before firing a right-footed shot from the edge of the area that Stuart Taylor somehow managed to save.
Fellaini put the hosts in front after 42 minutes, heading home from close range after a great right wing cross from Seamus Coleman.
Everton’s Belgian contingent of Fellaini and Mirallas both went close before Nikica Jelavic and Fellaini failed to convert during a frenzied scramble in the Reading penalty area.
Pienaar got Everton’s second after 58 minutes, collecting the ball on the halfway line from Fellaini before charging towards the Reading goal. The winger cut inside on his left foot at the edge of the area before unleashing an unstoppable strike into the top left corner of the goal to make it 2-0.
It was almost three for the Toffees a few minutes later when Mirallas’ tremendous close control in the area saw him drill past the far post where Fellaini was running in for a tap-in.
A terrific performance from Mirallas deserved a goal and the winger got it after 66 minutes, hooking the ball in at the near post after Pienaar’s through ball.
Robson-Kanu pulled one back for Reading late on with a close range header from Ian Harte’s cross before Victor Anichebe had an effort cleared off the line.
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