Everton extended their unbeaten Premier League run to nine games with a comfortable 2-0 victory over former boss David Moyes’ Sunderland on Saturday.
The Toffees were looking to close the gap on sixth place Manchester United due to their participation in the League Cup final, and they did just that thanks to goals from Idrissa Gueye and Romelu Lukaku.
It means that Ronald Koeman’s men have won six of their last nine league matches, and haven’t tasted defeat in the league since their last-gasp 1-0 defeat to Merseyside rivals Liverpool on December 19.
Saturday’s victory, their 12th of the campaign, keeps the Toffees seventh in the Premier League table, although they are now just four points behind Jose Mourinho’s United in sixth, and should the Red Devils finish in the top five this term, sixth place would then become a Europa League spot.
That will surely be the incentive for Koeman and his men over the coming months, although some of his players will have more important things to play for – their futures.
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