A thoroughly deserved victory due to exceptional work rate and specifically, movement of the ball in the attacking third.
Without Cahill the Blues were more fluent as an attacking force, with the ball being moved quickly, culminating in Saha having his best game in an Everton shirt.
Equally, Donovan has proved to be an astute signing, exhibiting his versatility by playing left and at a pivotal moment of the game in a central position, confirming his international calibre.
It is a shame the Blues cannot keep him longer.
Osman and Pienaar looked so assured in a central role and it was a sublime finish from Bilyaletdinov. The best will come from him next season.
Importantly, my men of the match were Heitinga and Distin who were colossal at the back resulting in Rooney having an ineffectual game.
Everton are in touching distance of a top six place and to have a realistic chance of Europe need to beat the teams above and sustain this form to the end of the season.
Fundamentally, for certain away games I would like to see Neville in the centre of midfield for his combative qualities, with Heitinga at right-back with Sendoros/Yobo alongside Distin.