After two thoroughly depressing performances in the first two matches of Premiership play, Everton let loose on decidedly overmatched League One side Huddersfield Town, 5-1. The match kicked off the the third round of the Carling Cup for the Toffees.
Marouane Fellaini, Jack Rodwell, Louis Saha, Leon Osman and Jermaine Beckford each found the back of the net for the Blues and a John Heitinga own goal accounted for the lone Huddersfield score.
Fellaini opened up the scoring in the sixth minute with a header off a beautiful pass from first-year Everton player Magaye Gueye.
Seven minutes later, Rodwell unleashed one of his now trademark distance strikes with a 25+ yard effort to double the lead.
Heitinga put the game somewhat in doubt with six minutes remaining in the opening half. The Dutch international inadvertently scored off a rebound from the crossbar, cutting the deficit in half going into the break.
However, Rodwell earned a penalty four minutes out of halftime, and Beckford calmly finished for his first senior tally for Everton, effectively putting the match on ice.
Saha stretched the lead after subbing in with a nice strike in the 78th minute, a score set up by a Beckford pass.
Osman put the finishing touches on the victory with an 84th minute header.
The Toffees will now prepare to take on the enigma that is Aston Villa on Sunday.