Everton started 2017 in superb fashion as three quick-fire second-half strikes secured a 3-0 Premier League victory over Ronald Koeman’s former club Southampton.
Koeman’s side were desperate to return to winning ways following their frustrating draw with lowly Hull City last time out, but it looked as though Claude Puel’s men would take a share of the spoils at Goodison Park.
However, though Jay Rodriguez and Nathan Redmond had gone close for Southampton, the hosts took a deserved lead through substitute Enner Valencia’s first Everton goal 73 minutes into a scrappy encounter.
And Southampton’s resilience swiftly crumbled, Leighton Baines slotting home from the penalty spot before Romelu Lukaku hammered in a thunderous third late on.
The defeat represents a third straight loss for Southampton, while Koeman can reflect on a job well done over the festive period with Everton having won three of their past five games.