Everton kept up the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the northern division after thumping Newcastle United 5-2 this morning.
The Toffees had to come from 2-0 down to seal all three points on Tyneside.
Tom Davies pounced on a corner to start the comeback and Arlen Birch, who came off the bench, hit the equaliser with a stunning long range shot.
A few minutes later it was Birch who gave Everton the lead. He struck from close range.
Callum Connolly made it four and Delial Brewster finished the rout.
Everton coach Kevin Sheedy told their official club website: “Even when we were 2-0 down, I wasn’t overly concerned because we were in control.
“We continued to pass the ball around well and the lads’ work-rate was excellent.
“I’m really pleased with performances of the players coming into the group. We want a strong squad to select from and they’re all working hard to be involved.
Sheedy’s understudy and club legend Duncan Ferguson took up a role with the first-team earlier this week and Sheedy paid tribute to the former Blues frontman: “Duncan hasn’t been with us for the last two games, which is a shame in the sense that the lads produced two really good wins.
“It may have been difficult for the players getting used to not working with him, but they’ve been great.
“We all wish Duncan the very best of luck.”
Elsewhere, top of the southern division Fulham suffered defeat at the hands of West Ham United and Manchester United ran out 5-1 winners at home to Middlesbrough.
Newcastle 2-5 Everton, Stoke 1-2 Bolton, Wolves 0-1 Liverpool, Aston Villa 0-3 Chelsea, Fulham 0-2 West Ham, Leicester 1-0 WBA, Reading 2-1 Southampton, Man Utd 5-1 Middlesbrough.