A virtual bystander as his side dominated possession.
Marshaled the inventive McClean brilliantly.
Had little to deal with aerially against the diminutive Sessegnon but kept the forward quiet on the deck.
Rarely tested by a Sunderland front line lacking physical presence.
Everton's creative spark and how the club could miss him during Saturday's FA Cup semifinal. At the heart of most of the Toffees' attacking output and scored a goal of the utmost quality, curling to the far corner.
Helped out massively by the dominant Fellaini. Had to curb his attacking instinct at times which damaged his output but took his goal absolutely brilliantly.
One of few good performances in a tight first half. Held the midfield together alongside Leon Osman, who is less experienced in taking the responsibility of two in the center. Won everything in the air and passed well.
Did a job for his team at left back. Uncomfortable on his wrong foot but still helped out by getting forward.
The limited forward gave a performance in stark contrast to the brilliant Jelavic just two days ago. Often struggled to get his head up.
Saw more of the ball than most of his teammates in the first half and was part of the reason they struggled to retain it.
Sloppy in possession on several occasions but did well to smash home through a crowd of players after Mignolet's impressive stop on the line.
Rarely tested in truth until he made a fantastic save from Osman only to see Gueye bury the rebound. Saw his side fall apart in front of him in the second half.
Made some good blocks as Sunderland held out but saw it all go to waste as the Toffees turned the screw late on.
Part of a disciplined back line in the first half but was poor in the second as the Mackems struggled.
Back at the ground where he scored impressively in the FA Cup, the full back didn't have a great afternoon in either sense. Pulled off for Richardson as Martin O'Neill looked for more cutting edge.
Tried hard but could not beat the experienced Hibbert. Looks almost too one-footed on occasion.
Given an incredibly difficult task in a lone striking role which does not suit his build or style of play.
In an unusual left-back role but did not look worried until the second half. Moved to midfield just as the Mackems fell apart.
- 15 D. Vaughan
Contributed very little both in the middle and from right back. Not his best performance under O'Neill.
Got his customary yellow card before being taken off as the visitors chased an equalizer. The Black Cats may feel they missed his bite in the middle as they went on to concede three further goals.
Added very little creatively after some impressive recent performances.
- 1 J. Mucha
Had little impact as a late sub to rest Neville who will surely start in the FA Cup semifinal.
- 15 S. Distin
- 34 S. Duffy
The spark the Toffees needed as they cut loose in the second half. Involved in much of the impressive build up after his introduction.
- 4 D. Gibson
Mishit his first effort at goal but did brilliantly to swivel and force the second in. Will struggle to shed his 'super-sub' tag if he keeps scoring goals like this, not that his manager will mind.
- 20 K. Westwood
- 25 S. Kyrgiakos
- 3 W. Bridge
Almost provided an equalizer with a back post cross which Larsson kept in play brilliantly but then saw his side fall apart in the face of Everton pressure.
- 18 D. Meyler
Saw little of the ball as a late sub.
Did little of note bar being flagged offside as the visitors crumbled when an equalizer had at one point looked likely.