Ivorian star Arouna Kone was the star of the eight goals thriller at the Goodison Park as he pooped up with a classy hat-trick to help Everton to a comprehensive 6-2 win against Sunderland and his display has earned him praise from his manager Roberto Martinez.
The Black Cats came into the match on a high after beating Newcastle United 3-0 the previous weekend and immediately showed that confidence hitting the post twice but it was the home side that took the lead as former Barcelona player Gerard Deulofeu opened scoring before Kone finished a pass from Romelu Lukaku to make it 2-0.
Jermain Defoe and Steven Fletcher scored in either side of the break to bring scores to 2-2 but that only spurred the Toffees to action as they hammered four more goals past the helpless Costel Pantilimon in goal for Sunderland with the Ivorian helping himself to two more goals to complete his hat-trick while the other came from Lukaku and an own goal from Sebastian Coates.
“Our attacking play was exceptional. Sunderland came here to be difficult to breakdown. The way we did it was impressive,” he told reporters.
Martinez added: “You have to believe you can be important to a football club and Arouna has always had that self-belief. His attitude has been excellent. Today is Aruna’s most impressive, complete 90 minutes. It was a phenomenal day for him”
Everton have 16 points after eleven matches and currently placed ninth on the Premier League log.