The visitors took the lead in controversial fashion as Alvaro Negredo knocked into goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg who was attempting to collect a Stewart Downing cross. The Spanish striker did not connect with the ball, but he forced the stopper to spill it into his own net.
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Everton were flying now, and Seamus Coleman finished off a great move by turning the scoreline on its head on 42 minutes.
And there was time for another before the break as Yannick Bolasie’s cross evaded everyone but a lunging Romelu Lukau who got the slightest of touches before the ball bounced into the net and conclude the scoring.
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Facts, stats, goals and lols
- Seamus Coleman's goal was his first at Goodison since October 2014. The Irishman has scored four on his travels since then.
- Everton scored six goals in the space of 90 minutes after going three up by half-time after scoring three at Sunderland in the second half.
- Gaston Ramirez had a point to prove to Ronaldo Koeman. He only played four times in two seasons for the Dutchman at Southampton.
- Boro's Antonio Barragan only made one senior appearance for Liverpool but it was historic. He came on as sub in a European game and became their youngest-ever player
- Adam Forshaw spent his childhood days at Everton but never made a first-team appearance for the Goodison club.
- The Toffees paid a rousing tribute to fan Derek Acker in the 31st minute. He sadly died at a recent home game.
- Enner Valencia came on for his Everton and revealed he did not know his move was on until an hour before deadline.
- Gareth Barry's goal was his second of the season, a big improvement on past form when he managed just three in 120 appearances.
- Middlesbrough coach Aitor Karanka had FIVE Spaniards in their starting line-up and one more on the bench.
- Idrissa Gana Gueye is the only Everton outfield player to have been on the pitch for every minute so far
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Everton: Stekelenburg 5, Coleman 8, Williams 7, Jagielka 6, Baines 7, Gueye 8, Barry 7 (Cleverley 90), Mirallas 6 (Deulofeu 72, 6), Bolasie 7, Barkley 7, Lukaku 7 (Valencia 66, 6)
Subs not used: Robles, Funes Mori, Holgate, Lennon
Goals: Barry 24, Coleman 42, Lukaku 45
Booked: Stekelenburg, Barry
Middlesbrough: Valdes 5, Barragan 6, Ayala 6, Gibson 6, Friend 7, De Roon 6, Forshaw 6 (Clayton 84, 5), Ramirez 6 (Fischer 70, 6), Downing 6, Nsue 6 (Nugent 59, 6), Negredo 6
Subs not used: Guzan, Chambers, Traore, Espinoza,
Goals: Steklenburg own goal 21
STAR MAN: Seamus Coleman 8
What they said
Everton boss Ronald Koeman: “It was not a bad day. The start was not good.
“We needed the mistake of the referee and go one nil down as after that we had that reaction – more aggressive and good football.
“We turned around the result before half time and how we controlled the game in the second half was outstanding.”
Everton midfielder Gareth Barry: “It’s a fantastic start to the season and that’s four wins in a row.
“It’s great to get a goal and it made it an even more memorable day.”
Boro boss Aitor Karanka: “I'm proud of the players. Other teams would have lost that game five, six, or 7-1.
“We started really well and when you score it is really good, but today it wasn't for us as they were encouraged and started to play.
“We were a little bit lost in the last 15 minutes of the first half.”