There were several notable statistics to come out of Everton’s 6-2 win over Sunderland on Sunday, with Arouna Kone bringing up a landmark.
The game was notable for Tim Howard, who was making his 400th appearance for Everton, and also Gareth Barry, who moved into outright third place in the list of all-time Premier League appearance makers, but there was another landmark surprisingly reached at Goodison Park as Arouna Kone scored the 300th Premier League goal of the season with his hat-trick goal, the eighth of an astonishing game.
There were more goals scored in this fixture (8) than the last five top-tier clashes between Everton and Sunderland combined (7).
Black Cats’ boss Sam Allardyce has lost each of his last seven Premier League games against Everton.
The last time that Everton scored 6+ goals in a Premier League game was also against Sunderland (7-1 in Nov 2007).
Sunderland have failed to keep a clean sheet in 11 of their last 12 Premier League matches.
Romelu Lukaku has been involved in seven goals in his last five PL appearances (four goals, three assists).
Arouna Kone became the fifth Ivorian to net a Premier League hat-trick (Dindane, Drogba, Kalou,Yaya Toure), more than any other African nation.
Kone’s hat-trick goal was the 300th scored in this season’s Premier League.
Jermain Defoe has scored in five of his last eight Premier League appearances at Goodison Park against Everton.
Indeed, Defoe has bagged more away goals at Goodison Park than at any other PL ground (5).
All 19 of Everton’s Premier League goals this season have been scored in open play.
Remarkably, considering Everton’s dominance of possession, Sunderland actually managed more shots than the hosts.
Allardyce is likely to be regretting his decision to switch to a back three for the game, but the Black Cats may well consider themselves slightly unfortunate to have lost so heavily having twice hit the post at 0-0 and then missing further late chances following the introduction of Duncan Watmore.
Shots: 15 – 17
Shots on target: 8 – 9
Shots from inside the box: 8 – 11
Corners: 6 – 1
Open-play crosses: 15 – 13
Duels won: 26 – 46
Possession: 68% – 32%
Pass accuracy: 90% – 78%
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