Everton boss Roberto Martinez thought his side put in “a complete performance” in their 3-1 win over champions Chelsea at Goodison Park.
Steven Naismith scored a hat-trick as Everton brushed aside Jose Mourinho’s men to claim their second Premier League win of the season on Saturday afternoon.
The Toffees looked hungrier in the first 25 minutes in the first half and then defended strongly from there on in.
The standout performance was by Naismith but recent Chelsea target John Stones was also highly impressive in the back line and manager Roberto Martinez paid tribute to both.
“It would have been all too easy for Naisy not to be ready and not to be happy to not be in starting XI, but he gave us a real example of focus, concentration and the real standard of this dressing room,” said Martinez.
“Sometimes you play against the champions and you can beat them, but you look at lucky breaks – but for 90 minutes we restricted Chelsea to two shots on target.
“Clearly John showed we couldn’t replace a player like John Stones at that stage. He has been heavily tested but we never had a doubt in the way he would perform and he never let the team down.
“He always trained and performed well and today he showed he is going to be a future England captain.
“We know we can play better but what you are looking at is a complete performance.”