Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s double saw off Newcastle at St James’ Park to make it two wins from two for Carlo Ancelotti at the start of his tenure at Everton.
The 22-year-old striker scored the only goal against Burnley on Boxing Day to give the Italian the perfect start to his reign and again produced a brilliant display in attack.
His opener was a classic poacher’s goal – poking home after Gylfi Sigurdsson’s deflected strike fortuitously arrived in front of him.
Newcastle improved and after Miguel Almiron struck the post, they equalised when Fabian Schar fired home a volley from Andy Carroll’s nod-down.
But six minutes after setting up the equaliser, Carroll’s mistake led to Everton’s winner.
Theo Walcott dispossessed the striker and played a pass out wide to Richarlison. The Brazilian sped down the right and delivered an excellent low cross for Calvert-Lewin, who slid in and scrambled home.
The Toffees move above the Magpies into 10th, with their opponents – level on 25 points – now down in 11th.
Ancelotti brings the best out of young attack
Whatever Italian Ancelotti has said to the Everton attack in the short time he has spent with them appears to have had a positive effect.
Moise Kean, in particular, looks a player reborn. The 19-year-old striker joined from Juventus in a £27.5m deal last summer, but has yet to prove his worth to Toffees fans. At St James’ Park he provided a glimpse of what he could achieve.
The Italian had five efforts on goal and three on target, including one that tested the reflexes of keeper Martin Dubravka.
His link-up play was also exceptional – Walcott should have tested the Newcastle goal after he was found by Kean’s ball from the right.
His partner in attack, Calvert-Lewin, has been scoring in clusters this season and under his new manager has hit form once more.
It is now five goals in his past five in the Premier League – as many as in previous 28. Perhaps more pertinently for Ancelotti and the Everton fans, is that the nine shots on target was the most in a league away game this season. The last time the Toffees managed more on the road was at Swansea in 2011.