Potters Easy for Everton to Break
Back in 1878, Ye Ancient Everton Toffee House was a sweet shop owned by Old Ma Bushell, who created the Everton Toffee.
It was sold by the ... um ... bushel when the local football team did its thing.
And anybody who partook of it could attest that it was tough to crack.
That held true figuratively at Britannia Stadium at Stoke-on-Trent, as the Toffs shattered the Potters, 0-3.
Stoke City has been treading water around mid-table for some time, as has Everton. Three points in this one would raise the visitors above Stoke, and they clearly had that in mind as they the were more aggressive side from the start.
Ironically, though, it was an act of excessive aggression that put the Potters down early:
Romelu Lukaku is back on the scoresheet.
Then, a set piece of another kind dragged Stoke even deeper, as Seamus Coleman did the honors:
That header was sweeter than, say, a certain hard candy.
When you're two goals down, the worst thing is do is mess up and give another one away. Stoke City seems to have missed this lecture in football school.
Aaron Lennon is the Usain Bolt of the Premiership.