Everton boss Roberto Martinez saluted "a good week" after seeing his side waltz to a third straight 3-0 win at Stoke City.
The Blues had all but sealed victory before the half-time interval at the Britannia Stadium thanks to Romelu Lukaku’s penalty, Seamus Coleman's header and a strike from the in-form Aaron Lennon, with the Potters kept relatively quiet throughout.
Nine goals in three games could have been built upon as the Toffees continued to create after the break but another clean sheet offered Martinez as much pleasure as the exhilarating forward play.
“It’s been a good week and I’m pleased with the manner in which we got the three 3-0 wins,” said the Toffees boss. “Early on in the season we showed we can score goals against anyone and create really good starts and solid performances at the end of games, but we sometimes threw away leads too cheaply.
“What pleases me as a manager is the players always look to take responsibility and learn. We showed a different, mature side of our play in the last three matches – we were able to manage the games, defend well when we had to and in the second half today we had four clear-cut opportunities that, if you want to be critical, we should have taken.
“You have to highlight the performance of Stoke’s goalkeeper [Jack Butland]. He controlled three or four big moments but, overall, to keep a clean sheet at the Britannia with that scoreline and with the performance we had shows you how far we have come this season and how hungry the group is to finish it really strongly.”
Such was the delight of the 2,911 traveling Toffees as the game drew to a close, they chanted in unison for the manager to repeat the dance he had been filmed doing at a concert in midweek, which subsequently went viral online.
Asked if he had contemplated honouring the supporters’ request, Martinez joked: “I thought about it to be honest, but it would have been difficult to beat the moves we had on the pitch today.
“I thought Cleverley, Barkley and Lukaku had the best moves of the game and I’m going to keep my big moves for a better occasion."