Everton claw Cats to end poor streak
Everton 3 Sunderland 0
Dominic Calvert-Lewin netted a brace and Oumar Niasse also got on the scoresheet as Everton's miserable run came to an end with a 3-0 League Cup third-round victory over Championship strugglers Sunderland at Goodison Park.
Calvert-Lewin produced the Toffees' first goal since August 24 with a cool finish in the 38th minute before adding another composed strike six minutes after the break.
The England Under-21 forward was subsequently denied a superb hat-trick as his header came back off the post, before substitute Niasse marked his first Everton first-team appearance since May 2016 by registering his maiden goal for the club with seven minutes to go.
Everton looked as if they were struggling to find much rhythm until Calvert-Lewin broke the deadlock with seven minutes of the first half left.
The ball was worked from Vlasic, via Davy Klaassen, to Calvert-Lewin, who showed nice footwork as he kept his composure in the box amid a clutch of Sunderland players to slot past Steele.
The former Sheffield United man then doubled the advantage shortly after the break when he collected Sandro's through-ball and struck confidently into the net.
Sunderland might have pulled a goal back but Vaughan missed the target twice with headers.
But Niasse, who had come on for Calvert-Lewin, then sealed Everton's fourth-round spot with a flicked finish, having been set up by Tom Davies.