Everton swept aside a poor Newcastle United this evening as goals from Ross Barkley, Romelu Lukaku and Leon Osman sent the Toffees back into fifth in the Premier League table.

Roberto Martinez’s side were the better side from the first whistle right to the last, as the Magpies struggled for both creativity and killer instinct – something their opposition boasted in spades.

Barcelona loanee Gerard Deulofeu was involved heavily but the moment of the night was certainly Barkley’s goal, which summed up his scary potential.

The 20-year-old opened the scoring after 22 minutes with an incredible burst from inside his own half, beating almost the entire Newcastle back four before smashing his shot past Tim Krul with ease.

Before Barkley had stunned the 47,000 watching fans, Yoan Gouffran had spurned a good opportunity to give the hosts the lead when he kicked nothing but fresh air following a one-two with Moussa Sissoko.

Everton responded by going close themselves. Deulofeu done well down the right flank and his cross was touched into the path of Lukaku by Osman, but the powerful Belgian’s shot was saved well by Krul.

The visitors didn’t have to wait much longer for their opener though, as Barkley showed his power, pace and cool head to beat a string of Newcastle players that barely got near him.

When Newcastle fell behind, the question over their creativity became ever more pressing. Without Loic Remy in their side, the Geordies have only scored once this season and that was the weekend’s last-gasp winner from Papiss Cisse against Crystal Palace. The void left by Yohan Cabaye is yet to be filled and it showed as Newcastle didn’t look like penetrating a stubborn Everton defence.

The closest they came for the remainder of the first half was a fierce Cheick Tiote shot which Sylvain Distin did well to head away as it headed towards Tim Howard’s goal.

John Carver – still deputising on the touchline as Alan Pardew completes the final match of his stadium ban – would have undoubtedly told his side to push for an equaliser in the second half but they got off to the worst start when Lukaku doubled Everton’s lead after 54 minutes.

Osman sprayed the ball to Deulofeu on the right and the teenager skipped past Paul Dummett easily and crossed for Lukaku to slide in for his fourth goal in as many games.

With the task now bordering on impossible, Carver called for Hatem Ben Arfa from the bench and the Frenchman did give the home side some much-needed creativity.

The former Marseille winger’s sensational dribbling ability set up the chance of the match for Newcastle, as he somehow beat three Everton defenders inside the penalty area. He even managed to pick his head up and locate Vurnon Anita but the Dutch midfielder inexplicably missed from six yards out.

That rather summed up Newcastle’s evening and Osman was on hand to wrap things up when he smashed an excellent shot past Krul following more good work from Deulofeu.