For the second time this season, Everton scored three against Stoke, but that is where similarities end. Saturday's comprehensive victory was a world away from the 4-3 home defeat suffered in December -- and not just in terms of the score line.
Roberto Martinez's men walked away with a 3-0 win on Saturday and it could so easily have been six or seven. The Blues ended a six-game winless run at the Britannia with a first win on this ground since September 2008.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has proved that, while his team are struggling to find their shape, he personally has no such trouble after being filmed letting loose at a Jason Derulo gig in Manchester on Thursday night.
Spotted watching on from a balcony, Martinez appeared to be thoroughly enjoying himself as he danced along merrily to the warblings of the U.S. pop star.
Wednesday evening began with Everton welcoming new signing Oumar Niasse onto the pitch. When the Senegalese forward explained on deadline day how he had watched his new employers since October, you could easily question his judgement. Watching Everton has been difficult enough for supporters in recent months, never mind a new player willingly joining this chaotic season. The ensuing 3-0 win over Newcastle hinted more at the team lurking beneath season-long disappointment.