Yak, who has been out since last November with an Achilles injury, opened the scoring within the opening thirty one seconds. The Nigerian latched onto James McCarten's long ball and calmly side footed home. He then set up Everton's second with an intelligent pass to Dan Gosling who calmly steered home in the seventh minute. The Blues were in full control and Hope Akpan, who has just committed his international future to Nigeria, could have extended the lead soon after Gosling's effort. The two sides exchanged penalty claims either side of the half hour mark as the game became more evenly matched. Yakubu was taken off after 69 minutes, and his replacement Cody Arnoux added a third on 82 minutes to seal a convincing win.