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Steven Pienaar marked his return to Goodison Park by piling the pressure on Andre Villas-Boas as the Chelsea fans ran out of patience with their Portuguese coach.

The South African midfielder, back at Everton on a six-month loan after a miserable year at Tottenham, struck after five minutes, as the troubled pursuit of a Champions League place continues to raise doubts about Villas-Boas future.

Denis Stracqualursi added a second, his first for Everton, in the second half. The dire performance from the Londoners provoked a hostile response from their visiting fans.

“You don’t know what you’re doing,” they chanted to Villa-Boas midway through the second half.

The failings were familiar in the Chelsea camp, with elaborate and frequent formation changes seeming to confuse rather than invigorate their players.

Without John Terry, the defence continued to look vulnerable, taking unnecessary risks. Only Juan Mata posed a genuine attacking threat, and even he faded in the second half.

When the Spanish winger was subbed, the discontent from the visiting section was even more vociferous.

Villas-Boas will be aware Carlo Ancelotti lost his job after a defeat here last season and after meetings with Roman Abramovich, he’ll already fear the worst.

He was not the only manager whose future is the subject of speculation, however, with the chain of events which may take Harry Redknapp into the England job being carefully monitored by David Moyes’ admirers.

Everton may be dreading a phone call from Daniel Levy about stealing their manager this summer, but they’ll be grateful for the one the Spurs chairman accepted in the final throes of deadline day.

Moyes was scurrying around for a mobile phone in order to complete the loan deal for Pienaar, who was desperate to revive his career on familiar ground.

Pienaar scored just twice in 19 appearance for Tottenham. He is evidently more comfortable in the Merseyside air.

The ball looped into the Chelsea box from the toe of Frank Lampard after five minutes, and Pienaar pounced, slamming past the advancing Cech. It signalled the start of a magnificent performance, with his wit and skill also transforming Everton’s style of play.

He was subbed to a standing ovation shortly before Everton added a second, with Landon Donovan feeding the enthusiastic Stracqualursi to nudge the ball beyond Cech.

It completed Everton’s most complete home performance of the season, and surely one of Chelsea’s most miserable.

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