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Second half goals from Leighton Baines and Nikica Jelavic not only provided Everton with a first away league victory in six games but left Swansea nursing a first defeat in four.

Baines, who had spent the best part of an hour in defensive mode, stepped up to convert a 25 yard free kick after being bundled over by Ashley Williams. Seventeen minutes later, Nikica Jelavic arrived in the nick of time to convert Marouane Fellaini’s assist.

It was a victory that delighted David Moyes, but the Everton manager was quick to criticise an unacceptable fixture pile-up that will see them play a fourth game in 11 days, against Sunderland in the FA Cup, on Tuesday.

“We have had a lot of games of late and it has been tough for us,” said Moyes. “The Premier League haven’t helped us out in terms of the fixtures and they have disappointed me. I don’t think they have helped Everton in many ways this season and that is one of them.” With the sun shining on Swansea and Brendan Rodgers’ side in the form of their lives, there was an obvious spring in their step as they began as they invariably do, on the front foot.

However, on this occasion, there was no reward for their intricate passing and honest endeavour.

Everton found possession hard to come by as, time and again, Swansea were quicker to the loose ball. At one stage, Moyes returned to his dug out, shaking his head in frustration.

His return to the technical area, 10 minutes before the interval, coincided with Everton’s best spell, but the main course came after the break. Jelavic should have done better when the normally reliable Williams was caught in possession in front of his own goal, but after the latter had been penalised for a foul on Baines, Everton took the lead.

The England full back stepped up and beat Vorm in his top corner. It was the perfect execution and the perfect foundation on which to play their best football of the game. Steve Pienaar’s trickery caused immeasurable problems for Angel Rangel and had Jelavic shown more composure, he might have scored twice before making the game safe, 14 minutes from time.

Fellaini teased a ball in between Williams and Steven Caulker and the former Rangers striker poked the ball past Vorm. No complaints from Swansea on this occasion. “I thought we played well in a very tight game against a very good side who have done very well this season,” said Rodgers.

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