Five things learned from Everton's 4-1 romp against Young Boys

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A Romelu Lukaku goal and one from Seamus Coleman saw Everton to a comfortable victory.

Everton defeated BSC Young Boys 4-1 in Switzerland tonight to put one and a half feet in the next round of the Europa League.

So what was learned from the performance? Here are five things learned from tonight's game.

Everton should play on artificial pitches every week

Much was made before the game regarding Young Boys's artificial pitch. The Swiss side play at the base of the Alps, so it is certainly a cold venue prone to freezing over.

But the pitch certainly helped Everton play their preferred style of football. The ball zipped around along the ground and they moved it around effortlessly around the struggling Swiss outfit.

Tear up the Goodison turf and relay it with this stuff, Everton will be flying before you know it.

John Stones still has much to learn

The young talent has been in good form recently and is undoubtedly a great talent but he had his moments today. The occasional dawdle and the struggles with Guillaume Hoarau proved decisive at times.

In the end it saw him fell the redwood of a French striker and receive a red card. This was a learning curve for the player and he will come out stronger from it.

Gareth Barry still has it

He has struggled to find his best form this season, but when he is playing alongside James McCarthy he is at his best.

The Irishman does his running for him, leaving him with the job of making the right passes at the right time, like the two assists he bagged.

Question marks over Tim Howard?

This has been a question all season, is the American costing Everton these days?

He made one excellent double save, but he was in a bad position for the opening goal - nabbed by the impressive Hoarau.

He was questioned for the goal against Chelsea recently and perhaps it is time for Everton to look for a permanent replacement.

No doubting Rom

The Belgian striker has been another question mark all season but he was exceptional tonight. He netted a superb hat-trick - he could have even had one maybe two more.

He was excellent throughout and deserved his hat-trick. If he can carry this form into the Premier League then Everton will soon start rising up the table.

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