Everton secured a 3-0 win over a lacklustre Newcastle United side on Wednesday evening.
The Magpies came into the game with a number of their January signings starting, but their existing defensive issues continued, with Aaron Lennon netting the opening goals after 23 minutes.
He had far too much time to receive the ball and turn, placing a shot along the ground past the unbalanced Rob Elliot in goal.
Ross Barkley netted both other goals from the penalty spot late in the game, and the Toffees secure they first three points of 2016 with the win.
The starting XI that Roberto Martinez selected was fairly consistent with the Spaniard’s previous team sheets, but there was one major change.
Due to an injury to Tim Howard, Joel Robles finally got a chance in the Premier League after impressing in cup action.
Fans have been calling for Robles to start for a number of months, with Howard’s form exceptionally poor, and he did not disappoint.
Although the 25-year-old had little to do, with Everton dominating the game, he completed five saves and claimed two crosses, and just looked assured whenever the ball came near him.
Following the game, Everton fans took to Twitter to react to the performance of Robles, with many now claiming he deserves a chance to enjoy an extended run of playing time in the Premier League.
After 11 home league games, Howard = 1 clean sheet. After 1 home league game Robles = 1 clean sheet. Do you think Martinez will keep Joel???— Stan Dalton (@standalton17) February 4, 2016
Everton could be top four now if Robles had played since August. That's how bad the decision to play Tim Howard has been.— John Merro (@johnmerro1) February 4, 2016
I honestly think we'd be challenging for the Title. Not that Robles is great either. Just that Howard is that bad. https://t.co/pHYsx7lzrm— Sean (@SeanArundel) February 4, 2016
10 clean sheets in all comps for EFC this season.— Tony Scott (@Tony_Scott11) February 3, 2016
Robles has a four of them.
9 apps for for Joel this season.
7 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss.
Got to give Robles a run of games now to see if he's got what it takes #efc— Richard Berry (@Bez1977) February 3, 2016
Ross Barkley Gareth Barry Aaron Lennon Joel Robles boss tonight, sound that #EFC— Stephen Buffel (@steviebuff) February 3, 2016