Everton 2 Sunderland 0

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TWO first-half goals from Jermaine Beckford were enough to consign Sunderland to a fourth consecutive defeat.

Beckford scored in the eighth and 39th minutes and disappointing Sunderland never looked like they were capable of getting back into the game.

A bright start flattered Sunderland and Steve Bruce, who signed a new contract just yesterday, will be worried at just how ineffective his side were.

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