David Moyes' men grabbed the three points and extended their unbeaten run to six matches in the Premiership thanks to Tim Cahill's header in the second half.
The 1-0 win lifted the Toffees up to third in the table.
Coach Chris reported: "Everton had the better of the first half and got better as the half progressed, created a couple of chances but the way the game was going it looked like it was going to be a draw.
"Possibly the way the game went both teams would have settled for that but with the lad Cahill you've always got a chance of nicking something and that's exactly what Everton did.
"They have a good work ethic, a good team spirit and that's something we've always said about Everton.
"As regards the formation they are dropping another player into midfield so it's more or less a 4-5-1 formation and a 4-3-3 when they go forward with Lee Carsley just sitting in deeper in midfield.
"They put pressure on the ball, work hard but break away from that, as they showed at Portsmouth, offensively they got into good areas and they are prepared to get men forward from midfield and wide positions."
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