Brazil striker Jo scored twice for Everton as they kept their bid for European football next season on course with a 4-0 win over fellow high-flyers Wigan Athletic. This victory was Everton's biggest of the season, as the Merseysiders strengthened their grip on sixth place in the table.
Jo, on loan to Everton from rivals Manchester City, opened the scoring in the 26th minute with a low shot after good work by Leon Osman. Two goals early in the second half settled the match. Tony Hibbert's low cross found Marouane Fellaini, who was given time and space by Wigan's defence, before scoring his seventh goal of the season.
And minutes later, when Fellaini's shot was palmed out by Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland, Jo pounced from close range. Kirkland's failure to hold another shot, this time a 20-yard effort from Fellaini on the hour mark, allowed Osman to score Everton's fourth.
Everton manager David Moyes said after the match that he believes his club can still achieve a UEFA Champions League place next season and break the stranglehold of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.
"The Champions League is still there for us, we are not going to give up," said Everton boss Moyes. "Arsenal have got the points and are coming into form with players back from injury. We are not going to give up, but realistically it will be a tough call to catch them now.
"It was a good performance, a good result and another cleansheet. I was pleased with much of what I saw. The hardest thing is to get your players going again after internationals, you never know how they are. They have all had a couple of games and a lot of travel, but they have every right to be tired. But the ones who have travelled the furthest, Tim Cahill and Steven Pienaar, were excellent."
Wigan manager Steve Bruce revealed his anger at the failure of Egyptian striker Amr Zaki to return from international duty. Bruce would not go as far as to say that Zaki's time at the JJB stadium was coming to an end, but he will want to discover exactly what is wrong with 26 year-old who hit 11 goals for the club earlier in the season.
"I find it ridiculous that this club who have given him his chance in England - and pay him very well I might add - are not being treated properly," said Bruce. "We are not being shown any respect, it is totally nonsensical. We believe he has a hamstring, but we do not know how bad because we have not been able to assess him."