STEVEN PIENAAR and Denis Stracqualursi downed Chelsea to put Andre Villas-Boas under huge pressure.
Pienaar celebrated his first home match since returning from Spurs by thumping a fifth-minute opener, then recalled Stracqualursi poached Everton's clincher on 71 minutes as the Blues slumped to fifth. And such a tame defeat will send speculation over Villas-Boas' future soaring - in the week that Fabio Capello left the England job and was instantly linked with helm at Stamford Bridge.
Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard came back in for Chelsea, with Gary Cahill making the bench for the first time since his £7million arrival from Bolton.
Hitman Stracqualursi came in for Everton as new striker Nikica Jelavic had a stomach muscle injury.
But it was Pienaar who was influential from the start, instigating a first-minute move from which Landon Donovan prodded wide.
Then, when Lampard deflected a Tim Cahill ball over Branislav Ivanovic's head. Pienaar raced into the box, controlled on his chest and smashed the ball into the roof of the net.
Chelsea fought back slowly but created little - until Fernando Torres cleverly let Daniel Sturridge's low ball run across for Juan Mata, whose was firm shot was deflected over by Phil Neville.
Lampard then dragged a shot wide from Mata's pull-back.
But Cahill mis-controlled an equally-promising chance at the other end after Leighton Baines and combined well with Pienaar.
Chelsea playmaker Raul Meireles was booked for kicking Stracqualursi as the Argentinian tried to break clear.
And soon after it was the same Everton hitman who fired straight at Petr Cech.
Torres protested furiously that he should have had a penalty when John Heitinga blocked him off. And, when he continued to vent his anger at referee Mike Jones as the players walked off for half-time, Torres had to be led away by Toffees midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
Sylvain Distin in particular stood firm as the visitors pushed Everton back early in the second period.
And a loud cheer rang out when Torres was booked for a late challenge on Pienaar, whose footwork continued to cause Chelsea problems.
Torres, in fact, marred his hard work by looking sluggish in front of goal.
And he summed up his afternoon by heading Jose Bosingwa's cross straight at Tim Howard.
Villas-Boas angered many Blues fans by replacing Michael Essien with Florent Malouda.
And Everton doubled their lead 18 minutes from time.
Phil Neville robbed Ashley Cole in midfield, releasing Donovan to surge at Chelsea's defence and flick a pass for Stracqualursi to wrong-foot Cech.
Cole had stayed grounded following Neville's challenge and, despite treatment the delayed the re-start, the England left-back soon had to go off, seemingly in much discomfort.
The Blues controlled possession late on on but once again Distin helped Everton cope with everything.
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