Did they heck as like. The closest they came was inevitably through Defoe, whose shot struck the underside of the bar on 78 minutes.
Moyes, whose only previous return to Goodison was in April 2014 when a 2-0 defeat hastened his departure from Old Trafford, now leads his Sunderland side back to Merseyside in a desperate search for points.
"I am looking forward a good run".
If Sunderland feel they have more than Everton to fight for in today's match at Goodison Park, they are in for a surprise.
It was interesting that the Blues did not notice a drop-off in performance after his departure for the Africa Cup of Nations, but that was primarily because of the emergence of Tom Davies and the signing of Morgan Schneiderlin.
Everton's new-found defensive solidity has been the main reason they have regained some of their early season momentum and although a Europa League spot remains a distant dream, Ronald Koeman's men have been one of the most improved Premier League teams of late.
Idrissa Gueye opened the scoring with a fine finish in the 40th minute, before Romelu Lukaku sealed the win in the 80th minute.
Leighton Baines could make his 300th Premier League appearance for Everton, becoming the fourth Toffees player to achieve the landmark after Tim Howard (354), Leon Osman (352) and David Unsworth (302). "We just take it game by game, and we will see [about a top-six finish] at the end".
Following that effort, it was Everton's striker Lukaku who finished the game off after a swift counter attack with just ten minutes left to play.
The buzz of debate was still going round the stadium when Barkley sent a pass down the right for Lukaku to chase, and once he found himself up against Bryan Oviedo rather than Koné the result was inevitable. "One of his big qualities is scoring goals".