Everton sat in a precarious position prior to the Wednesday night’s fixture. A win would give some much needed space in the table and anything else would keep us in the mire.
(Ratings are made on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being awful, 5 being average and 10 being outstanding. Subs made after 75 minutes will receive no rating (N/R). )
Jordan Pickford – 6 – Not a lot to do for the young goalkeeper. Did come under fire with 10 minutes to go and claimed some important crosses and made an exceptional save to keep it at 2-1.
Cuco Martina – 6 – We have to be honest. If any other player would have played a part in a goal and cleared the ball off the line they’d get a similar rating. He still isn’t the man we want or need at left back, but Wednesday night was probably one of his better performances so far.
Phil Jagielka – 6 – Supported Keane very well and dealt with the majority of attacks in his direction. Looked a lot more at ease with Coleman next to him.
Michael Keane – 7 – By far his best performance for Everton so far. Looked so much more composed when attacks came his way and communicated a lot with Martina, which benefited both. Keane’s distribution was also much improved.
Seamus Coleman – 8 – It was tough on JonJoe Kenny to be dropped after some good, solid performances. But, Everton need a player like Seamus Coleman in the team whenever he’s available. His performance replicated a player that hadn’t been away from the football pitch and he brought a calmness to our defence. Coleman’s link up with Walcott excited us also.
Idrissa Gueye – 6 – Had a quiet game but still got stuck into his duties. Looked more confident in making challenges with Davies and Rooney around him and had an outlet to make a pass to both of those players.
Wayne Rooney – 6 – Worked very hard off the ball against Leicester. Did a lot of the dirty work and looked for the pass to Walcott on the wing we’ve been missing from the midfield for a while.
Tom Davies – 7 – I’m personally made up he came back into the team after a month of being excluded and provided such a solid performance. Works so hard to regain the ball for the team and the best Tom Davies is the one that beats a couple of players before making a pass and linking with the winger and striker. Needs to keep getting that kind of opportunity because he is good enough.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – 7 – Another good performance for Gyfli on a position most of us wouldn’t class as his strongest. His work rate has double since the cup derby and he is benefitting as a result, as are the team. Another superb ball across the box for Walcott’s first goal as well.
Theo Walcott – 9 – Provide the reasons we signed him. Work rate, sheer pace, ability to beat his man, finishing, link up with our full back and a general threat on the wing. Easily our man of the match and his two goals were finished really well. Next step for Theo is to keep that consistency in every performance.
Oumar Niasse – 5 – It was a tough night for Oumar. Had 2 clear cut opportunities to score and snatched at his first and completely fluffed his second 1 vs 1 with the keeper. Still had the same work rate and won a lot of headers from long balls, but needs to work on his finishing to hold down the position over Tosun or DCL.
Morgan Schniederlin- N/R – Came on to add some fresh legs to the midfield and made a couple of good tackles.
Dominic Calvert – Lewin- N/R – Difficult to make any comments on the striker due to only getting 8 minutes on the pitch. Made a couple of wrong decisions with his passes but came on to hold the ball up and did so on a couple of occasions.
Ashley Williams – N/R – Again, difficult to make a comment after 5 minutes on the pitch, but added some fresh legs to the defence when they came under fire late in the game.