How did Everton's players rate in their 2-0 win over West Ham?
Everton got back to Premier League winning ways with a 2-0 win over West Ham at Goodison Park. Second-half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley earned Ronald Koeman’s side all three points, though the Hammers enjoyed some promising spells.
The Toffees aren’t quite playing the football that they produced in the first few weeks of the season, but this win should help them rebuild their confidence after a rocky run. The visitors forced them to play sideways and backwards quite often in the first half, but the game opened up for the hosts after the break.
Ultimately, the difference between the sides may have been the fact that West Ham had a utility player in Michail Antonio leading the line while Everton had Lukaku. The game was quite even for long periods, but Everton’s extra chance shone through in the end. We looked at how their players rated.
Joel Robles- 7/10
Deputised for the absent Maarten Stekelenburg, Robles didn’t have too much to do but stood up to make a good save from Michail Antonio in the second half. Much maligned under Roberto Martinez, but a good day’s work from Everton’s back-up stopper.
Seamus Coleman- 7/10
Had an evenly contested battle on that flank with Aaron Cresswell, but Coleman was his usual dependable and energetic self. Right back is a spot Koeman won’t have to worry about while the Irishman is around.
Ashley Williams- 6/10
Caught out in the second half not knowing whether to play out or hoof the ball up the line resulting in a horrible slip, but was steady apart from that. Most West Ham crosses were repelled, and the Wales international was a big reason why. Williams’ marking and positional play in the box is his strong point.
Ramiro Funes Mori- 6/10
Has tremendous physical presence, but tends to ball watch too often. There is a good defender in there, but Funes Mori is still quite raw and needs developing. Could attack set pieces in the opponent’s box with greater hunger; a few chances to get a head on goal passed him by.
Bryan Oviedo- 7/10
Oviedo was excellent down the left flank and supplied a couple of very good cutbacks after overlapping. Could make this spot his own with Leighton Baines no longer as prominent as he once was.
Gareth Barry- 7/10
The veteran midfielder was in combative mood today and gave Everton a good grip on proceedings for the most part. Used the ball well, and still has a big part to play this season even at the age of 36.
Idrissa Gueye- 5/10
Gueye has been fantastic since moving to Goodison Park from Aston Villa in the summer, but this wasn’t one of his best games. Caught in possession a few times, and wasn’t passing as vertically as he did in his first few games. The visitors did clog up central areas to give them credit.
Kevin Mirallas- 5/10
Has been in and out of the team under Koeman, and cut an incongruous figure in Everton’s team today. Possesses abundant pace and ability, but there have been question marks over his character and Koeman certainly will not stand for that.
Ross Barkley- 7/10
You still feel there is much more in the locker, but Barkley showed some good signs today and looked after the ball far better. Took his goal well with a controlled left-foot finish on the volley and curled another shot just wide on another occasion in the second period.
Yannick Bolasie- 7/10
On the fringes of the game quite often, Bolasie wasn’t quite the constant menace he normally is. That said, he made very little into quite a lot to assist Everton’s first goal, chasing a lost cause and hooking the ball across from an improbable position.
Romelu Lukaku- 8/10
The classiest player on the pitch, he was the difference between the two teams in many respects. There can’t be many six foot three inch strikers who can carry the ball the length of the pitch. The goal was a simple as it gets, but great composure and vision to pick out Barkley for the second.
Phil Jagielka- 6/10
Came on in the latter stages to sure things up and did so adequately.
Aaron Lennon- 6/10
Got some minutes at the close of play, not on for long enough to make an impression.
Tom Cleverley- 6/10
Came on for Mirallas to stiffen midfield as Everton looked to protect their lead and did well.
Featured image: All rights reserved by Serg Hoholok