How Everton rated during their 1-1 draw at Manchester City
You could forgive Everton fans and players for having mixed feelings after securing a 1-1 draw against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
While the Toffees would have taken the result ahead of the game, there will be an undoubted sense of disappointment with the Toffees having led for so long and played more than an entire half of football against 10 men.
Everton were certainly organised and competitive in midfield, while the defence were compact and managed to resist City’s advances for the first hour at the Etihad. Young forward Dominic Calvin-Lewin also showcased glimpses of his immense potential, and there were certainly positives for Ronald Koeman to take into the next game.
So, here is how Everton rated against the Citizens:
Jordan Pickford – The young keeper performed well in goal, making five saves in total and commanding his area with authority as City attempted a total of 24 crosses during the game. His low stop to deny Danilo’s shot in the second half was particularly impressive, and while his distribtuion needs improvement he did manage to land one driven, 60-yard ball right on the instep of Wayne Rooney. 7
Mason Holgate – The young defender enjoyed a solid game for the most part, making eight clearances in total and dealing comfortably with Sergio Aguero when the Argentine ran into the right channel of Everton’s defence. Despite this, he gave the ball away far too often, while his poor clearance from Danilo’s cross inadvertently assisted Raheem Sterling’s late equaliser. 6
Michael Keane – The former Manchester United and Burnley defender was steady rather than spectacular against City, although he did manage to complete five clearances and win 100% of his aerial duels. He certainly benefited from the added security of playing in what was essentially a five-man defence, while he was neat and tidy on the ball throughout. 7
Ashley Williams – Williams was dominant at the heart of Everton’s back-line, completing a game-high seven clearances while keeping Gabriel Jesus quiet before his withdrawal at half-time. The former Swansea defender also completed 83% of his passes, and added some much needed composure as City applied the pressure late on. 8
Phil Jagielka – This was the quintessential performance from Everton’s captain, who was aggressive throughout and managed to win 75% of his tackles. He also produced a crucial tackle to deny Aguero a certain goal, after initially slipping and allowing the Argentine to close in on young Pickford. 8
Leighton Baines – Baines was another player who did not let Everton down on the night, performing with discipline against the roving Kyle Walker prior to the right back’s controversial dismissal. He also produced a memorable sliding tackle to nick the ball off Walker’s toes in one of the highlights of the first half. 7
Idrissa Gueye – A lynchpin in Everton’s midfield, Gueye was tenacious in the tackle and even managed to complete 91% of his passes in the face of intense City pressure. He also performed a crucial role in keeping playmaker Kevin de Bruyne quiet, staying close to the talented Belgian and denying him any semblance of time or space on the ball. 7
Morgan Schneiderlin – The Frenchman usually provides a calming influence in midfield, but struggled for long periods in the face of sustained City possession. His reckless tackle on Aguero when already on a yellow card also left Everton to see out the game with 10 men, which could have cost the Toffees dear as they tired late on. 5
Tom Davies – The talented youngster was largely anonymous, failing to win a single tackle and completing just 11 passes during the game (admittedly at a completion rate of 100%). Aside from an early strike at Ederson’s goal that went narrowly wide, he struggled to make an impact before being replaced by record signing Gylfi Sigurðsson just past the hour. 6
Dominic Calvin-Lewin – The England U-20 star was a threat throughout, as he attempted four dribbles during the game, laid on two chances and provided the assist for Wayne Rooney’s first half goal. His movement was also impressive, as he looked to exploit the acres of space in behind City’s attacking wing-backs. 7
Wayne Rooney – While Ederson may have been at fault for Rooney’s 200th Premier League goal, the England forward ensured that his strike was on target and there is no denying that he retains an exceptional eye for goal. He also dropped deep to excellent effect throughout the game, linking well with Calvin-Lewin and creating two chances for his teammate. 7
Gylfi Sigurðsson – Everton’s record signing was introduced just past the hour, but was forced to assume a largely defensive role as City pressed. He set-piece delivery could have been better, but there will be more to come from the talented Icelandic playmaker. 6
Davy Klaassen – Klaassen joined the fray at the same time as Sigurðsson, as Koeman reverted to a flat back four in an attempt to see the game out. The Dutchman struggled to get to the pace of the game, completing just 54% of his passes and failing to win a single tackle. 5
Muhamed Beši? – Came on for Rooney in stoppage time, but had no time to make any sort of impact.
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