PLAYER RATINGS – Everton 2-2 Newcastle: One 9, 8 & 7, several 6’s, a few 5’s, one 4 & a woeful 3

One of the most remarkable late comebacks you’re ever likely to see, with two stoppage time strikes from Florian Lejeune earning Newcastle an unlikely draw at Goodison Park.

Here’s an assessment of each player’s performance along with our marks out of 10:

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Dubravka – 8 – Lejeune will make the headlines – and rightly so – but the game could’ve been completely out of sight if the Slovakian hadn’t made a few good saves before our late comeback. He could’ve done better with Kean’s opener (although I think he was unsighted by Hayden), but made several key stops, showed good handling and stood strong from crosses.

Hayden – 5 – Filled in at right wing-back again and struggled to contain Bernard – who pulled the strings for the hosts. Had the odd decent burst forward with the ball early on, but had a few too many tired looking touches and passes in the second half.

Fernandez – 5 – The defence may not have received enough protection from the two Longstaff’s, but the Argentine didn’t cover himself in glory for Everton’s opener. He got caught out of position, lost Kean and failed to recover after the strikers first touch was a loose one when in on goal. Not the worst display in the world, but a noticeable dip after a solid showing last weekend.

Lascelles – 5 – Made plenty solid interceptions and clearances, but was guilty of a big mistake in the build up to Everton’s second. Dived in to intercept a Digne through ball he was never getting to, which gave Calvert-Lewin the space he needed to score. That said, he’ll have had the last laugh in his spat with Calvert-Lewin given how the game unfolded late on!

Clark – 6 – It was a poor defensive display on the whole, but he was probably the best player at the back for us here. A few timely interventions – although a reckless challenge on Walcott left him on a booking and saw him subbed off in the second half as a result.

Ritchie – 6 – Was one of few in black and white playing with intensity and battled away all night, although some of his balls up the line were hit in hope. Worked hard to keep Walcott and Sidibe at bay, but struggled to contain both at times, with the anonymous Atsu giving him little to work with at either end of the pitch down our left-hand side.

S Longstaff – – Struggled. He can be tidy in possession and pick a pass, but he was ponderous at times and had his pocket picked on more than one occasion after dithering on the ball. Also looked a little leggy (not for the first time this season), with he and Matty being well and truly outmanoeuvred in the middle by experienced Everton duo Delph and Schneiderlin.

M Longstaff – 5 – Plenty energy and enthusiasm, but erratic at times; both on the ball and in his positional play. He gets stuck in and his work rate means he can press players into mistakes, but he sometimes lets his eagerness take over, seeing him move out of position and leaving our defence vulnerable as a result. Love his passion, but needs to add discipline to his game from a positional perspective if we’re playing a two-man midfield?

Almiron – 7 – Comfortably our best player in the first half, with him being the only bright spark in attack. Was always looking to get on the ball and instigate counter attacks, but had little to work with. Looked sharp and made a few brilliant darting runs with the ball, although he did fade out of the game slightly in the second half. Good to see him running at teams and looking more confident with the ball at his feet, however!

Atsu – 3 – It sounds harsh, but the Ghanaian was a waste of a shirt in this one. Didn’t impact the game at all and was anonymous throughout – with barely one attack coming down our left-hand side all game. Slow to react and wasteful on the rare occasion he got the ball in good areas. Hauled off on the hour mark.

Joelinton – 5 – A real mixed bag from the Brazilian – but there was probably more bad than good tonight. He did a few impressive pieces of hold up play early on, won back possession from pressing a few times and came as close as anyone to scoring in normal time with a header at the end of our only well worked move, but he was frustrating to watch in large parts. The service up to him was non existent and he had little to work with up top, but he lost the ball cheaply too many times, had a few loose touches and didn’t always put himself about or show enough movement. At one point Ritchie was seen shouting “RUN!” at the 23-year-old, which says a lot. He was much better against Chelsea, but he was unconvincing here.

SUBS

Krafth 5 – Came on at right wing-back with half an hour to play, allowing Hayden to move into midfield and us to change to a 3-5-2 formation. Got stuck in but doesn’t look like a wing-back.

Lejeune9* – It’s hard to know how to rate a player that had little to no influence on the game until the final 90 seconds, but what an impact he had in the end! His acrobatic volley gave us a glimmer of hope in the 93rd minute, but he followed that up with another seconds later to bag a stoppage time brace and rescue a draw. What a moment for the Frenchman after years of injury hell.

Schar – 6 – Only featured for the final 15 minutes, but his flashed effort across the box lead to Lejeune’s first goal.

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5 thoughts on “PLAYER RATINGS – Everton 2-2 Newcastle: One 9, 8 & 7, several 6’s, a few 5’s, one 4 & a woeful 3

  1. Schar should definitely get a higher rating. He had 2 indirect assists.
    Lejuene may have scored 2 goals, but both goals came off of shots from Schar.

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  2. Atsu was UTTERLY APPALLING. I’d rate him a 1.5. Did nothing, doesn’t care, spends more time doing his stupid hair.

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  3. Colin Ross:
    The real problem is we have to many mediocre championship players in the team longstaffsatsuClarketo name 4we need more than Bentaleb

    Think that’s incredibly unfair on Clark.

    Atsu I agree with, but how can Clark not be deemed a Premier League player based on his performances over the past year.

    He’s done a solid job (and scored a few big goals) just about every time we’ve needed to call on him.

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  4. This may be in the wrong thread, but after spending this day reading all there is about yesterday’s game, I’m still shocked there hasn’t been more or even a single comment about Bruce’s action in stopping Dubravka to move up in the last minute of the game.

    Dubravka’s reaction in that second says it all.

    On top of that to sub in defenders while being under is beyond me.

    To put yesterday’s game into a sentance is easily done:

    Newcastle managed a draw DESPITE Bruce.

    HWTL

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