The bigger bonus than your Christmas box I’m sure, this was such an enormous and unexpected win. Simple maths would have you realise if we lost as we were expected to we’d be six points adrift. No prizes for guessing who got our man of the match…
Vito Mannone – 10 (MAN OF THE MATCH)
Like I described in our match analysis, this was a flawless, match-winning goalkeeping performance. Flawless therefore means I have no choice but to give him full marks, absolutely imperious – it must feel very sweet for the man given the number of people (including myself) who had written him off before he even played.
Ondrej Celustka – 6
Hard to be too critical, plus he was much better going forward than against Norwich (should have had a penalty too). However, a lot of Everton’s attacks came down his wing and he struggled with their quality.
Valentin Roberge – 8
I thought he was excellent, it’s very likely he will play at least the next two Premier League games with Wes Brown’s dismissal against Norwich and he showed himself capable of filling in quite nicely. His apparent lack of physical presence was not evident at all.
Modibo Diakite – 7
Played well, you’re never quite sure where the ball is going to go when its around him mind – Roberge looked more competent.
Phil Bardsley – 6
Much like his colleague on the other side, was often exposed on the wing. Dealt with it okay and went forward decently.
Lee Cattermole – 7
Battled hard which he needed to, especially in the second half.
Ki Sung-Yeung – 8
He was absolutely imperious in the first half, even after creating and scoring the winning goal. Faded quickly in the second half when Everton gained the initiative. 100% pass completion though, that kind of quality can’t be undervalued.
Jack Colback – 6
Kept possession well, had a decent chance too – still not convinced he fits this midfield three.
Seb Larsson – 7
I thought Seb was excellent today, just as impressive as Ki with his passing but like the rest of our midfield he was just too lightweight to handle Everton in the second half.
Fabio Borini – 7
What a goal line clearance! Again he looked more likely to score than our other attacking players and seems to have cemented his place in the starting line up.
Steven Fletcher – 5
Looks like a man fitting with the general consensus that he can’t really be bothered. Snatched at a chance he would have buried last season. Don’t be surprised to see him return to the bench.
Emanuele Giaccherini – 6
Showed some quality, as he usually does – created Fletcher’s chance.
Jozy Altidore – 6
Did more defensively than offensively because of when he was introduced and did okay.