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Rodriguez Gets 8, Coleman With 7.5 | Everton Players Rated In Hard-Fought Win Vs Crystal Palace

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Everton clashed heads with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park earlier today hoping to stretch their winning run to five matches across all competitions this season. The Toffees made a strong start to the game and took the lead in the 10th minute courtesy of Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s goal. However, the Eagles managed to score the equaliser just 16 minutes later via Cheikhou Kouyate’s header. Richarlison restored his team’s advantage in the 40th minute when he successfully converted a spot-kick to give the Merseyside outfit a 2-1 lead at the half-time interval.

Both teams fought tooth and nail in the second 45 minutes but couldn’t add to the goal tally as the contest finished 2-1 in favour of Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

Let’s take a look at how each Everton player fared during the match against the Eagles.

GK: Jordan Pickford – 6/10

The English keeper didn’t have any notable saves to make in the game but will be disappointed for conceding a goal from a corner which ruined his chances of a clean sheet.

RB: Seamus Coleman – 7.5/10

The Everton skipper delivered an excellent cross to Calvert-Lewin in the lead-up to Everton’s opener in the first half. He also kept things tight at the back and did well to see out the win.

CB: Yerry Mina – 7/10

The South American centre-back neutralised the threat of Wilfried Zaha and has got a well-deserved shutout to show for his efforts.

CB: Michael Keane – 7.5/10

The English defender passed the ball with a lot of conviction and defended valiantly in the second half to get his team over the finishing line with three points in the bag.

Everton player ratings vs Crystal Palace (Everton players are celebrating in the photo)
Everton’s Brazilian striker Richarlison (L) celebrates with Everton’s English striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin (R) after scoring their second goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park in south London on September 26, 2020. (Photo by BRADLEY COLLYER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

LB: Lucas Digne – 8/10

The French left-back did well to earn the penalty that Richarlison converted in the first half. Ancelotti will be quite content with Digne’s performance today.

CM: Andre Gomes – 7/10

He retained possession well for his side at the centre of the park and worked hard to help the Toffees secure the win.

CM: Allan – 7/10

The ex-Napoli star began the game a bit slow but produced a much-improved display in the second half. His performance today showed just why Ancelotti decided to sign him earlier this summer.

CM: Abdoulaye Doucoure – 7.5/10

He worked his socks off to cover a lot of ground and win possession back for his team. Doucoure had a good game in the second half when he helped his side maintain their narrow advantage until the full-time whistle.

RW: James Rodriguez – 8/10

The Colombian playmaker delivered some sublime passes and did well to create a lot of decent openings for his teammates in the final third.

ST: Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 7/10

The English striker kept his good form going as he opened the goal-scoring with a composed finish. However, he should have killed the game off but did not take any of the other chances that fell in his path.

LW: Richarlison – 7/10

The Brazilian winger has had better games than what he experienced today. However, he stepped up to covert the penalty, which ended up making the difference in the match.

Substitutes:

CM: Gylfi Sigurdsson – 6/10

He brought some fresh energy onto the pitch.

RW: Alex Iwobi – N/A

Iwobi didn’t get enough time to make an impact.

CM: Tom Davies – N/A

He came on to run the clock down for his side.

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