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.
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.
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.