Everton locked horns with Aston Villa at Villa Park as they looked to secure a positive result on the road. The Toffees made a slow start to the game and conceded the opening goal in the 31st minute when Danny Ings found the back of the net with an excellent finish. The Merseyside club failed to come up with a response and went into the half-time interval 1-0 down on the scoreline.
Frank Lampard’s men tried to rescue the game in the second half but ended up conceding their second goal in the 85th minute when Emiliano Buendia scored from close range. Everton found some hope when Lucas Digne netted an own goal just two minutes later. However, Lampard’s players ended up losing the contest by a 2-1 scoreline.
Let’s take a look at how each Everton player performed during the clash against the Villans.
GK: Jordan Pickford – 6.5/10
The English keeper made a couple of solid saves at the back but won’t be pleased after failing to secure a clean sheet in both halves.
CB: Mason Holgate – 7/10
Holgate was a rock at the back but didn’t do enough to keep the Villa attackers quiet during the 90 minutes.
CB: Conor Coady – 6/10
Coady passed the ball well and made a few crucial last-ditch clearances. He got replaced in the 80th minute.
CB: James Tarkowski – 7/10
He cleared his lines when needed and made two good chances in the opposition half.
RM: Nathan Patterson – 7/10
Patterson did his fair share of defending and made one good chance in the final third.
CM: Abdoulaye Doucoure – 6/10
He began the game slowly and had to be substituted because of an injury.
CM: Alex Iwobi – 6.5/10
Iwobi got stuck in with some solid tackles at the centre of the park and engineered a couple of meaningful chances in the attacking end of the field.
LM: Vitaliy Mykolenko – 7/10
He made a couple of crucial interceptions at the back and orchestrated two inviting chances from the left flank.
RW: Dwight McNeil – 6.5/10
The English winger showed some flashes of what he is capable of but didn’t do enough to register a goal.
ST: Anthony Gordon – 6.5/10
Gordon worked hard and was a real threat in the second half. However, he failed to get his name on the scoresheet.
LW: Demarai Gray – 6/10
Gray had some lively moments in the game but struggled to threaten the opposition goal.
CM: Tom Davies – 6/10
He added some energy to Lampard’s midfield.
ST: Salomon Rondon – 6/10
Rondon worked hard but wasted a good chance to score.
LW: Dele Alli – 6/10
He offered very little after coming off the bench.
CM: Amadou Onana – 6/10
Onana gave away the ball in the lead-up to Buendia’s goal. However, he was a threat in the final third.