Welcome to a new feature on the site. After each game, Alex Jones, the newest member of the St Domingo’s team, will provide a brief review of the match with performance ratings for each player. Each month these ratings will be used to decide the St Domingo’s player of the month and at the end of the season, player and young player of the year. Please let us have your comments and feedback.
The new era at Everton has started off in a mediocre fashion, despite the domination in the middle of the pitch it’s same old Everton; not enough creativity in the last third.
Unfortunately stats don’t win you games, Norwich only managed 2 shots on target whilst Everton managed 8. The Martinez playing style certainly has its positives and negatives, we were playing very attractive football in spells with Baines and Fellaini linking up well, but with the defence playing a high line we can be liable to the counter attacks, hence Norwich’s first goal.
But let’s look at the positives…
Barkley looks like he’s going to have a brilliant season, Coleman also looks sharp, scoring and assisting one, (perfect for a fantasy football team!) also the Everton fans were brilliant as always!
But if we want a realistic chance of achieving European football, we need to be winning games like this, just performing against the big teams isn’t good enough as we’re already two points behind a lot of teams. But I don’t want to sound too negative as it is only the first game, so roll on West Brom next week!
Tim Howard- 7
Leighton Baines- 7
Phil Jagielka- 6.5
Sylvan Distin- 6.5
Seamus Coleman- 8
Steven Pienaar- 7
Marouane Fellaini- 7
Leon Osman- 6
Ross Barkley- 8
Kevin Mirallas- 7
Nikica Jelavic- 6.5