St Dom-index Player Ratings for the Everton vs Stoke City game on Saturday 30th November 2013.
Tim Howard – 7
Seamus Coleman – 7
Sylvain Distin – 7.5
Phil Jagielka – 7
Bryan Oviedo – 8.5
Steven Pienaar – 8
James McCarthy – 7.5
Gareth Barry – 9
Leon Osman – 7.5
Gerard Deulofeu – 7
Romelu Lukaku – 7.5
John Stones – N/A
Nikica Jelavic – N/A
Kevin Mirallas – N/A
The Blue Match Review
It was a brilliant result and there were plenty of positives to take away from the game, but I believe that games like this are good opportunities to reflect on our weaknesses.
I certainly don’t say this to be negative, but it’s better to realise our mistakes and improve on them now, rather than to make mistakes in the bigger games.
Personally I think that Stoke had too many chances and a better team would have certainly capitalized on our defensive errors and at least scored one goal.
However Stoke were poor and very sloppy at the back; it was certainly nice to see Everton scoring a lot of goals. We usually get too complacent and sit back, but on Saturday we kept going and you could see that we were always looking for another goal.
I had to think long and hard about what rating to give Deulofeu. During the first 10 or 15 minutes he was giving the ball away much too frequently and didn’t look much of a threat. However he got the goal we needed and in the second half he was a completely different player, he defended well and looked very dangerous on the counter attack, which was very good to see.
Lukaku had another quite game, but again, the true sign of a world-class striker is when they are scoring but not playing particularly well, and you could see how much the goal meant to him in his celebrations.
My Man of the match was Gareth Barry. It came down to a decision between the Manchester City loanee and Bryan Oviedo. In the end I gave it to Barry and I firmly believe he fails to get the credit he deserves. I think he’s one of the best in the league at what he does, and it would be a very bad decision not to sign him permanently at the end of the season.
This was a very big game for Bryan Oviedo, finally getting the opportunity to prove himself after a year and a half as Baines’ understudy. It’s not easy to be competing against Leighton Baines, but he has waited patiently for a chance and when it arrived he took it very well. He looked solid defensively and looked very strong when attacking. Someone of the crosses were inch perfect and to top it all off he scored a very nice right footed shot from outside the eighteen yard box.
I think our next two games will really show how good Everton are, I would be very happy with 2 points, but I must say I am quite optimistic about the United game and believe there is a good chance we could pull off an upset. The Arsenal game however promises to be very tough, especially considering their current form and a point at the Emirates would be an excellent result.
So Blues what are your predictions for the up and coming games?