St Dom-index Player Ratings for the Everton vs. Fulham game on Saturday 14th December 2013.
Tim Howard – 8
Seamus Coleman – 9
Sylvain Distin – 7
Phil Jagielka – 7
Bryan Oviedo – 7.5
Steven Pienaar – 8
Gareth Barry – 7
Ross Barkley – 8
Leon Osman – 8
Gerard Deulofeu – 7
Romelu Lukaku – 6.5
John Stones – N/A
Kevin Mirallas – 7
The Blue Match Review
Another home win and another four goals scored. The scoreline didn’t however fully reflect the blues performance. After two brilliant displays against Arsenal and Manchester United this game was slightly disappointing. At times we were a little sloppy in possession, giving the ball away far too easily and as a result we let Fulham back into the game when it really should have a been as straight forward as the final score suggests.
The first half started relatively slowly, although Everton were on top throughout and took a deserved lead through Leon Osman. His quick feet created the opportunity and his finish was exemplary.
In the second half Fulham changed their game plan, looking to close us down quickly and giving us little or no time on the ball. Everton struggled to adapt to this and were very much on the back foot. A soft penalty converted by Berbatov levelled the scores and all of a sudden Everton were fighting for the three points.
The response from the Blues was particular pleasing, as they gradually built pressure on the Fulham defence before retaking the lead with a fabulous free-flowing move. Seamus Coleman capped a fantastic individual performance with the crucial second goal, but it was the build-up work involving Pienaar and Lukaku that was particularly impressive.
After the second goal, the player visibly grew in confidence and showed the Goodison crowd glimpses of what they can do. Barry’s goal in the 84th minute from a scrappy corner made it 3-1 before substitute Mirallas added a late fourth.
The introduction of Mirallas lifted Everton’s play, but it was a huge disappointment to hear that Deulofeu is going to be out for a while, the injury coming just as he started to settle in to the team.
Everton were far from their best, however winning but not playing well is the sign of a very good team.
If we are serious about qualifying for Europe our next few games are must win games. We need to be beating Swansea, Sunderland, Southampton and Stoke. I really think that if we can get 12 points from these games then we can get that all important top four finish.