St Dom-index Player Ratings for the Everton vs Southampton game on Sunday 29th December 2013.
Joel Robles – 7
Looked nervous but overall a good performance. I still think that Howard is currently a better goalkeeper but it is good to know that when Howard isn’t available we have a more than able keeper like Robles. Martinez said that Robles is blaming himself for the goal but the ball moved so much in the air there wasn’t much he could do so I have no criticism for him in that department.
Seamus Coleman – 7.5
Again a brilliant performance and yet another goal. The only negative is that Luke Shaw beat him for pace once or twice. However, apart from that it was a really good performance and the goal was very well hit. He really is developing as a player and in my opinion is currently the best full back in the league. We need to do our best to keep hold of him in January.
Sylvan Distin – 6.5
Had a decent game, but looked slightly dodgy, Southampton were playing a very high line so were closing us down very well, this meant that the centre backs didn’t have much time on the ball and sometimes exposed Distin’s poor touch.
***Antolin Alcaraz – 8.5 Man of the match***
He certainly exceeded my expectations. I thought that he would do the job and do nothing extra. However he looked very, very comfortable on the ball and from today’s performance he looks like he would fit in perfectly if we want to pass the ball out from defence. He won a lot of headers and when needed he was able to bring the ball down and look for the pass.
Leighton Baines – 7
Did what was needed but did give the ball away a few times. I’m sure he’s just a bit rusty as he’s been out for a few weeks. We saw a few late glimpses of the partnership that him and Pienaar have down the left side.
Bryan Oviedo – 7
Attacked well, however I believe that Baines is better than Oviedo when we are attacking but Oviedo is better than Baines defensively so I think it would have been interesting to see Baines play left mid and Oviedo left back.
James McCarthy – 7
A fairly quiet game but did what was needed, I think he’s a lot more effective when he has Barry nearby to give him help and instructions on where to be. He cut out some attacks well and set up our goal in a very cool fashion with a little flick over the centre backs leg.
Ross Barkley – 7
Had a game of two halves, was very energetic in the first half and was our most dangerous player. However in the second half Martinez pushed him in to more of an attacking role to help Lukaku out but he wasn’t as effective and was very quiet.
Leon Osman – 7
Started off poorly, giving the ball away on several occasions. However as the game went on he grew in confidence and was playing nice football in the middle of the park, linking up well with Barkley and McCarthy.
Steven Naismith – 7
Overall had a good game, very impressive in the air but played a few poor passes and tried to take on players in bad positions.
Romelu Lukaku – 7
For most of the game he was average but the goal brought him to life and he looked dangerous and a real threat for the last 15 minutes. Hopefully the goal will lift his confidence and he will start playing like he did towards the start of the campaign.
Kevin Mirallas – 6
In danger of believing his own hype. When he first joined he was one of our most impressive players and was scoring frequently. However when he started to get a bit of praise, you could see that it changed the way he played and he is now trying to take on too many players and is becoming too selfish. He has the potential to be a brilliant player and I hope that being dropped today will make him realise that he needs to start performing and increasing his work ethic.
Steven Pienaar – 7
Did what was expected of him when he came on. He’s never been the fastest player but his work rate is always good and will get stuck in when needed. The question that now arises is that who do we play down the left, Baines and Pienaar, Oviedo and Pienaar or Baines and Oviedo?