Prior to last nights abysmal performance at Anfield, our regular columnist Alex Jones delivered his player ratings for the Stevenage match in the FA Cup.
St Dom-index Player Ratings for the Stevenage vs Everton game on Saturday 25th January 2014.
Joel Robles – 8
Had a quiet game but made a very good save within the first few minutes to deny the home side an early lead. My only question is will Robles be playing in the later stages of the competition?
Tony Hibbert – 7
Good to see Tony back and he put in a solid performance. He defended well and also attacked well at times. I think it would be fair to possibly let him keep him place in the team for the FA Cup tie against Swansea, but if Coleman is back then I think we need him to play him against Liverpool.
John Stones – 7
Another comfortable game, looked a tad dodgy at times, but 9 times out of 10 he will win the ball back when he’s lost it, I also hope that Stones keeps his place against Liverpool as we will need him to keep up with Strurridge and Suarez.
Phil Jagielka – 7
Had a good game and is really developing into a brilliant captain. You can see that Stones thrives off playing next to him and throughout the first half you could see Jagielka giving him help when needed.
Leighton Baines – 7
Put in a brilliant performance and looked very dangerous when we were attacking. As expected he had no trouble defending when Stevenage were attacking. I would like to see him get his name on the scoresheet again soon.
Bryan Oviedo – 7
Played brilliantly up until ‘that moment’. It was one of those things that gives you a horrible feeling in your stomach when you’re watching it. As a lot of the players have been saying, you can’t meet a nicer person than Bryan and I’m sure everyone here at St Domingos would like to wish him a speedy recovery. #GetWellBryan.
*** Kevin Mirallas – 9 MAN OF THE MATCH ***
Another brilliant performance, he was our only good player against West Brom and today, in my opinion he was yet again our best player. Every time he picked the ball up in midfield he ran at their defence causing them major problems. I hope he can perform like this against Liverpool as I think an inform Mirallas can win any team a match.
James McCarthy – 7
Didn’t have much to do as Stevenage were very much on the back foot for most of the game, because of this he was able to push forward more frequently and looked dangerous when he was attacking the box.
Gareth Barry – 7
Very similar to McCarthy, he didn’t have much to do but when he was needed he did the job. He also played some nice cross field balls to spread the play.
Aiden McGeady – 7
Looks a very promising player. He looks like he’s got everything; Strength, speed, the ability to take on a player and also a good touch. I’m sure he’ll be disappointed he didn’t get a goal but he looked like the complete player at times.
Steven Naismith – 8
I must admit I have given Naismith a lot of stick throughout the season, but today he showed why he still deserves a place in the first team. Regardless of who our opponents were, he looked very sharp and held the ball up well. It may be risky but possibly he should start ahead of Lukaku judging from his performances recently.
Leon Osman – 8
Came on for Oviedo and had a big impact on the game, creating goals for Naismith and Gueye. Looked more like his old self and controlled the game well, using his range of passing to help dictate the Blues play.
John Heitinga – 7
Possibly his last game for the club, Heitinga produced an assured performance, using his wealth of experience to ensure Everton kept a clean sheet.
Magaye Gueye – 7
The forgotten man, climbed off the bench to net Everton’s fourth and final goal. He looked relatively spritely, but I would expect this to be his last season at Everton.