St Dom-index Player Ratings for the Everton vs Swansea game on Sunday 16th February 2014.
Alex is back with his player ratings from Sunday’s FA Cup 5th Round tie with Swansea City. The Blues eventually overcame the Swans, but it is a performance that has divided opinion among Evertonians. Do you agree with Alex, or did someone else impress you?
Joel Robles 6.5
Had an okay game, but i think he looks too nervous on the ball, every time the ball is played to his feet he feels the need to hit it first time and this obviously restricts the accuracy he can get on the pass.
Leighton Baines 7.5
As always put in a decent performance and topped it off with a penalty, he has now scored 12 of his last 12 penalties, which is an incredible record. Baines put in a few good crosses and on a few occasions linked up with Pienaar well.
Phil Jagielka 6.5
Looked dodgy and on a few occasions switched off and left his marker. This was apparent in the first few minutes when a ball was played through and the striker ran onto it unmarked and almost gave Swansea a very early lead.
Sylvain Distin 7
Solid performance and didn’t have much work to do. I think he’s reliable but the question I keep hearing is, is he better than Stones, and currently I believe he is.
*** Seamus Coleman 8 MAN OF THE MATCH ***
My man of the match, defended very well and also attacked well, my only minor criticism is that he wasn’t running at the defenders as often as he usually does, however he was overlapping a lot more in the second half which gave Mirallas a lot more space.
Kevin Mirallas 7
Didn’t look as good as he has in recent weeks but still looked dangerous and created a few chances. Him and Traore looked like they enjoyed playing alongside each other.
Gareth Barry 6.5
I’ve heard a lot of people praising Barry and McCarthy but I thought they were both poor. They were too slow and gave the ball away too often and didn’t defend that well either.
James McCarthy 6.5
The same as I said for Barry, however I think McCarthy gave the ball away more often.
Ross Barkley 7
Still isn’t back to his best and always seems to take one touch to many. There was a lot of times he had the ball outside the area and had a clear shot, but he always seems to take one too many touches and gets tackled too often
Steven Pienaar 7
Has been poor recently. Looked better as the game progressed and did link up with Baines a few times.
Lacina Traore 7.5
A good debut and looks promising. His goal was a touch of class and I think overall he played well. His touch does look a bit dodgy though and did have some trouble holding the ball up when it was lofted to him.
Steven Naismith 8
If he had played longer he would have pushed Coleman MOM, he completely changed the game in our favour, the thing he did that no one else was doing was moving. When we received the ball in Midfield he was always making the right runs and also scored a well taken goal.
Leon Osman 7
Didn’t have much of an impact on the game and I do believe that now he’s getting older he will only be coming on for the last 20 minutes of games.