Everton (in the end) cruised through to the last sixteen of the Europa League even if they did give us an early fright. Dynamo Kiev await in the next round and although the Ukrainians represent difficult opposition they are certainly not the force they were in the days of Rebrov and Shevchenko.
1. Young full back Luke Garbutt should be rewarded with a lucrative long term contract and many more opportunities to impress and put pressure on Leighton Baines. The England U21 defender was superb, particularly in setting up Lukaku for Everton’s second of the night.
2. As good as Garbutt played, Everton’s man of the match was Darron Gibson. Starting the game for the first time in the Europa League campaign he looked immense through the middle of the park and his positive forward play, which was rewarded just before half time, was particularly refreshing. His defence splitting through ball to set Kevin Mirallas free to score Everton’s third was brilliant and represented exactly what Everton have been crying out for all season.
3. I thought the turn out was disappointing. The large empty spaces around Goodison were a reflection of the ease in which Everton had won the first leg tie and possibly the negativity that has surrounded recent league performances, but if Everton are going to progress towards the latter stages they will need Goodison to be full and to have the crowd right behind them.