Everton v Blackpool Player Ratings

Tim Howard 8

Pulled off a couple of crucial saves and did enough to un-nerve Kevin Phillips ahead of his penalty kick late on.

Tony Hibbert 8

A solid display. Strong in the tackle and delivered a number of pinpoint crosses into the box.

Phil Neville 8

Dropped back into defence to cover the forward runs of Distin and Heitinga when needed and marshalled the team expertly.

John Heitinga 7.5

Assured for the most part. Penalty decision against him was harsh, but could easily have been penalised for the foul seconds before.

Sylvain Distin 8.5

Continues to go from strength to strength. Needs to be offered a contract extension asap.

Leighton Baines 8

Enjoyed the relative freedom he was allowed to surge forward, but equally assured defensively.

Darron Gibson 7

Another somewhat underwhelming performance. May be still lacking in match fitness, but needs to be stronger in the challenge.

Marouane Fellaini 8.5

Another sublime first-half performance. Faded somewhat in the second, but once more instrumental in Everton’s best attacking moves.

Magaye Gueye 8

An excellent first half. Instrumental in the opening goal and delivered excellent crosses and corners. Underlined today why he should have been given more game time in place of Bilyaletdinov earlier in the season.

Royston Drenthe 8

Brilliant, yet frustrating in equal measure. A superb finish for the opening goal and terrified the Blackpool defence with his pace, but at times his brain seems to work faster than his feet.

Denis Stracqualursi 8

Made the score line more comfortable early on when he slotted home Everton’s second. His brute force and never-say-die attitude terrorises defenders. Fast becoming a cult-hero for his work-ethic alone.

Substitutes

Seamus Coleman (replaced Gueye on 57 minutes) A welcome return from injury. Made some positive attacking runs.

Ross Barkley (replaced Gibson on 82 minutes)

Apostolos Vellios (replaced Stracquarlursi on 88 minutes)

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