West Brom 1-1 Everton - Player ratings

Stu Forster

We rank the Everton players who laboured to a 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns on Monday evening.

Tim Howard - 6

Had to be alert to turn away a dangerous Nicolas Anelka cross early on but otherwise had a quiet evening - until he picked the ball out of his net.

Seamus Coleman - 6

Failed to live up to his recent high standards, taking his time to get in the game and often being forced back as the Baggies exploited space in behind him. Hobbled off with a hamstring injury too which is a big worry.

Leighton Baines - 6

He loses a mark for diving to win a free kick in the first half - looked like he been taking lessons of our Uruguayan friend across the park. Yet to hit to speed since returning from injury.

Phil Jagielka - 6

Looked like he was carrying a few excess pounds, though I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he was just wearing extra layers under his shirt. Either way he was at steady without being spectacular.

Sylvain Distin - 6

Given he is 36-year-old and was just returning from injury, Distin slotted back into the side seamlessly. However, he may feel he should have got closer to Lugano for the equaliser.

Leon Osman - 5

Played out of position on the left and looked to cut inside, but struggled to impose himself. Is much more effective in the middle.

Bryan Oviedo - 5

Left-footed Oviedo began on the right and looked to cut inside like Osman. He had two early efforts towards goal that went just wide but faded as the match wore on.

Gareth Barry - 6

Another steady display from one of Everton's most reliable midfielders, but his efforts in keeping and turning over possession rarely produced an attacking opportunity.

James McCarthy - 6

A fairly anonymous performance from the Irishman, especially in the second half, though he wasn't alone.

Kevin Mirallas - 7

Took his goal well but struggles to carry the creative burden without the likes of Steven Pienaar and Ross Barkley.

Romelu Lukaku - 5

Comfortably his worst performance in an Everton shirt, meaning Martinez's quest to sign a new striker will have gained urgency. Tiredness and complacency may well be a factor, meaning the extra rest and competition brought by fresh attacking faces can only be a good thing.

Subs:

Stones (Coleman '79) McGeady (Oviedo '80) and Naismith (Osman '89) all came on too late to make a real impact - though perhaps that was part of the problem, should Martinez have made changes earlier?

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