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Player ratings from Everton's draw against Lille

A professional Blues performance helped them maintain the top spot in Group H

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Here's our player ratings from Everton's scoreless Europa League draw against Lille on Thursday. Let us know if you agree.

Tim Howard: 6

Howard didn't have much to do in terms of shots at goal and therefore was a bystander for the majority of the evening. There was two instances where Divock Origi looked to have been put through on goal but the American was quick to act to avert the danger.

Tony Hibbert: 7

Defensively, a very solid performance from the veteran. In the first half, Hibbert - along with the rest of the Everton backline, only just coped with the pace and energy of the Lille front three. Second half however, Hibbert nullified the Lille left and got forward well on a few occasions.

Phil Jagielka: 8

Finally we are seeing the Jagielka of old and not the Jagielka theorised as too old. The Everton skipper got in the way to scupper most of Lille's final third attacks..

Sylvain Distin: 7

There was one instance in the first half were he was beaten for pace by Origi but fortunately his cross was over hit, other than that Distin had a relatively solid game.

Leighton Baines: 7/8

Baines had an exceptional game defensively and was one of the key men going forward, as always.

Muhamed Bešić: 7

Bešić was comfortable and composed in possession and broke down a lot of Lille's play in the midfield, that misguided back-heel against Chelsea is quickly becoming a distant memory to this young confident midfielder.

Gareth Barry: 8

One of Barry's best performances of the season so far, he broke up a countless amount of Lille attacks and I can't recall him giving the ball away once. A real battle developed between himself and Bešić and Lille's Florent Balmont and Idrissa Gueye and their stalemate was indicative to the stalemate between the two teams.

Aiden McGeady: 6

The Irishman was incredibly frustrating this evening; wingers are by nature, but McGeady needed to be the out ball. First half he was making excellent runs but wasn't being picked out. Second half he saw a lot more of the ball but didn't do much with it.

Ross Barkley: 6

It was a big ask for Barkley to play two games in five days after such a lengthy lay-off through injury, so it can be expected that he did not have the effect on the game as his high standards demand. In addition the state of the Lille pitch didn't help the technically influenced style of play of the likes of Barkley. The important thing for Barkley is that he completed 90 minutes.

Steven Pienaar: 6

Pienaar was the most creative player in the first half for the Toffees - almost getting on the end of a Samuel Eto'o ball along the six-yard box and combining with the Cameroonian but Eto'o unfortunately couldn't finish the opportunity. The South African's lack of fitness showed in the second half as his contributions tailed off before being substituted.

Samuel Eto'o: 7

Eto'o led the line well in the first half and helped the team out by dropping into midfield when Lille had us under pressure. Came close to breaking the deadlock on two occasions and provided a constant threat to the impressive Lille defence.


Romelu Lukaku (Steven Pienaar 63'): 7

Everton's control of the game only increased when Lukaku came on. The big man stretched the Lille defence and made the game more open. This being Lille's second of three home fixtures in the group, they looked to push for the win but were too fearful of an Everton counter, with Lukaku leading the line. He made an instant impact by playing in McGeady with his first touch.

Christian Atsu (Aiden McGeady 82'): 5

Atsu didn't really have enough time to have a real impact on the game but there was only one instance of him touching the ball that comes to mind, when he beat his marker and looked to play in Eto'o.

James McCarthy (Ross Barkley 90+3'): N/A

McCarthy didn't have a chance to touch the ball before final whistle, although that was the intention in his substitution.

Man of the Match: Phil Jagielka

Both Jagielka and Gareth Barry made it a hard decision for man of the match and perhaps it's my own bias in wanting Jagielka back to his solid self that edged it. I also felt Leighton Baines was another contender for the best player.