Looking at this fixture in Lille, it looked to be a hard task to break the French side down, something they're known for back in France. However, Martinez set the Blues out to display yet another stellar performance, as we romped home 3-0 winners. So, lets look at what each of the players did well on Thursday.
Tim Howard- 7 - The American international didn't exactly have much to do, but made the odd important save and was vocal all the way through the game. Tim also kept a clean sheet which reflected well upon the team.
Tony Hibbert- 7.5 - I thought Tony's performances yesterday was better than his showing in Lille. He seemingly had Origi in his back pocket all game, as the Belgian forward didn't create as much as he did in the return fixture. Hibbert also combined well with both the winger in front of him, but also he linked up strongly with the rest of the defence.
Sylvain Distin- 8 - I think Distin has given himself a lot of making up to do with the club. I think personally Thursdays game went a long way to proving he is still more than capable to the high paced football that's required. Distin contributed and assisted massively in keeping the clean sheet.
Phil Jagielka- 8 - Another fantastic showing from the captain. Another fantastic goal to go with that! Jags also gave adequate cover for Howard all game and provided an attacking option from dead ball situations.
Leighton Baines - 8 - Bainsey never fails in my opinion and it was a fair while ago we talked about him having an off day. Easily England's best left back and possibly in the top 3 in league. He moves us forward down his wing and doesn't let a thing passed him. Leighton showed a real calm and professional head early on in the game.
Aiden McGeady- 6 - Overall McGeady wasn't bad, but he wasn't up to the rest of team's standards. Think he was due and average performance after a couple of good showings in the league and in Krasnodar. There is a few things Aiden could do with working on in order to solidify his place in the team.
James McCarthy- 9.5 - I there anything the lad can't do?! He will cover every blade of grass on the field, win you the ball and then look to start and attack. McCarthy is certainly one of those players you notice a lot more when he isn't on the field. His work rate on Thursday, matched with his tackling and passing, made it exceptionally difficult for the French side to keep the ball in midfield.
Gareth Barry- 8 - Gareth is yet another player that rarely lets the side down. His experience combined with Jagielka's seen us through the tougher parts of Thursday's game. He has the creative side to him, that helped spark a few attacks in this particular match.
Leon Osman- 8 - Leon played a fairly consistent game, helping himself the our first goal of the match. Ossie has also been criticized in recent matches for his slow tempo when on the ball and lack of attacking movement, however, he quashed plenty of those thoughts on Thursday.
Steven Naismith- 8.5 - Another player who's work rate can't be argued with he took us forward consistently, notching a goal of his own in the fashion he did, really proves how far he has come since joining the club.
Romelu Lukaku- 7.5 - I think Rom is getting strong every game we see him, he held the ball up alot better on Thursday and his distribution is improving. I think Thursday was one of Lukaku's better games this season but he still has a way to go to reach his full potential.
Darron Gibson, Muhamed Besic and Christian Atsu all appeared as substitutes on the night.