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Southampton v Everton - Player Ratings

The scores are on the low side after a grim afternoon at St Mary's.

Jamie McDonald

Tim Howard - 6

The American is absolved of any criticism as he could do absolutely nothing for either goal and only had four other shots to deal with.

Seamus Coleman - 5

He was a touch unfortunate with the own goal as his sight was blocked by John Stones but he will still feel his body position was wrong and meant the ball went towards his own goal rather than away. Going forward he was stymied by the excellent Luke Shaw making it a rare forgettable afternoon for the Irishman.

Leighton Baines - 5 (sub Garbutt 90')

Like Coleman, Baines saw his attacking runs largely blocked by a well organised Southampton side and I can only remember him actually getting in behind the opposition defence once. The failure of our two full-backs to support the attacks was a key reason behind the defeat.

Antolin Alcaraz - 5

The Paraguyan was making just his fourth start of yet another injury ravaged season and it showed. His hapless own goal set the tone for a very disappointing day. He has shown flashes of quality during his brief Everton career but sadly we didn't see it today.

John Stones - 6

The plaudits have been coming thick and fast for Stones in recent weeks but without Sylvain Distin alongside him he looked a little vulnerable. He maybe could have done better in the build-up to the second own goal as he looked to have got his head on the ball only for it to sail over him and cannon off Coleman. There's no doubting his class though so he will certainly learn from this.

Gareth Barry - 4

This was probably his most disappointing performance in an Everton shirt. He was slow and sluggish, giving away possession and conceding cheap fouls. Barry and James McCarthy are the cornerstones of Everton's formation so if either of them fail so does the team, as it proved today.

James McCarthy - 6

McCarthy was one of Everton's better performers but in truth there was not much competition. Given we were pretty much impotent as an attacking force McCarthy's efforts in front of the back four went unrewarded.

Steven Naismith - 6

Full of running as ever but struggled to find any of his usual space 'between the lines' and struggled to link up with Lukaku.

Ross Barkley - 5

It is important to remember that Barkley is still young and so it is understandable that he sometimes struggles for consistency. Today was one of those days where the game passed him by and he was rightly taken off at the break. He will be back better than ever though.

Gerard Deulofeu - 5

Full of his usual tricks and step overs but with precious little product once more. Again given his tender years we just have to accept that he will have afternoons like this until he matures and improves his consistency.

Romelu Lukaku - 5

The big Belgian certainly gave ammunition to those who feel we should look elsewhere for a striker in the summer. His first touch was poor and the ball appeared to cannon off his shins whenever it went in his direction. He had a couple of headers that briefly worried the Saints goal but it was a largely anonymous display.

Subs:

Leon Osman - 6 (Barkley - 45')

Did help exert some control in the second half and should have won a penalty only to be the victim of a terrible decision by the referee. But, sadly, the damage had already been done.

Aiden McGeady - 7 (Deulofeu 58')

Has perhaps earned himself a starting spot against Man City next week after a spritely cameo performance but like Osman he was given too much to do.

Luke Garbutt (Baines - 90')

Made his first ever Premier League appearance for Everton but the game was in its dying embers so had little time to make an impact.