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Player Ratings: Swansea 3 – 0 Everton

Everton fail to offer up any sort of resistance to Swansea's progression into the fourth round of the League Cup.

Stu Forster

Tim Howard – 6

Could have done better for the first goal but was certainly left exposed by an experimental defence. Saved well from Sigurdsson at a comfortable height in the second half but could do absolutely nothing for the second after Distin’s header hit his crossbar, with a similar situation occurring for the third. Feel sorry for the American, who is being consistently let down by poor defensive displays.

Tony Hibbert – 3

Struggled against the pace and trickery of Montero all night as he was left exposed time and time again, with the Ecuadorian going past him easily to set up Dyer for the first goal. He was also miles out of position to give Emnes acres of space to fire past Howard for the third and is now leagues behind Seamus Coleman in the Everton rankings.

Antonlin Alacaraz - 4

Nearly scored following an early free kick from Garbutt, only to be denied by Tremmel. Long balls constantly gave away possession and lost Sigurdsson to allow him to score Swansea’s second with ease. Still failing to see why Everton signed him, even if he was on a free.

Sylvain Distin – 3

Hadn’t done anything wrong until a ridiculous diving header in his own box crashed against the bar and set up Sigurdsson to score. Up until then, he had managed to nullify the threat of Gomis quite well. Has been extremely poor in every performance so far and this could be the beginning of the end of his career.

Luke Garbutt – 6

In a poor display by Everton, he was their best performer. Put in a few excellent crosses early on with one nearly resulting in a goal for Alcaraz and did well against Lloyd Dyer for most of the night, but didn’t keep a close enough eye on him for the first goal.

Muhamed Besic – 5

An early turn straight into traffic gave Sigurdsson the chance to shoot, but he fired over. While neat and tidy on the ball he failed to offer anything defensively and declined to help Hibbert nullify Montero time and time again. Going forward he didn't really do anything either. Still only young though and will improve over time if his performances at the World Cup are anything to go by.

Darron Gibson – 6

Tried to push Everton forward a couple of times and had their best chance in the last minute of the game. Fired a few passes at Howard that the American wasn’t too keen to receive considering the slippery surface but kept his passing neat and tidy without offering too much. Another player who will need more game time following a long injury layoff.

Bryan Oviedo – 5

Oviedo looked good on his first start after that terrible injury last year, but was certainly lacking match fitness, which was to be expected. Made a few forward runs but nothing more, and was replaced after 58 minutes by James McCarthy. A good run out for the Costa Rican.

Christian Atsu – 5

Good, strong and fast but didn’t see much of the ball all game and was absent for large periods. He doesn’t seem to know how to track back and help out a full back either. At this moment in time, he seems to be a similar signing to Deulofeu last season.

Samuel Eto’o – 5

Had a chance in the 10th minute when put through with plenty of time, but fired horribly wide although three minutes later nearly played in Atsu with an intelligent pass through the defence. Struggled to get into the game but showed some nice touches. Substituted at half time for Lukaku.

Aiden McGeady – 3

Anonymous except for one neat turn that led to him shooting wide and was replaced by Leon Osman after 80 minutes. The Irishman needs to insert some more urgency in to his game and keep things simple rather than trying the elaborate every time.


Romelu Lukaku (45 mins) – 6

Came on at half time and went immediately on the attack, shrugging off Fernandez but smashing over the bar. Was left isolated against Ashley Williams after that, with a few of the Everton players looking like they expected him to create something out of nothing, every time.

James McCarthy (58 mins) - 6

Instantly added more urgency to the Everton midfield when he came on, but was unable to get them back in to the game as his fellow players didn't seem to be as keen to put in the same kind of effort as the Irishman.

Leon Osman (80 mins) – 5

Wasn’t on the pitch long enough to make an impact really, and didn’t see any touches of the ball with the game in the state it was when he was brought on. His introduction was a strange substitution from Martinez.

Man of the Match - Luke Garbutt

Not that anyone deserves this award following such an abject display, but Garbutt was at least impressive in parts. His defending will need work, but his crossing ability is in evidence already. Has the potential to be the long term successor to Leighton Baines, who he would do well to learn his game from.