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Everton player ratings as Jordan Pickford sensational but three men awful against Aston Villa

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Jordan Pickford – 9

The score shows just how impressive the Everton goalkeeper was despite a loss. He could do nothing about either goal, and some of the saves he pulled out in the first half particularly were absolutely extraordinary.

Seamus Coleman – 5

A really energetic performance from the full back once again, but it wasn’t enough to affect the result in the end. He contained the threat of El Ghazi pretty well until the winger had to drop inside to find the winning goal of the match.

Ben Godfrey – 5

Was called upon on multiple occasions to save his side after mistakes further up the pitch, but in the same vein this wasn’t his most comfortable display in a blue shirt.

Mason Holgate – 4

Some really sloppy play allowed Watkins a chance to score, which he graciously accepted to give the visitors the lead. In general Holgate was too sloppy in possession and not alert enough to the danger from Villa.

Lucas Digne – 6

A fantastic cross to Calvert-Lewin for the corner set up Everton’s equalising goal earns him an extra point, but Bertrand Traore caused a lot of problems down the left flank for the full back as he was left out-numbered on too many occasions.

Allan – 6

Typically vibrant in the centre of the pitch in constantly chasing Villa down and breaking up their play, but Ross Barkley found far too much space as the first half went on. Things improved again in the second period, but not enough for the Blues.

Andre Gomes – 4

Wasn’t composed enough in possession throughout his time on the pitch, either taking too much time and having it stolen from him or being sloppy in his passing. He could have little complaint when being replaced by Fabian Delph with 20 minutes to go.

Alex Iwobi – 4

A late addition to the starting line-up, Iwobi took a little bit to get going but did show signs towards the end of the first half of some improvement. That faded again in the second period, however, and he was replaced by Bernard.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – 6

Saw a couple of attempted shots on goal blocked which looked as if they could have caused problems, but his decision-making around the box in the second half left a lot to be desired. Was replaced late on by Joshua King.

Richarlison – 6

It was his presence in the centre of the pitch that won Everton the corner they scored from. The Blues looked much more dangerous as soon as he came central and that’s no coincidence, but again his decisions in the second half were questionable.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 7

A typically great target-man performance from the England international in the first half, capped off with a good header at the back post to bring Everton level. He was hardly given a sniff in the second period, however.

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Fabian Delph – 5

Didn’t add enough when introduced from the bench.

Bernard – 6

Was intent on trying to create chances when he was brought on and looked vibrant at least.

Joshua King – 6

Had one good attempt which flashed just past the post, but was hardly given enough time to affect matters again.

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