Everton 2 Sunderland 0: Defeat for Black Cats but who scooped man of the match?

Sunderland went down 2-0 to Everton at Goodison Park after goals from Idrissa Gana and Romelu Lukaku.
Lamine Kone in action at Goodison ParkLamine Kone in action at Goodison Park
Lamine Kone in action at Goodison Park

How did the players rate? Richard Mennear gives his ratings here:

Sunderland AFC:

Jordan Pickford: Nervy start, spilled low drive from Lookman but recovered well to save with his legs from Gana. Had no chance with opener. Handling nervy throughout. Smart saves as game wore on....6

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Billy Jones: Tough start to proceedings, with Everton winning four corners in first five minutes. Gana caused him problems. Went off with a head injury late on....6

John O'Shea (C): Made some timely interceptions against a wave of blue shirts. Much improved from Southampton display.....6

Lamine Kone: Few nervous moments, Gana also turned him too easily. Hard work cut-out against Lukaku, who beat him too often....5

Bryan Oviedo: Torried opening spell, Everton dominated. Didn't pick up Coleman to help prevent cross for opener. Tough afternoon. Beaten by Lukaku for second..5

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Darron Gibson: Booked for clattering into Lookman. Lost Gana for the opening goal. Worked hard but struggled to make a big impact. Subbed late in second half....6

Seb Larsson: Poor set pieces, expecially corners. Offered little first half. Was more involved after the break. Gave the ball away when Sunderland looked to break...5

Didier Ndong: On the receiving end of a nasty foul down his ankle, struggled to make an impact throughout.....5

Adnan Januzaj: Sunderland needed more from him. Did play in Jermain Defoe for his effort off the bar but struggled against Toffees defence....5

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Fabio Borini: Similar to Larsson, failed to make an impact first half on his return to the side. Brighter second, saw one effort blocked....5

Jermain Defoe: Had very little service, needed more support from Borini and Januzaj. Saw a good effort cannon off the crossbar moments before Everton scored their second....6


George Honeyman (for Gibson, 79): Within a minute of coming on, Everton made it 2-0....5

Wahbi Khazri (for Borni, 79): Game was over within a minute of his arrival....5

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Javier Manquillo (for Jones, 90): Late sub with the game already over.....5

Subs Not Used: Mika, Lescott, Love, Gooch.

Booked: Gibson (35), Oviedo (77)

Goals: None


Robles 6, Coleman 8, Williams 7, Funes Mori 7, Baines 7, Gana 7, Schneiderlin 7, Davies 7 (Valencia, 70, 7), Lookman 7 (Mirallas, 60, 7), Barkley 8 (McCarthy, 82, 7), Lukaku, 8.

Subs not used: Stekelenburg, Jagielka, Barry, Holgate.

Booked: None

Goals: Gana (40), Lukaku (80)

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire) Steady performance from the man in the middle. Got the big decisions correct.

Attendance: 39,595