Was rarely forced with any moments of danger from the Everton attackers, but kept safe hands for when the going was getting rough at the back, showing he’s still a very capable keeper despite his advancing years with one particular dynamic safe in the secondhalf.
The much prized centre-back was obviously not at 100 per cent for the game after his stint on the sidelines, however, the one-time Arsenal target was solid in the defensive third for Rovers.
Did well with Samba to keep the Everton attackers away from Howard’s goal and never made much in the way of a mistake at the back.
A clumsy tackle on Anichebe earned the former Madrid man a booking and his sluggish pace was no match for his opposite number Baines at times. However, the Spaniard stayed strong throughout and even supplied Rovers with good crosses into the middle to spring any possible chances.
Like his team-mate on the right, Olsson was strong and solid on the opposite side, supplying Hoilett with opportunities to get busy around the Everton box.
The Norwegian wasn’t at his best during his short time on the pitch as the attacker was injured after just 33 minutes on the field for the home side.
Captaining his side for the last time, the outgoing Australian put on a solid performance in his final game for Rovers before he departs for Sydney FC. Stayed strong in the middle and helping the sets of players either side of him.
The quieter of the three Blackburn attackers. The winger did well at times to offer Roberts a chance to break through the Everton defence, but failed to do much more up top.
Worked well to help Rovers build their attacks and put in a decent passing display, but the midfielder was forced off 10 minutes from half-time and replaced by Petrovic.
Looked dangerous at times as the man up front, but never really threatened the Everton goal as the visitors’ defence shut the striker out and should have made better use of the chances he did get, as he was occasionally guilty of a heavy foot.
The ever lively winger wasn’t afraid to show his aggressive side against the Toffees and got booked for his late challenge on Baines. Should have put his side ahead shortly after the restart after Formica won a penalty. However, the attacker’s spot-kick was saved by Howard and couldn’t follow up with the rebound.
The American gave himself no chance for Hoilett’s early chance that had the keeper beaten and was lucky the ball richocheted safely away from his goal. However, Howard did well to clear his fair amount of Blackburn attacks including their vast amount of corners and free-kicks. Made a fantastic save to keep out Hoilett's penalty and will be delighted with a clean sheet.
Retained his position just ahead of the Toffees’ defence and generally looked strong, holding the ball up well to give time for the men up front to get in place for an attacking break.
The full-back was one of Everton’s better players once more and impressed both defensively and offensively. He and Arteta looked to have an understanding as the two played the ball well between them, with Baines cutting the play inside for the Spaniard on a regular basis.
Much like Jagielka, had a busy afternoon keeping out Blackburn, but was the quieter of the two as the main action happened at his partner’s side amongst the likes of Junior Hoilett and Martin Olsson.
It wasn’t hard for the centre-back to put on a better performance than he did last weekend, but the defender did well to keep Blackburn’s attackers from having a go at Howard’s goal, bar one attempt from Hoilett that somehow stayed out of the net as the Everton back four gave the winger too much room. Could have been a villain for Everton as he brought down Formica to give Rovers their second penalty, but the attacker failed to convert.
Worked well with Baines as the two played some attractive football together. Scored the winner for Everton right at the end for Everton from the penalty spot and made Blackburn rue their wasted opportunities after missing two of their own.
Looked good in the middle for Everton as the midfielder frequently got his team going on their attacking phases. However Osman failed to offer much more and was replaced by Bilyaletdinov.
Playing as Everton’s right-back today, the veteran did well to get forward as well as keep up with his defensive duties. Olsson and Hoilett definitely kept the former Manchester man busy, but he dealt with their constant threats well.
Failed to keep up his bright performance against QPR last week and was the culprit when it came to Blackburn’s penalty, bringing down Mauro Formica. His quiet display left his manager with no choice but to bring him off after the restart for Cahill.
Should have scored for Everton in the second-half as the Blackburn defenders gave the midfielder all the time in the world to strike at Robinson’s net, but the Belgian didn’t make the best of it and wasted a perfectly good opportunity for Everton to take the game narrowly.
Playing in his first game of the season, the striker didn’t look particularly great up top for the Toffees and was very sluggish without.
- 13 M. Bunn
- 31 G. Hanley
The attacker was brought on for midfielder David Dunn late in the first half. Did well to win Blackburn’s early penalty in the second half, with Hoilett failing to convert. However, should have scored his own penalty close to full-time but could only hit the post.
- 35 J. Lowe
Came on for Pedersen in the first-half and got booked within just 10 minutes of entering the game. Didn’t offer much during the game and fell very quiet during the second half.
- 20 Rubén Rochina
Came on late in the second half, but couldn’t offer as much as he did in midweek in his team’s League Cup action.
- 1 J. Mucha
- 2 T. Hibbert
Back from suspension, the Russian midfielder got himself straight into the action after coming on in the second half. The attacker could have made better use of his time on the ball however, as he was able to cast a shot or two at Robinson, albeit wide of his goal.
Came on for Barkley, but never really got going for Everton, as the Australian failed to get as involved as he did last week at Goodison Park.
- 27 A. Vellios
Brought on late and failed to make an impression on the game.
- J. Baxter