Rarely tested in the first half as Everton struggled to create a clear-cut opening, he made one easy save from an Arteta strike late in the first half from the edge of the penalty area but otherwise it was a quiet afternoon for the Finnish keeper.
He “won” the controversial free kick that led to the Bolton opening goal in a rare foray forward but otherwise he stuck to his defensive duties well and used all his experience to handle Seamus Coleman well.
Struggled against the pace of Anichebe and was caught off guard early on in the match but he made a fantastic tackle to deny the striker in the 24th minute. Knight showed excellent pace and timing to block the shot but he paid the price for it as he twisted his knee and was stretchered off, with David Wheater coming on in his place.
Gave his side the perfect start when he headed in his first goal of the season from a Stuart Holden free-kick. The defender powered a header from an unmarked position eight yards from goal, but he did get a slice of luck as the ball deflected off Heitinga and into the back of the net.
The full-back was kept busy by the lively Bilyaletdinov but he was able to limit the Russian to crosses from deep and blocked him from cutting inside and causing problems. Looked to get forward and support Elmander down the right wing and provided some neat touches but he was well off target with some of his long range shooting.
He looked comfortable on the ball and kept possession well with Holden in the middle of the pitch, nearly tested Howard in the last minute of the first half but a deflection took the ball wide of the goal.
Despite being outnumbered in the midfield Holden worked well alongside Mark Davies and they controlled much of the play with short, neat passes. The two players took it in turns to go forward so that their defenders were never left wide open against the runs of Fellaini, Cahill and Arteta.
Delivered some dangerous crosses in, especially from dead-ball situations, but he was unable to find any of his team mates so they could test Howard. He was replaced by Chung-Yong Lee.
The on-loan Chelsea striker was lively throughout, with the confidence of two goals in two games clearly showing as he looked to run at the Everton defence at every opportunity. He continued his rich vein of scoring in the 67th minute as he latched on to a header from Lee and fired past Howard for his third in three games. Replaced by Fabrice Muamba in the final minutes to a standing ovation.
Playing in an unorthodox right wing position the big Swede struggled to make as much of an impact as he normally does up front with Kevin Davies. He did drift in from the right on numerous occasions though and caused the Everton defenders problems.
A nuisance up front as always, so dominant in the air even against Distin and his flick ons were perfect for Sturridge to feed off.
The keeper had no chance with either Bolton goal, he was wrong footed by the deflection off Heitinga for the first goal and couldn't get near Sturridge's strike midway through the second half. Otherwise the American commanded his area well, came to claim any crosses coming into his box and distributed the ball quickly to set his side on their way.
The full-back didn’t have an out-and-out winger to contend with as Elmander was playing wide on the right but the Swede kept Baines busy as he drifted inside to create space for Ricketts. He delivered a dangerous left footed cross which Tim Cahill was unable to guide into the back of the net in the first half but otherwise was not able to get into dangerous positions to supply crosses for his attackers.
The defender had a busy afternoon trying to contain both Kevin Davies and Daniel Sturridge and at times he was unable to contain the Bolton forwards. He was particularly unlucky in the 10th minute when Gary Cahill’s header deflected off him wrong-footing Howard.
He had a tough time against Kevin Davies and also had to contend with Elmander when he drifted in from the right wing. Davies in particular won most of the challenges with the Frenchman but he used his pace to nullify any major chances Bolton could create.
The youngster had a quiet first half as Robinson contained him well, he made one good run and cross but there was no-one in the middle to convert his delivery. He was replaced by Beckford in the second half as Moyes changed to a more attacking formation.
Not the most popular man inside the stadium, presumably because of his history at Manchester United, but the experienced defender looked solid up against Taylor. He was never beaten for pace by the winger and restricted his crossing opportunities well.
The midfielder is so dangerous in the air but Bolton’s tall side were able to contain him, or at least anticipate the knock downs and pick them up. He linked up nicely with Tim Cahill and Anichebe but generally played in a much more withdrawn role allowing Arteta and Cahill to push forward.
Had a quiet first half where he failed to really beat Ricketts and produce anything dangerous for Anichebe to feed off. He looked dangerous when he tried to cut in from the wing but tended to hold onto the ball too long meaning he missed the chance to release a team mate. Was substituted midway through the second half and replaced by Osman.
The man in Everton’s midfield who got up to support Anichebe as much as he could. As ever the Australian was dangerous in the air and caused the Bolton defenders lots of problems inside the penalty area. He will have felt he could have done better from a Baines cross in the second half but he was caught in two minds whether to volley or head the ball and he didn’t get enough on his volley to guide the ball into the back of the net.
The striker held the ball up well and linked nicely with Cahill and Fellaini but he was unable to get a clear sight of goal for himself. Used his pace to cause both Knight and his replacement Wheater problems but he struggled playing as the lone striker. Was replaced by Jose Baxter with 11 minutes remaining.
- 1 A. Bogdán
He replaced Knight in the 28th minute after the defender twisted his knee challenging Anichebe and he looked very comfortable at the heart of the defence. He won headers against both Anichebe and Tim Cahill and kept his passing very simple.
Replaced Sturridge in the final minute of the match.
The Korean replaced Taylor in the second half and went straight to the right wing meaning Elmander moved to the left. And the winger made an immediate impact when he won a header on the edge of the box which found Sturridge who rifled his shot into the back of the net.
- 10 M. Petrov
- 19 Rodrigo
- 17 I. Klasnić
- 1 J. Mucha
- S. Duffy
- 2 T. Hibbert
- 6 P. Jagielka
On for Bilyaletdinov but had very little impact on the game apart from a long range strike that sailed harmlessly over Jaaskelainen's crossbar.
On for Coleman to support Anichebe but he was kept quiet by Gary Cahill and hardsly had a sniff of a chance.
Replaced Anichebe with 11 minutes to go and tested Jaaskelainen with a low shot in the 83rd minute but the keeper was able to tip it around the post for a corner.