Rarely had anything to do during the game against Villa. A couple of saves kept the American on his toes. The ‘keeper had no chance however in saving Petrov’s stunning equaliser, even at full stetch.
Looked very nimble despite only just recovering from his ankle injury and was very active down the right-side for the hosts and offered a lot of creativity for his side, especially when working with Cahill on the inside.
Kept strong throughout the game, didn’t put in such a valiant performance as his defensive partner Distin, but did well to keep at the likes of Bent and N’Zobgia at bay on the rare occasions they attacked. However, should have done better with a free header in the second-half just a few yards from goal.
A sterling effort from the centre-back ensured his side a clean-sheet and his tackles really made the difference at times, with a particular challenge on Abgonlahor in the Everton area a pleasing highlight.
The ever reliable left-back had a good game keeping both Bannan and Hutton at bay when they attacked on his left-flank and as ever did his fair share of offensive duties and may have won a penalty if his fall to the ground was a little more believable.
A quiet game from the full-back, but solid all the same. Never really put a foot wrong despite looking his age with a distinct lack of pace.
Got plenty of possession down the left-side and worked well with Baines, but with the amount of crosses the Russian was able to put into the Villa box his manager would have liked them to have been failrly more accurate than they were.
A better display from the young midfielder this time round as he worked well with Fellaini in the centre of the park and showed attacking spirit.
A strong performance from the Belgian in the middle. Held the ball up well and wasn’t afraid to get stuck in on the tackle and did a great job all round for his team.
A perfect arrival and positioning the box made Cahill’s job and his own very easy in creating and scoring Everton’s opening goal. The midfielder did well in the absence of Mikel Arteta and could very well be the existing replacement for the Spaniard the Toffees need.
Had the most simple of passes to allow Osman to score Everton’s opener and the Australian backed this up with an aggressive display alone on the frontline. However, the attacker never really looked like scoring and his manager will be glad to have a true striker fit soon.
Looked a bit tentative at the start of the game and failed to deal with a simple shot in the early moments, instead leaving Dunne to deal with the loose ball in dangerous circumstances, with his compatriot barely getting the ball away in time. May have done better with Everton’s opener, but had no say in the penalty after Baines sent him the wrong way.
Very much absent during Osman’s goal, allowing the midfielder to wander inside the Villa area and simply place the ball past Given. Otherwise, not too bad a performance.
The new signing from Tottenham had a quiet debut at right-back for Villa failed to deal with the likes of Baines and Bilyaletdinov, letting the latter put in too many crosses into the Villa area.
Was busy watching the wrong man when Osman arrived into the Villa box to score Everton’s opener and was a little hesitant at times to really challenge the hosts’ attackers.
Struggled to deal with the pace of Everton youngster Coleman at most points in the game and the former Liverpool man could have done better to stop both the Irishman and Tim Cahill pestering him on his side of the pitch.
The Frenchman did a fair bit of wondering during the first-half, leaving Baines and Bilyaletdinov all of the left-side to have the ball as much as the pleased until they reached Hutton’s territory.
The Bulgarian and Villa captain wasn’t at 100 per cent against the Toffees, but his equalising goal in the middle of the second-half was an outstanding effort from the midfielder, sailing in a powerful shot from at least 30 yards and Howard at full stretch couldn’t even get a fingertip on the ball.
Not the most inspiring display from the former Leeds man, didn’t really do too much wrong, but failed to offer much in the way of getting things started in the middle for his side. Made a terrible error in climbing on top of Jagielka bringing the defender down and handing Everton a penalty from which they took full advantage from.
The England international recovered from his injury picked whilst away with the national side, but looked out of sorts, especially when left to handle the frontline on his own when Heskey went off injured. The former Sunderland man rarely looked like putting Tim Howard under any pressure, mainly due to the lack of service from the men behind him.
The attacker may still be adjusting himself to being on that left-side, but this was not the best outing for the 24-year-old and failed to show the pace and creativity we all know he can produce. However, did well to grab Villa’s second with a close range header.
Came off with an apparent hamstring problem and failed to have sufficient time to place his mark on the game.
- 1 J. Mucha
Got involved a little bit after coming on, but used the game more for installation purposes into his new side.
- 18 P. Neville
Arrived late in the game and had a cracking shot to force an aerobatic save from Given, but offered little else.
- 19 M. Gueye
Came on late and had a chance to grab the winner but went wide of the goal, just. Didn’t offer much else.
- 11 D. Stracqualursi
- 22 B. Guzan
- 21 C. Clark
Came on for Heskey early on, but was mainly quiet on the right-side for Villa as Baines gladly kept the Scot in check over the course of the game.
Never really got going after coming on in the second-half and failed to offer anything substantial.
Came on late in the second-half and picked out Abgonlahor perfectly to set up Villa’s second. Other that, never really got into the game.
- 31 C. Herd
- 14 N. Delfouneso