Made several decent stops, notably from Sessegnon and Colback, but possibly could have done better for Johnson’s opener by being quicker out from his goal.
Got forward whenever the opportunity arose but with erratic outcomes, as he almost won a penalty and played a key role in a number of Everton attacks, but his crossing was far from great. He was caught out of position in defence a few times, but Sunderland failed to punish him.
Not the tallest of centre-backs, but won a good number of headers in defence and he used the ball well too. Early Sunderland chances perhaps showed his lack of pace, but Howard was there to bail him and the defence out.
Far and away Everton’s most dangerous attacker on the day, even from defence. His forays forward were endless and threatening, terrorising Gardner at times, but his final ball was surprisingly erratic. On a number of occasions he got behind the defence to cut a pass back, but every single time a Sunderland player was there to clear.
Tried to be a little too clever on the ball and nearly gifted Sunderland a chance in the first half. Generally he dealt well with Fletcher, but early on the movement of him and Sessegnon caused headaches for the England international.
Some flashy touches and flicks early on but he faded, and quite badly. He lost possession on a number of occasions and his deliveries into the penalty area hit the first man more often than not. He will be disappointed with his showing today.
Received a great introduction from the Everton fans after his recent England call-up, but he was quiet throughout. He kept his passing short, although they were a little wayward after the break. He is a clever little player, and although the crowded midfield did seem to have an effect on him, he still played a crucial role in both Everton goals.
The former Manchester United man’s passing was very pragmatic, always just a couple of feet and never adventurous, but his support of the defence was invaluable at times, particularly when halting a Sessegnon break in the second half.
Involved a great deal as Jelavic was constantly looking for him. Laid off the play to wingers many times and was continuously bringing other players into attacks, however he did find himself crowded out a lot, particularly with the presence of John O’Shea, but in the end he made the difference by equalising with a great strike before setting up Jelavic.
The Belgian only lasted for 30 minutes as he was substituted after pulling his left hamstring, but he caused no end of problems while he was on the pitch. He constantly attacked Gardner and got into the box often, but it was not to last. He was replaced by the ineffective Naismith.
The big Croatian was full of running and was everywhere, putting his foot in, beating his man and bringing others into play and he was eventually rewarded with a goal when he got on the end of Fellaini’s delightful flick.
Everton certainly applied plenty of pressure, but they did not scretch him. The Belgian did what he had to do, and coped well enough when called upon, but could do little about either goal.
The Irishman was solid for the first 70 minutes or so, sticking very close to Jelavic, but then in the space of just a couple of minutes he played a role in both of Everton’s goals. Firstly he failed to close down Fellaini, and then a flick from the Belgian went straight through his legs for Jelavic to bury.
Sometimes tries to over complicate things at the back, but he looked focused today. There were a couple of instances where he played a teammate into trouble, but he was not punished. He put in a number of towering headers and some last-ditch tackles.
Got his first goal for the club on his 150th Premier League appearance as he lost his marker at the far post and nipped in front of Howard to opening the scoring. Apart from that, he did precious little. Even with Baines getting forward as often as possible, he did not get himself into anywhere near enough space.
The midfielder did not have much effect on the match in truth. He looked to be coping well with Osman, but the Everton man played a key role in both Everton goals, when Colback should have been tighter to him. His passing was good, but he was not attentive enough off the ball.
The Irish winger has not had a great season so far and he did not look overly impressive again today. He tried to get into dangerous areas, but more often than not he found himself cutting in and thus stifling his affectivity.
He was playing out of position at right-back and struggled for most of the match, with Baines and Pienaar having him sweating constantly. Produced an assist for Johnson’s opener, but did not have much more influence.
Did not have the influence he would have liked as he really did not get a great deal of possession, particularly after the break when Everton really dominated. His set-pieces were decent on the whole, but he could not use his creativity how he would have liked.
The Benin international looked very dangerous early on and should have scored to make it 1-0 but was denied by Howard. As the match went on he became more intent on doing things alone only for them to go wrong. Once Fletcher went off for Saha, he barely had a touch.
Should have opened the scoring himself inside the first ten minutes, but just missed the far post. He generally looked isolated and the service to him was pretty poor, therefore he did not have much effect on the match.