Was a little tentative on crosses, opting to punch rather than catch on occasion but was otherwise solid. Was typically vocal in organising his defence but wasn't kept terribly busy.
Showed pace and verve down the right hand side, never giving Phil Bardsley a moments rest on the break and very nearly scoring a third for the hosts on the 78th minute mark with a strike from a tight angle. Left Phil Neville a little isolated on occasion having failed to track back but the Irish youngster is continuing to prove himself as a top level performer.
Looked very secure on the back and delivered a majestic sliding tackle on Kieran Richardson just before half time to stop the former Manchester United man delivering a cross into Asamoah Gyan. Was formidable in the air.
Was uncharacteristically wasteful from the left-hand side but redeemed himself with a number of dangerous set piece deliveries that cause Steve Mignolet all sorts of trouble.
As has been the norm this season, the Frenchman personified a consistency that has so often been found wanting from his team as a whole, pairing up with Phil Jagielka to keep Asamoah Gyan largely quiet.
Showed moments of absolute class in Everton's midfield, none more so than his assist for Beckford's opener, weighting a perfect ball into the striker's path. Drifting in from the left and sometimes commanding the pace of proceedings from the centre of the park, Osman linked with Saha and Beckford with deadly ease.
Picked up what could potentially be a nasty injury just before half-time, getting his leg caught in the ground as he went in for a challenge. The Belgian had gone largely unnoticed in the opening period but David Moyes will certainly be concerned in regards to his potential absence.
The Toffees captain delivered a typically solid performance once again at Goodison Park following his penalty heroics against Chelsea last week. The former Manchester United man dealt superbly with the counter attacking Black Cats, frustrating Elmohamady in particular.
The former Leeds man was given another chance to impress from the start and took only eight minutes to repay David Moyes for the faith he had put in him, showing lightning sharpness to get into the six-yard box and give the Toffees the lead. Continued to frighten the Black Cats defence throughout the match and looked to link up with Louis Saha in and around the Sunderland box up until he came off through injury on the 73rd minute.
The Frenchman linked up brilliantly with Jermaine Beckford and used his strength to knock the ball to Osman in the build up to Everton's opener. Exploited space left by the Black Cats defenders in and around the 18-yard box and always looked likely to cause the visitors problems. Was substituted late on for Bilyaletdinov.
It would be unfair to blame Mignolet for either of Beckford's goals, having being left helpless by some terrible defending in front of him. Was hesitant with high balls and was fortunate that Everton didn't look to exploit his evident nerves further. That said, the Belgian pulled off a superb double save on the 62nd minute to deny Saha and Coleman respectively.
Looked very uncomfortable on the right hand side and struggled to cope with the magnificent Osman. Rarely strayed forward to offer his teammates some support on the break and will be disappointed with his showing on Merseyside, which was brought to an end with a 67th minute substitution.
Squandered a fine chance in the opening five minutes but was a nuisance for the Toffees defenders throughout, making intelligent darting runs in the gaps between defence and midfield. Very dangerous but a little lacking with the final product
Distributed superbly from the back, trying to find Asamoah Gyan with a number of balls over the top but was a little hesitant at the back, failing to take incisive action on more than one occasion and allowing the Toffees to shoot on sight .
Was beaten for pace in the lead up to Everton's opener, letting Jermaine Beckford speed past him and dink the ball past Mignolet. Was heavy with his touch when Sunderland were looking to build up periods of possession and didn't enjoy the best of days.
Gave away possession from the back and struggled to cope with Everton's pace on the counter attack. Coleman ran at Bardsley time and again and the former Manchester United man cut a disconsolate figure each time, probably knowing that the Irishman had the better of him all afternoon.
Kept possession well in the second half having been terribly wasteful in the first period. That said, the Ghanaian international rarely looked to make the incisive pass through to his strikers and let the game pass him by on a number of occasions. Was brought off to next to no acclaim from his supporters on the 77th minute.
Looked a little off the pace in the first half and never really managed to gain a foothold in the game, characterised in the 24th minute getting caught offside when there was really no need to, wasting a fine opportunity for Steve Bruce's side. Sloppy alongside Muntari.
Hit an absolutely fantastic effort on the 27th minute mark only to see it cannon off the underside of Tim Howard's bar. Looked a class above some of the players around him on the ball but his distribution was found wanting as he struggled to keep up the pace of the game as it wore on in the second half.
Ahmed El Mohamady
Made attempts to break forward for Steve Bruce's side but rarely looked likely to breach the Everton defence, running down cul-de-sacs and failing to link up with those around him. Took some initiative to get the ball down and play when the Toffees appeared in complete control but wasn't able to prove to be the catalyst that the visitors so desperately needed.
Was left to play up front on his own for large periods and was bullied out of the game by Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin. To be fair to Gyan, he didn't stop moving but was let down time and again by his midfielders, whose distribution was very disappointing. A largely frustrating afternoon for the Black Cats striker.
- 1 J. Mucha
- 2 T. Hibbert
- 5 J. Heitinga
Was brought on in the last ten minutes to see the game out but the tie was already settled on his introduction and fortunately so, with the Russian blazing over after some neat interchange from Cahill and Baines.
Came on just before half time for Marouane Fellaini and settled well into the Everton midfield, taking some nice touches and hassling his Sunderland counterparts.
- 37 J. Baxter
Replaced Jermaine Beckford with just over 15 minutes remaining and sat as expected, sat a little deeper than the former Leeds man, keeping the ball well and linking up midfield and defence with consummate ease.
- 1 C. Gordon
- 7 B. Zenden
- 25 J. Colback
- 16 C. Riveros
Replaced the largely ineffective Sulley Muntari with just over ten minutes to go but wasn't able to make much of an impact for the visitors.
Brought on for Anton Ferdinand with just over 20 minutes remaining to make his Premier League debut. The England U19 youngster looked bright and added some much needed spark to the visitor's play.