Found his goal peppered with shots but rarely had to deal with many of them as Everton failed to hit the target. Won't have filled his team-mates with much confidence after a few flaps at crosses and some questionable distribution that played his side into trouble.
Took more interest in his attacking role than his defensive duties, as has been the case most of this season. Left his side vulnerable on the counter as a result and was quickly made to readjust after Deulofeu demonstrated his ability.
Had to contend with fellow countryman Deulofeu, who often got the better of him. Tried to make up for it by producing a threat at the other end and enjoyed some joy against Coleman as Sunderland improved in the second period.
Back in the heart of the Sunderland defence after sitting out the trip to White Hart Lane, he gave his side a much sturdier platform than the one they had in London, but it still wasn't enough to clinch that much needed cleansheet.
Battered and bruised after the Tottenham game, he dealt with the threat of Lukaku all afternoon but still proved the villain as he turned the ball into his own net.
Booked for foul on Baines in the opening stages and his tussle with the England full-back was always going to prove key. Posed a few problems and got into promising positions but found his final ball was lacking more often than not.
The captain led by example as his tough tackling and determination to get to every ball saw Sunderland match a midfield that been used to getting its own way in recent outings.
Proved the match winner when the sides met at Goodison Park earlier in the season and had chances here to do yet more damage to Howard's goal. The American was more than equal this time however and kept out a number of long range efforts from the Korean.
Favoured ahead of Bridcutt in midfield, the midfielder failed to take his chance i the centre of the park. Didn't make those lung-busting runs that saw him run Newcastle ragged in Sunderland's last league win and the more conservative approach just didn't suit his style of play.
Brought back in up top but struggled to assert himself on Everton's impressive centre-back pairing. Played up top by himself for most of the game, and despite working hard, failed to really get into it.
Showed a lack of composure as his refusal to take a first touch saw a couple of promising Sunderland attacks break down. His alertness still caught Everton on the hop and latching onto Baines' back-pass provided the hosts with one of their best chances.
Sent off in the reverse fixture this season, that would have probably played on his mind as he let Borini round him in the opening half. Would have been thankful to see Stones back on the line to clear.
His reliability in the air made Sunderland's long-ball tactic largely redundant. Wickham and Borini were both easily dealt with and even when Howard was beaten, the defender was there to ensure Sunderland had no route to goal.
Seeing how many problems Deulofeu was causing the home side, the right-back was only too happy to get forward and help his team-mate. Booked as he began to struggle with the pressure down his flank.
His forays forward in open play left the home side's defence on the back foot and some of his passing provided Everton with their best chances. Could quite produce the same effect with his set pieces, wasting both decent crossing and shooting opportunities.
His reading of the game and a good understanding with Stones made it virtually impossible for Sunderland to get any joy through the middle. Never seems to move quickly, but then again, he never needed to today.
Has a habit of netting against teams from the North East but didn't get any such chance this afternoon. Had to be tougher in midfield alongside McCarthy as they came up against a Sunderland side which were up for the fight. Coped though, just about.
Recovered from a nasty cut to his face against Arsenal to start this one, but never really got into the game. Wasn't able to get forward quickly enough to support his side on the break and was taken off for Barkley around the hour mark.
His measured distribution from the middle of the park set up a string of Everton counter-attacks and his defensive capabilities were on display too, with some last-ditch tackles getting his side out of bother in their own area.
Had scored three goals in three appearances against the Black Cats but had a pretty tame opening 45, with only one chance really falling to the Belgian. Never got a sniff all afternoon though as Sunderland's back pair coped well throughout.
Came in on the flank for Mirallas and posed a real threat to the Sunderland defence with his pace. Went toe-to-toe with fellow Spaniard Alonso on the right and gave him a real headache. The own goal was entirely of the tricky winger's creating.
On target against Arsenal last weekend but missed a glorious chance to put his side ahead here when he blasted over. Was put into promising positions all afternoon but just couldn't hit the target.