Pulled off a string of fine stops to keep Everton at bay during the game, and while the majority were in a good area for him, he was an assured figure, and was unlucky with the second goal.
Battled gamely against the bigger Anichebe and was the first to virtually everything in the air and on the deck in a composed performance.
Solid in the air and part of an excellent rearguard alongside Reid early on, but completely lost Anichebe for his goal.
Sloppy on the ball but rarely caught out of position in a reserved and unspectacular display before being taken off.
The versatile defender found himself out on the right side of the back four and had a testing afternoon dealing with Baines. Was caught out by the winner.
Had a strange game; frequently wasted possession in promising areas but set up Cole’s opening goal with a crisp pass into feet and then disappeared from view when his side needed a goal.
Drifted between the lines and played just in front of Gibson, with his aerial ability standing out. Went close with a beautiful curling effort late on.
Started brightly with some exquisitely spread balls to both flanks and always a hustling and bustling presence in the middle of the park, but couldn't raise the tempo when it was needed most.
Had both Jagielka and Neville doubling up on him in an attempt to minimise his threat, but wriggled free on a number of occasions before being let down by the poor quality of his delivery from wide areas.
Fittingly considering the festive period, made mincemeat out of John Heitinga with his physical style causing all sorts of problems, not to mention his excellently-taken goal, before receiving his marching orders with a harsh red card after catching Baines.
Could do nothing about the goal given the power Cole generated and coped well with the aerial bombardment that came his way.
Looked very ropey when tasked with stopping Cole and was simply bullied by his opposite number, before giving away a silly foul after a rash challenge in a dangerous position.
Got forward whenever possible and carried the team's main threat in the opening period. Went close after the break with a magnificent free-kick.
Pushed out wide to right-back and coped well with the tricky Jarvis, matching him for pace whenever the winger tried to push the ball into space behind him.
Strangely reluctant to take on Cole despite Heitinga's struggles with him in a non-committal display, even if he did make one crucial interception to prevent a tidy through ball in the first half.
Played so deep at times that he was almost in the back four or in a sweeper position. Used the ball well, but lacked imagination at times.
Shielded the back four well and forced the hosts to use their flanks more and more rather than attack through the middle. Very rarely wastes a pass. Sent off late on for a similar challenge to Cole's.
Very quiet in the first half, as Everton struggled to gain a foothold in midfield and enjoy any sort of concerted pressure, but improved immeasurably after the break and his cross led to Anichebe's equaliser before grabbing a goal of his own.
Had a goal disallowed in the first half after referee Anthony Taylor adjudged him to have used his elbow before he nodded home from six yards out, but set up Pienaar's goal to hand his side the lead.
Nearly got in behind the back four before rifling a shot inches wide when Everton went in search of an equaliser.
Involved in a real tussle with Winston Reid and looked rusty in terms of his laboured movement in and around the box, but grabbed a goal with an excellently glanced header.