Faced a barrage of fouls from Fulham on crosses and responded with an admirable willing to get amongst the action, refusing to intimidated when so many others would turn to hesitancy. Could do very little to keep out Dempsey's strike, with the keeer's compatriot finding the corner superbly.
Rarely looked uncomfortable, which is no mean feat in the face of speedster Johnson or the imposing physicality of Moussa Dembele. It is seemingly impossible to knock the former Man City man off the ball, a party trick that the French defender showed off on a number of occasions, much to Mark Hughes' frustrations.
The youngster is having a fine season for Everton and added to his relatively modest goal tally with a superbly taken header after some excellent work from Osman. Guided the ball home with, quite literally, a calm head, generating enough pace with the header to beat Mark Schwarzer. Worked hard up and down the flank.
Offered very little going forward but can’t be accused of shirking his defensive responsibilities, proving dominant in the air and strong in the tackle. Typically solid, dealing with a tricky Clint Dempsey sublimely.
Dealt with attempted balls over the top with a remarkably cool head, ensuring the burning pace of Andy Johnson wasn’t utilised to too great effect. Clearly likes playing alongside Distin and Howard, with the trio showing understanding nearing telepathy at crosses.
Was, as expected, sublime with his delivery from both the left wing and set pieces. Offers a different dimension to David Moyes’ side and caused Baird all sorts of trouble down the channel. Started the move in the build-up to Coleman's opener, slipping in Osman with a ball of pure class.
The Toffees captain returned having missed out on his side’s clash with Birmingham nearly a fortnight ago and looked to kick his team off with pace through the middle but his teammates largely failed to respond, leaving Neville cutting a frustrated figure in the centre circle. Grew into the game following Coleman’s goal, pulling the strings and showing some nice touches to turn defence into attack for his side.
Was fairly static in the middle of Everton's midfield, failing to show some much-needed dynamism when his side were going forward. Looked solid as ever when retreating, ensuring that Dickson Etuhu was never given an inch of space.
The Toffees midfielder is in the form of his life and his assist for Coleman’s opener exuded the confidence befitting of a man who looks to be finally fulfilling his potential. Jinked superbly and dinked a fine ball over, laying it on a plate for his fellow wide man.
Moved threateningly, making gaps for Cahill and Osman to run into. Very few chances fell to the Frenchman but he was marked incredibly tightly by Hangeland and Baird, rarely being allowed to settle or distribute the ball to his teammates and sometimes looking isolated against his former club. Went off with an injury late on.
The Australian returned to a more advanced position sitting in behind Louis Saha and looked more comfortable than in the weeks before his injury, running at Hangeland and Hughes at will. Understandably tired late on and was brought off for the more conservative Heitinga.
Could do very little to stop Coleman's opener and was unsighted for Saha's strike after his wall let him down, breaking at first sight of the Frenchman's absolute rocket. Dealt well with Baines' crosses from the left and pulled out a top class save to stop a Coleman rocket just before the hour mark.
Hughes looked to be playing with nerves, getting caught in possession by Cahill after quarter of an hour. A little unadventurous with his distribution, passing laterally as opposed to looking to help his side break. The Northern Irishman was played well within his limits.
Blocked a Saha header off the line on the 28th minute and always looked willing to break forward from the left back position. Was nowhere to be seen for Coleman's headed opener having lost his man in Everton's intricate build-up play.
Struggled to cope with the pace of Saha on the break, drifting from right to centre and looking a little out of sorts. Cut out some dangerous looking balls and tried to move his team forward but his efforts were largely in vain.
The 32-year-old looked jaded after performing miracles in recent weeks. Wasn't able to get at the Everton full-backs and looked largely isolated on the right flank, as his marker Baines attacked at will. Fulham, possibly, could have taken advantage of the gaps left behind by the marauding former Wigan man/
The Belgian looked assured in receiving ball to feet, even with the imposing duo of Jagielka and Distin breathing down his neck. Very tricky with the ball on the deck, looked to drop deep in between the gap of Everton’s defence and midfield. A very classy customer.
An unusually tepid offering from the former Liverpool man, struggling to link up with his front men and caught in possession on occasion. Made his intentions clear with a full-blooded tackle on Neville after only five minutes but was more destroyer than creator at Goodison. Broke from the wall for Everton's second coming off a free kick but atoned for his sin with a dynamic second-half display.
Showed good strength in an intriguing battle with Rodwell and but for a couple of niggling fouls, looked comfortable in containing the young Blues midfielder. Never looked likely to stray forward, choosing instead to sit and dictate. Not the type of player you need when you're losing. Sacrificed for Zamora on the hour mark.
The American is always a danger with the ball at his feet and offered up some wonderful trickery in and around the Everton box. Rarely looked like delivering with the final ball however. Took his side's opener fantastically well, benefitting from Zamora's cool assist.
Looked dangerous from the off, beating Baines with ease down the right wing and delivering a fine cross to boot. Frighteningly quick over 10 yards, combining very well with Etuhu just before half time to put through Dempsey. May have even given an onlooking Fabio Capello food for thought.
- 1 J. Mucha
Came on for Tim Cahill with 20 minutes remaining to sure up the Everton defence as they looked to hold on to their tight lead.
Never really got a chance to shine after replacing Rodwell late on.
Came on late for the injured Saha.
- 28 V. Anichebe
- 37 J. Baxter
- 19 M. Gueye