Gave Rovers all three points with a horrible blunder when the sides met in August but delivered a much more assured performance at Goodison, latching onto a number of balls pumped in high by Emerton and from the Blackburn defenders.
Worked hard to track the impressive Olsson, who always looked dangerous with the ball at his feet and was impressive in the air, quelling the long ball game which has often proved so effective for Steve Kean's side. Didn't put a foot wrong.
Assured in the air following a number of high balls from Robinson. Took charge from set pieces and never looked threatened by the imposing Samba or Santa Cruz.
Was slated to cause problems for Michel Salgado and the former Wigan man certainly delivered, linking well with Osman and threatening down the channel. Was unlucky not to see a teammate latch on to a dangerous early cross and saw a sublime 30-yard effort go just wide 10 minutes into the second half. Took his penalty superbly to double the hosts lead.
Looked like the calmest man on the pitch, heading back to Tim Howard after half an hour without a care in the world. Dealt with Blackburn's long balls easily, rarely looking uncomfortable. Took no prisoners at the back, as is his wont.
The World Cup finalist was typically solid in the centre of midfield for his short spell in the game, was brought off after only quarter of an hour though injury.
Linked up well with Osman early on before the latter's substitution, as both players looked to stray from their wings dangerously. Left Tony Hibbert isolated from time to time, having failed to match his endeavour with industry down the flank.
He may be the 34 but Phil Neville still has an engine to keep up with the best of them. Strong on the ball, a tireless display from the Toffees veteran. Durable on the ball, Neville bossed the centre circle from beginning to end.
Has impressed in the second half of this season, proving to be a much-needed creative outlet following the departure of Steven Pienaar to Tottenham. Proved a little lightweight in the first half, being knocked off the ball with ease as his side looked to counter. Improved as the game went on and took a deserved goal superbly.
Has grown more and more accustomed to Premier League football since joining from Leeds but looked a little tentative in the early stages, failing to link up with Bilyaletdinov and blasting a fine chance over in the first two minutes.
The French U21 man impressed for the Toffees against Wolves last weekend and was rewarded with a starting place once again. Began brightly, putting through Beckford with a well-weighted header and moved dangerously throughout. Brought off with 25 minutes left.
Robinson has vowed that he won't return to the England set-up under Fabio Capello but continues to show a solidity befitting an international keeper, dictating his defence and claiming a hoard of whipped in balls.
The youngster has been tipped as the new John Terry and his dominance in the air would certainly suggest that the teenager holds more than a passing resemblance to the Chelsea man. Comfortable with the ball at his feet, this was a classy performance from the Preston-born defender until the 75th minute, when a foolish slide on Coleman gave the hosts a penalty and their second goal.
A performance of typical full-blooded gusto from the former Real Madrid man, providing some much needed bite to an at times sloppy Blackburn defence. Struggled with the pace of Baines from time to time but gathered himself to make a number of vital interceptions.
Olsson started in a more advanced role down the left wing for Rovers and showed a dangerous turn of pace to get Phil Neville and Tony Hibbert on the back foot early on. Made some strong runs but was never met by his teammates, with distribution from the middle stifled.
The towering centre half delivered an all-action performance, having been left isolated on his own on a number of occasions. Made a superb block on the 12th minute, keeping out a Jagielka effort that looked likely to threaten Robinson's goal.
The French defender started in a somewhat unorthodox left back position and performed manfully in the face of a tricky Bilyaletdinov, blocking a number of crosses that looked destined for danger.
The Australian looked to test the aerial resolve of the Everton defence but struggled to breach the wall that is Jagielka and Distin.Worked hard in helping out his defenders in terms of going forward, made very little happen.
Acted as destroyer-in-chief, delivering a number of solid challenges deep in the Blackburn midfield. Very cool under pressure, distributing the ball simply as his side looked to break.
Was on the receiving end of some rough treatment from Neville and Rodwell and was unable to shake them off. Moved well in the centre of midfield but was stifled from the off.
The former Barcelona youngster made his first start for Rovers but was largely a passenger in the opening exchanges, failing to keep up with the pace of the game as Distin and Jagielka closed down his space like defenders possessed. Grew into proceedings however, leaving Phil Neville for dead on the stroke of half-time.
R. Santa Cruz
The former Manchester City man is always likely to prove threatening in the air but fluffed his lines on more than one occasion under pressure from the imperious Distin. Failed to form much of a partnership with Rochina, looking frustrated for much of the game and substituted an hour in.
- 1 J. Mucha
- 30 S. Mustafi
Showed verve and vigour down the right-hand-side after replacing Gueye 65 minutes in but struggled to deliver with the final ball. Did well to win a crucial penalty from Phil Jones.
Brought on after only quarter of an hour for the injured Johnny Heitinga and did well in controlling the midfield battle. Created very little but maintained possession well with Neville, offering some neat, if a little unadventurous touches.
- 33 A. Forshaw
- 28 V. Anichebe
Brought on late for Beckford as the hosts comfortably saw out the game.
- 13 M. Bunn
- 31 G. Hanley
The Norwegian replaced Givet but had next to no effect
- 9 N. Kalinić
Came on late but couldn't make much of an impact as the hosts dominated.
- 41 M. Diouf
Brought on with half an hour remaining as Blackburn chased the game but was provided very little in way of distribution and struggled to gain a foothold in the game.