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Everton vs Chelsea: Player ratings

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Everton pulled off their first victory of the season with an impressive 1-0 win at home to title challengers Chelsea.

Steven Naismith scored the decisive winner in a competitive affair. Here we assess the performances of all twenty-two first team players along with the substitutes and managers.

Everton XI:

Tom Howard: Almost accountable for a monumental blunder, but Barry fortunately rectified that mistake when Howard carelessly passed straight to Schurrle. Did his part to keep his clean sheet. Might have a lower rating if his mistake was punished. 6.

Seamus Coleman: Carried a threat on the overlap on the right hand side, forming a good partnership with Naismith, but despite not being able to be as adventurous in the second half Coleman was even more impressive with last ditch tackling, interceptions, good pace while also exploiting space well on the right. 7.

Phil Jagielka: The England international is in the form of his life, impressing recently on international duty and continued that today with a colossal performance. Dominated Eto'o, showed excellent composure in possession, adhering to Martinez's philosophy. 7.

Sylvain Distin: Caught upfield on a couple of occasions which resulted in chances for Chelsea and was close to giving away a penalty on Brazilian Oscar, but at 35 years old, he still continues to impress alongside Jagielka with his impressive reading of the game. 7.

Leighton Baines: On a rare occasion, Baines couldn't strike up the impressive left-sided combination with Pienaar due to the South African being injured. Sided with caution, with also having to deal with the threat of Ivanovic and Schurrle, so offered little going forward. Made some timely interceptions and tackles however. 6.

Steven Naismith: The Scotland international was Everton's star man in a first half of few chances for Everton. Was a constant nuisance to Cole with his energy and aerial ability. Most of Everton's joy came down the right side and he capped off a good first half with a cushioned header. 8.

Leon Osman: Kept things ticking over with simple, effective passing but was responsible for some careless passing and lapses in concentration. Not imperious as midfield partner Gareth Barry, but certainly improved as the game wore on. 6.

Gareth Barry: The former England international was looking to make an impression for his new club after joining from Manchester City on loan and made a very good first impression. Displayed great tenacity and aggression in midfield with a number of tackles along with very good composure. Made a superb last ditch tackle following a Tim Howard blunder when Eto'o had the goal gaping at him. 8.

Kevin Mirallas: Didn't see a lot of the ball in a first half that Everton predominantly attacked down the right hand side and with how impressively Ivanovic defended. Gave a better account of himself in the second half and displayed intelligent movement to unsettle Terry and Ivanovic when the Belgian was moved up front. 6.

Ross Barkley: The tenacious teenager displayed a number of impressive touches and displayed his youthful exuberance on a number of occasions. Played a pivotal part in Everton's opener also. 6.

Nikica Jelavic: Struggled to get into the game and looked a man bereft of confidence. Did well to direct a header into the path of Naismith for the sole goal of the game. Was unable to hold the ball up following incessant Chelsea pressure in the second half. 5.

Subs:

James McCarthy: Added even more steel and vigor to a side holding on for the slender lead toward the end of the match. Impressed in his short cameo and helped his side to victory. 6.

John Stones: Too little time on pitch to rate. N/A.

Gerard Delefou: Too little time on pitch to rate. N/A.

Chelsea XI:

Petr Cech: Could have done slightly better with his positioning for Everton's opener. Made some impressive saves at times and can't e considered responsible for Chelsea's loss. 6.

Branislav Ivanovic: Found himself plenty of space on the overlap on Chelsea's right hand side, while also largely nullifying the threat of Belgian flyer Kevin Mirallas. Ever reliable for Chelsea and this performance was no different. Had more to contend with in the second half, with less license to attack. Arguably Chelsea's best player. 7.

David Luiz: Stepped into midfield well when Ramires ventured forward and typically brought the ball out of the back well. Sometimes his awareness and positioning was questionable however and he also went walkabout for Everton's opener. Moved to left back in the second half and was slightly fortunate to not be dismissed. 5.

John Terry: Had a lot of the defensive responsibility today with Luiz often lacking in concentration and awareness. Struggled at times and especially when Mirallas moved up front, posing a much bigger threat than Jelavic. 6.

Ashley Cole: Struggled to deal with Naismith on the left hand side, with Everton finding particular joy on their right hand side. Struggled with aerial duels and won very few 50/50 challenges with his marker, while also being responsible for a few impetuousness tackles. Rare poor performance from England's mainstay left back. Subbed off around the 60 minute mark for Torres. 4.

Ramires: Had slightly more license to roam forward today playing beside Mikel who sits in front of the defence and was at the heart of some of Chelsea's best chances. A excellently weighted cross in the early openings fro Eto'o and a far post effort almost breaking the deadlock. 6.

John Obi Mikel: The Nigerian displayed his usual composure and impressive ball retention in the first half, offering a platform for midfield partner Ramires to be more offensive. With Chelsea's constant pressure in the second half Mikel was moved to centre back and distributed the ball fairly well. Picked up a late booking. 5.

Andre Schurrle: Showed his impressive game intelligence with some incisive runs behind the defence and into the channels particularly in the second half. Went close with a few efforts and was one of Chelsea's most dangerous attackers, but was quite wasteful at times. 6.

Juan Mata: The diminutive Spaniard seems out of favour under Mourinho, but got a rare start at Goodison. Took up some good positions at times, but was possibly still short of 100% match fitness. Lacked the intensity to help galvanise Chelsea. 6.

Eden Hazard: Didn't quite come to the fore as is usually expected and was very quiet in the first half. But asserted more influence in the second half when there was more relentless Chelsea pressure. Fairly good performance from the Belgian flyer. 6.

Samuel Eto'o: Slightly sluggish which might be a factor of not too much time with his new side or lack of game time. Still, not a bad game from the Cameroonian international, nor was it exceptional. Had a few opportunities, going close on a few occasions while also dropping deep and making diagonal runs. 6.

Subs:

Frank Lampard: Came off the bench with 30 minutes to make an impact. Certainly carries a bigger goal-scoring threat than Mikel or Ramires, but as well as Lamps tried to up the intensity he couldn't find himself in dangerous positions with how stubbornly Everton defended. 6.

Oscar: Injected more pace and intensity into Chelsea's game following his arrival. Showed some impressive movement and deft touches. Played well and improved Chelsea. 6.

Fernando Torres: Looking back five years ago, the prospect of Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres would strike fear into any defence, but that is very difference now. Largely anonymous since his arrival and did nothing to earn himself a place in the side for Chelsea's next match. 5.

Managers:

Roberto Martinez: Everton are still adjusting to Martinez's more patient and slick style of play, but the Spaniard will be pleased with his sides performance. Displaying more composure in possession, but still maintaining the same tenacity and aggression was pivotal in Everton's victory. Mirallas was impressive and caused problems when moved up front also. 8.

Jose Mourinho: Went for the jugular in the second half by using up all his substitutes with 20 minutes to spare. Effort must be commended for his adventurous substitutes and inventiveness, but Torres struggled to make an impact, while Lampard didn't do much better. On another day they may have had a more positive outcome however. 6.

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