Everton again failed to notch up their first win of the season on Saturday after a hugely exciting 6-3 defeat to Chelsea.
Whilst there were goals galore, Roberto Martinez’s side were let down by poor defending from the likes of centre-back pairing Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin.
Within the first three minutes, the Toffees were 2-0 down after goals from £32m man Diego Costa and right-back Branislav Ivanovic and despite a spirited fight-back, they were as poor at the back as they were good going forward.
It was Kevin Mirallas in the last minute of the first-half who clawed the Toffees’ first goal back with a brilliant header from Seamus Coleman’s cross.
However, Chelsea's two-goal cushion was quickly restored after a defensive lapse in the 67th minute allowed Eden Hazard to fire a shot in from a tight angle which hit Coleman and rebounded into Tim Howard’s goal.
Just two minutes later, Everton made it 3-2 as Steven Naismith finished brilliantly to cap off his run.
The excitement continued in the 74th minute as Nemanja Matic ensured the two-goal cushion returned with a shot that went in off Distin.
Despite Samuel Eto’o’s immediate response against his former club, Ramires and Costa ensured that Everton were hit for six.
Here’s how GiveMeSport rated the Everton players…
Tim Howard: 6
The American didn’t seem to be at fault for any of Chelsea’s goals, but he did handle the ball outside of his area and was lucky not to be sent off.
Howard was also involved in a confrontation with Costa after the Spaniard angered him with his celebration following Coleman’s own goal.
Seamus Coleman: 6
Coleman provided the cross for Mirallas’ goal, but the Irishman’s OG was the cue for the goal frenzy. Otherwise, Coleman was his usual attacking self in his right-back role.
Phil Jagielka: 5
The Englishman couldn’t handle the constant haranguing from Costa and he was lucky not to be punished late in the first half when he lost the ball to Nemanja Matic.
Sylvain Distin: 5
The 36-year-old, like his partner in defence, was poor in this game. He had a goal correctly ruled out for offside and could have done better in several of Chelsea’s goals.
Leighton Baines: 7
The England international provided the accurate delivery for Eto’o to score and he did his best to get forward, despite robust defending from Ivanovic.
Gareth Barry: 6
The former Manchester City midfielder did his best in his usual defensive-midfield role but was outclassed by Chelsea’s pairing of Fabregas and Matic.
James McCarthy: 6
Not as impressive in this game as he was against the Gunners a week ago, McCarthy failed to match Matic in the midfield battle.
Aiden McGeady: 6
The Republic of Ireland international started in place of the injured Stephen Pienaar. He provided the assist for Naismith’s goal but was otherwise relatively quiet.
Steven Naismith: 7
Again named in the starting eleven, Naismith proved his worth once more to the Toffees as he finished brilliantly to keep his side – albeit for a short time only – in the game. He has now scored three in three and will look to keep his place ahead of Eto’o in the next game.
Kevin Mirallas: 7
It was the Belgian’s glancing header that got the Toffees back into the game at 2-0 down and he was unlucky not to score again in the second half when his shot hit Thibaut Courtois’ post.
Romelu Lukaku: 5
Despite his header hitting Courtois’ crossbar early in the second half, the former Chelsea striker failed to make the expected impact against his former club and was replaced by new signing Besic just before the end.
Samuel Eto’o: 7
The Cameroonian scored in the 76th minute not long after coming off the bench to make his Toffees debut against his former club. Whilst he failed to stop Everton from losing, Eto’o will be happy that he proved to Mourinho that his age is no barrier to him hitting the back of the net.
Muhamed Besic: 4
The young Bosnian – recently signed from Hungarian side Ferencváros – had a debut to forget as his poor touch of the ball moments after coming on allowed Costa to grab his second.
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