I think all of that game went exactly to script.
Not our script, but a script.
City started somewhat slowly and for the large portion of the first 20 minutes, the Blues were dominant. But it’s all well and goodd dominating the ball at the top sides for small parts of the game only to completely fold after one silly error, which Yerry Mina graciously provided to Leroy Sane, who made no mistake in sliding through Gabriel Jesus to ensure the three points for City, as we were never going to get anything from the game when we went a goal down.
Not that we even gave it a go, as there was plenty of meaningless ‘play it from the back’ sequences that just resulted in City getting the ball back higher up the pitch than they would have if we had hit it long to DCL; who really shouldn’t have been playing if that wasn’t the plan.
After the restart, Mr Silva changed the plan and DCL had himself an excellent second period, putting his name into the hat to lead the line permanently.
Anyway, it was a game. I don’t particularly care to give it any more attention, to be honest. We’re in a horrid run of form and Mr Silva needs to earn his money before Spurs visit Goodison next Sunday.
Jordan Pickford - 5
Made some important saves, but all in vain, as is tradition.
Séamus Coleman - 2
I really do sincerely miss, and feel sorry for, Jonjoe Kenny. If the Leicester mistake was enough to consign him to the immediate future doghouse, then Sèamus Coleman should have been discarded long ago.
If Marco Silva wishes to put the future first at Everton, then Jonjoe Kenny needs to be back in the side for Spurs’ visit and beyond.
Coleman was all over the place today, and not in a good way at all.
Yerry Mina - 2
A jarring defensive error from Yerry was a significant blight on an awful performance, as he failed to stop two sub-5”11 attackers from scoring headers, and that’s the least of it.
He also looked consistently shook in possession and that isn’t acceptable in a Marco Silva team.
Michael Keane - 3
Consistently, Keane and Mina looked ever so vulnerable when City ventured forward in the air or on the floor.
Kurt Zouma - 5
Zouma was the highest of the central defenders, and he hounded the City attack very well. He never let up when Bernardo Silva was on the ball and did well in winning his tackles.
Lucas Digne - 5
Booked early on, Lucas was limited in how much he could really go for the ball when City came forward down the Blues’ left flank.
He got forward nowhere near as much as we expect him to, but put a chance on a plate for Richarlison that he ballooned over at 0-0.
That was somewhat made up for with DCL’s powerful header midway through the second period, however.
André Gomes - 5
Not his best game, but with the amount of time that City were on the ball, Gomes did not have his usual luxury of time to operate.
Gylfi Sigurdsson - 3
Much like André, Gylfi did not have any time to pick and choose his passes.
Beyond that, he could not get into the game at all.
Bernard had some bright sparks early on in the first half, but phased out of the game subsequently as City became more and more dominant.
Absent for large portions of the game as he was stuck out on the right, and when called upon, missed some glaring chances.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin - 8
Calvert-Lewin loves playing against City apparently, and he is putting his case forward to be Mr Silva’s man up front as he nailed an, albeit futile, header in the second 45 to give Everton something which resembled a semblance of hope.
He led the line admirably as he was isolated for large portions, and is definitely in contention to be given a consecutive start next Sunday.
Theo Walcott – 3
Didn’t do anything. At all really. Had one run forward and played the ball to his side.
Ademola Lookman – 6
Gave us the spark we needed in the second half
Tom Davies – N/A