A first-half strike from Miguel Almiron was enough to secure the three points for the home side and leave the Toffees empty-handed for their trip back to Merseyside.
One figure that put in a rather disappointing display for Everton on this occasion that arguably let the manager down is Vitaliy Mykolenko.
With 64 touches in total, the defender completed just 24 of the 38 passes he attempted, leaving him with the lowest pass success percentage (63%) across the back four.
Having been criticised by journalist Patrick Boyland in the past for his “poor” distribution and passing, it seems that the same issues are there for the player.
In addition to losing possession of the ball 17 times in total throughout the game, the 23-year-old also lost 80% of the duels he was involved in, failed to make even one tackle and managed to get dribbled past on one occasion.
This shows how ineffective he was on and off the ball for his side in midweek.
His overall performance earned the Ukrainian a rather disappointing match rating of 6.3/10 from SofaScore, making him one of the lowest-rated Everton players to make an appearance in the game.
They said: “Not a brilliant game. Quiet offensively and gave the ball away too often. Didn’t get tight enough to Almiron cutting in from the right more than once.”
Taking all of this into account, it’s safe to say that Mykolenko did have a disappointing night at St. James’ Park and will now be hoping to put that behind him and focus on putting in a better shift in Everton’s next game against Crystal Palace on Saturday.