Everton player ratings as Alex Iwobi and Michael Keane stand out but James Rodriguez instrumental – Liverpool Echo

Everton player ratings as Alex Iwobi and Michael Keane stand out but James Rodriguez instrumental – Liverpool Echo

Jordan Pickford – 6

An unconvincing punch was followed up by an excellent reflex save to deny Fabio Silva. He later dropped a Ruben Neves drive and conceded a corner – much to Ancelotti’s annoyance.  Untroubled in the second period.

Mason Holgate – 6

Not always easy playing behind Iwobi, who concedes defending does not come naturally to him, and – like Godfrey – had his hands full at times. Booked for a rash challenge in the second-half.

Yerry Mina – 7

Ultimately played his part in a strong defensive showing in the second-half. Chucked in the odd nervy but it wouldn’t be a Mina display if there wasn’t any.

Michael Keane – 8

A typically steady performance was elevated when he rose highest in the box to meet Gomes’ cross and head Everton back in front.

Ben Godfrey – 7

Had his hands full tonight all evening but gradually got the grips with the twin threat of Nelsen Semedo and Pedro Neto.

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Abdoulaye Doucoure – 7

Will be annoyed at himself for being beaten to the by-line for Wolves’ opener but his energy was vital given other midfield absences. His own absence, after picking up a fifth booking here, will be felt at Villa on Sunday.

Tom Davies – 6

Warned by Ancelotti for over-playing in the middle of the pitch. Worked hard but sometimes played with a heavy touch at times. Replaced just past the hour mark.

Alex Iwobi – 8

Raced onto Digne’s knockdown and finished superbly to make it 1-0. Used the ball well throughout the game and provided an outlet with his running. Should have had a second goal but his shot was too close to Rui Patricio.

Lucas Digne 7

Laid on the assist for the Blues’ goal from an unusual left-wing position. But, clearly, still working his way back to full Premier League sharpness.

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Gylfi Sigurdsson – 5

Not easy when you are asked to lead the line as a makeshift striker and often found receiving the ball with his back to goal. But Ancelotti will still have expected him to have linked play better.

James Rodriguez – 8

Always given a licence to roam and so loved being able to drop off the line and finding pockets of space. Instrumental in Everton’s goal and the Blues’ most creative player.

Substitutes

Andre Gomes (on for Davies ’64) – 7

Hadn’t looked convincing when in possession but his fine cross provided Keane with the opportunity to thumb a header past Patricio.

Richarlison (on for Sigurdsson ’77) – 6

A low key return to the side but, as you’d expect, worked hard to help Everton protect their lead. Would waste a great chance on the break in time added on.

Seamus Coleman (on for Rodriguez ’86) – 6

Little time to make much of an impact but his fresh legs were needed on that side.