Everton player ratings v Manchester City: Barkley & Deulofeu impress

Leighton Baines

Player ratings for Everton as they went down 3-2 to Manchester City at Goodison Park.

Everton stumbled to a 3-2 defeat to Manchester City at Goodison Park on Saturday to relinquish their chances of finishing fourth in the Premier League.

Roberto Martinez’s side took the lead as early as the 10th minute, but failed to hold on to it and eventually lost the match.

Here are our player ratings for Everton.

Tim Howard 5

The American goalkeeper made three saves, but he also conceded three goals and could have done better for Sergio Aguero’s equaliser.

John Stones 6

The 19-year-old was probably at fault on occasions and also could have done better against Samir Nasri for Edin Dzeko’s second goal, but the defender’s all-round display was encouraging.

Phil Jagielka 5

The 31-year-old centre-back did not look comfortable at all against City’s attacking forays: the three goals Everton conceded provide testimony to that.

Antolin Alcaraz 4

The 31-year-old featured on the left of a back-three for Everton and was run rugged throughout the match. The Paraguay international will probably want to forget this game as soon as he possibly can.

Seamus Coleman 5

The Irishman, who played in midfield and not in defence, looked confused as to what he was supposed to do and how to combat his opponents. Had he started at his usual right-back position, then the 25-year-old would have been more effective.

James McCarthy 6

The midfielder had a forgettable first half, but improved in the second period. However, he was still unable to do the best he usually can.

Leon Osman 5

The midfielder did the best he could for the Toffees and drove his team forward, but there just wasn’t that spark.

Leighton Baines 6

The England international looked slightly subdued than usual on Saturday, but he did provide a brilliant delivery for Romelu Lukaku’s goal in the second half.

Romelu Lukaku 6

The on-loan striker looked isolated and ineffective upfront, he did score when given a chance.

Steven Naismith 5

The 27-year-old provided the assist for Ross Barkley’s opening goal, but he did not get a proper grip on the game.

Ross Barkley 7.5

The 20-year-old attacker scored one of the goals of the weekend with a sensational curling effort and was a pain for the City defenders throughout. His fearlessness and ability to run at the opposition was marvel to behold.

Subs:

Aiden McGeady 5

The winger did not make much of a difference after coming on, as he had only seven minutes of normal time to make an impact.

Gerard Deulofeu 6.5

The on-loan attacking player was brilliant after coming on midway through the second half and went close to scoring a brilliant goal.

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