Everton player ratings v Lille: McCarthy, McGeady and Naismith star

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Goals from Leon Osman, Phil Jagielka and Steven Naismith secured Everton a 3-0 home win in Thursday night's Europa League Group H clash against Lille.

Tim Howard 6/10 – Made an assured save midway through first-half to turn Ryan Mendes’ powerful shot over the bar, but otherwise had little to do on the night.

Tony Hibbert 6/10 – Denied Divock Origi in the first-half with a brilliant headed clearance at the back post, but can’t overlook the fact that he did struggle at times to deal with the pace down the left flank.

Phil Jagielka 7/10 – A confident defensive display, complimented by an excellent header to double the Toffees’ lead just before half-time.

Sylvain Distin 7/10 – Looked back to his past form on his return to the first-team, keeping the Lille attack in check for the entire 90 minutes.

Leighton Baines 7.5/10 – Always a threat going down the left, particularly in the second-half, setting up Naismith on the hour for the third.

James McCarthy 8.5/10 – Outstanding at the heart of the midfield, running the show with his efforts to win back possession and fluid passing.

Leon Osman 7/10 – Celebrated his new contract with a great finish from McGeady’s cross on 27 minutes, seemingly turning the tide of the game.

Gareth Barry 6.5/10 – Solid, if unspectacular, before limping off after a strong challenge from Sebastien Corchia.

Aiden McGeady 8/10 – Two assists in the first-half was a just reward for his tireless effort down the right wing.

Steven Naismith 8/10 – Full of energy throughout, causing the Lille defence plenty of problems, before sealing the points in fine fashion. Might just be the first name on the team sheet for Martinez now.

Romelu Lukaku 7/10 – Almost got on the score sheet within the first 30 seconds, only to see his shot kept out by a brilliant save from Vincent Enyeama. Grew into his role up top as the match wore on and played his part in the third goal with a neat turn and pass to Baines.

SUBSTITUTES

Christian Atsu (McGeady 66) 6/10 – A few bright moments, but still to showcase his supposed promise to the Everton faithful.

Darron Gibson (Barry 67) 6/10 – A suitable replacement for Barry, putting in a typically industrious run out.

Muhamed Besic (McCarthy 84) N/A – Just a brief cameo for the Bosnian.

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