Everton player ratings vs Chelsea: Stones the star but midfielder struggles

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We rate Everton's players' performances from their game against Chelsea last night.

Tim Howard - 7

Roberto Martinez's decision to bring Tim Howard in for Joel Robles may have been a slightly controversial one, but the American goalkeeper showed exactly why his manager had such faith in him. Howard pulled off a number of excellent saves for Everton and this was evidence as to why he's still the first choice. 

Seamus Coleman - 6

A solid if unspectacular game from the right-back. His partnership with Aaron Lennon showed signs of being a threatening one. 

Phil Jagielka - 6

Jagielka was his usual reliable self against Chelsea, even if he wasn't quite at the top of his game. 

John Stones - 8

His performances continue to belie his years. The England international looks one of the finest defenders in the country and Everton will feel very grateful to have him. 

Byran Oviedo - 7

The Costa Rican is a very capable player in a number of positions and it is testament to his ability that Leighton Baines' absence is not being felt too keenly. 

Muhamed Besic - 6

Combative as ever, Besic may not have been the most notable Everton player, but he still put in a good showing until he was substituted. 

Gareth Barry - 4

His red-card was rather needless and it ultimately cost his side. Barry hasn't been on good form of late and this was another poor performance.

Aaron Lennon - 7

Everton's most dangerous attacking player. His pace was a constant threat and if he continues to put in performances of this quality, he should be a big hit at Goodison Park.

Ross Barkley - 5

He just can't seem to get back to his best. Usually so destructive, Barkley was virtually anonymous last night and his form must be a concern.

Steven Naismith - 6

The Scot may not have had his finest game, but he still put in a good showing for the Toffees and can feel relatively pleased with his performance.

Romelu Lukaku - 5

His struggle for goalscoring form continues. The powerful target-man missed a sitter, even if he did bring out a brilliant save from Petr Cech, and he will be wondering what more he can do to impress. 

Subs: 

James McCarthy - 7

His energy was key in Everton's second half performance. A good display. 

Kevin Mirallas and Darron Gibson were brought on, but too late to be graded. 

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