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Everton's Ross Barkley in action with Middlesbrough's Antonio Barragan

Ross Barkley issues a perfect response to criticism to inspire Everton

The spotlight was on Gareth Barry on his 600th Premier League appearance, the expectation on Idrissa Gueye after an exceptional start to his Everton career and the pressure all on Ross Barkley following a very public dressing down before Middlesbrough arrived at Goodison Park. It demonstrated the latter’s refusal to hide, and lack of ego, that the entire heart of Everton’s midfield functioned as Ronald Koeman demanded.