By Paddy Boyland
Everton got back to winning ways with a comfortable 3-0 victory over closest challengers West Brom.
At a sold out Goodison Park, a quick-fire double from Kevin Mirallas and Morgan Schneiderlin quickly swung the game in Everton’s favour against an overly cautious visiting side.
Romelu Lukaku’s header then capped a good day at the office for the Blues, who will now surely target a 6th place finish in the closing months of the season.
Here’s how Koeman’s men rated in L4.
Joel Robles- 6
Rarely tested by a West Brom side seemingly set up to frustrate the hosts and knick a point but confident enough when called upon.
Seamus Coleman- 6
Limited by the tracking runs of fellow Irishman James McLean, and unable to beat first man with crosses when he did shake him off. A largely comfortable afternoon for the right-back.
Ashley Williams- 7
The pick of the Everton centre-backs on a day when the main challenge was predominantly aerial. At times looked like leader of defence, despite presence of returning captain Jagielka.
Phil Jagielka- 6
Back into the side after lengthy spell on substitutes bench and may have done enough to keep his place for visit of Hull City next weekend.
Leighton Baines- 5
Subbed at half-time after failing to shake off a knock picked up in opening period. One decent cross for a big Lukaku chance but otherwise fairly limited in his attacking influence.
Morgan Schneiderlin- 7
Got his first goal for Everton with a delightful dink over the advancing Ben Foster. Occasionally guilty of losing possession a bit too easily, but on the whole improved on last weekend’s disappointing showing against Tottenham; albeit against inferior opposition
Gareth Barry- 7
Perhaps lucky to retain his place following leggy display at White Hart Lane, but suited today’s encounter down to the ground. Quality on the ball showed against opposition looking to simply stifle Everton attack- especially for crucial second goal.
Tom Davies- 6
Once again deployed in a more advanced midfield role as part of Koeman’s 4-2-3-1 setup and delivered a mixed bag in his new position. Feeling lingers that the youngster is better deep, where he can advance with ball and make late runs into the opposition box.
Ross Barkley- 8 (Man of the Match)
At the centre of a lot of Everton’s best play for the second successive week. Shot saved for first goal, set up the third and influence visibly increased as game progressed. Has added consistency to his game in recent months. Long may it continue.
Kevin Mirallas- 7
Involved in five goals in his last seven outings as a result of his opener and was productive throughout after being handed chance to impress Koeman. Given standing ovation by some in Main Stand upon his substitution.
Romelu Lukaku- 8
Great link-up play for Schneiderlin’s goal, which evidenced that there are more strings to his bow than just putting ball in back of the net. Missed a chance with his right foot in the first-half, but made amends with a smart finish for the third.
Ramiro Funes Mori- 5
Got forward well but evidently not a left-back. Caused the odd problem by Nacer Chadli, yet not an obvious weak link on this occasion. Erratic passing still a problem.
Idrissa Gana Gueye- 6
Brought on to shore up midfield as Everton sought to hold lead. Pressed well but often found on periphery. Challenge now with increased competition in midfield is to show more on ball. Nearly delivered on that front but saw a late left-footed effort cannon back off the post.