By Paddy Boyland
Everton made it seven home wins on the bounce at Goodison with a hard-fought 4-2 victory over in-form Leicester City.
Tom Davies’ strike after just 31 seconds put the Blues ahead, but the hosts quickly found themselves 2-1 down thanks to goals from Islam Slimani and Mark Albrighton.
The tide quickly turned again, though, with strikes from Romelu Lukaku and Phil Jagielka before the break and another in the second-half from the Belgian helping secure an impressive three points for Ronald Koeman’s side.
Here’s how the boys in blue rated at Goodison Park.
Joel Robles- 4
Misjudged Albrighton’s free-kick to gift Leicester their second of the match. Errors starting to creep into his game after a strong start to the campaign.
Mason Holgate- 6
Showed inexperience in failing to take a card as Gray raced through for equaliser. Much better after that, though, particularly when dealing with the visitors’ pacey wingers.
Phil Jagielka- 8
Strong in the air and a real threat from set-pieces. Two goals in two games for the skipper, who is finally starting to find some form at the business end of the season.
Matty Pennington- 6
Handed a return to the side in the absence of the suspended Ashley Williams and saw his pocket picked by Vardy in build-up to second. Ropey start but steadily improved as the match wore on.
Leighton Baines- 7
Caught out of position by the breakneck speed of Leicester’s counter attack for Slimani’s goal. A regular outlet at left-back, even if most of the play was directed down the other flank.
Morgan Schneiderlin- 8
Typically composed presence on his return from injury. Ably dealt with the threat of Slimani in the air when called upon and distributed the ball smartly throughout. The midfield metronome on whom Everton now rely.
Idrissa Gueye- 8
Guilty of the occasional moments of sloppiness on the ball but effective as ever in mopping up play. Important block from Ulloa at 4-2. A bundle of energy, even when others are flagging.
Tom Davies- 7
Composed finish after just 30 seconds and was otherwise full of movement and industry, enabling the Blues to easily win the midfield battle. Lovely control on some of his first-time passes, too.
Ross Barkley- 8
Brilliant cross for Lukaku’s goal and always available for the ball. This was a proper response to the criticism that he has received for his derby display.
Kevin Mirallas- 8
Superb run for opener, supplied the corner for Everton’s third and a constant nuisance for the visiting side. The Blues need the edge he brings.
Romelu Lukaku- 8
Another two goals for the Premier League’s leading scorer. Often won the physical battle with and Benalouane and was his usual composed self in front of goal. Performances like this- particularly at home- are becoming commonplace.
Gareth Barry- 5
Rarely involved as Leicester pushed for a way back into the match.