Saturday 18 November 2017

Everton v Stoke - Story of the match

Everton's Kevin Mirallas, left, topped the player ratings
Everton's Kevin Mirallas, left, topped the player ratings

Ronald Koeman registered his first home Premier League win as Everton manager but required the assistance of a Shay Given own goal from a Leighton Baines penalty to achieve it.

The defender's second-half spot-kick rebounded back off the post and the Stoke goalkeeper to secure a 1-0 win which should, on the balance of play, have been far more comfortable.

Nevertheless the victory gave Everton their best start to a season since 2006 and ensured the renewed positivity at Goodison Park continues to grow.


"Great team effort against Stoke today. Watched Bolasie for the first time, promising. SO to my #MOTM Gueye. Stay on top Blues!," former Everton defender Joseph Yobo (@jyobo234).


Kevin Mirallas. Has made a very good start to life under Ronald Koeman and was particularly lively in the first half here. Ross Barkley, his colleague in the Toffees midfield, also caught the eye, while Ryan Shawcross defended well for Stoke. The efforts of that pair will no doubt have been noted by England boss Sam Allardyce, who was watching from the stands.


It was perhaps apt that this game, given its generally low level of quality, was settled in the manner it was - via a fluke. After a penalty award that left Stoke fuming, their goalkeeper Shay Given did well to tip Leighton Baines' spot-kick against the post, only for the ball to bounce back against him and over the line.


Everton striker Romelu Lukaku scored 18 Premier League goals last season - but drawing a blank here on what was his first league start of 2016-17 extended his run of top-flight games without netting to 11.



Maarten Stekelenburg 6 (out of 10)

Mason Holgate 6

Ashley Williams 6

Phil Jagielka 6

Leighton Baines 6

Gareth Barry 7

Idrissa Gueye 6

Yannick Bolasie 6

Ross Barkley 7

Kevin Mirallas 7

Romelu Lukaku 6


Arouna Kone (for Mirallas) 6

Ramiro Funes Mori (for Barkley) 6

Tom Davies (for Bolasie) 6


Shay Given 6

Phil Bardsley 6

Ryan Shawcross 7

Geoff Cameron 6

Erik Pieters 6

Glenn Whelan 6

Giannelli Imbula 6

Joe Allen 6

Mame Diouf 5

Marko Arnautovic 6

Peter Crouch 6


Jonathan Walters (for Crouch) 6

Bojan Krkic (for Imbula) 6

Ramadan Sobhi (for Diouf) 6


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