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Everton Vs Sunderland: Player Ratings

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Clive Brunskill

Vito Mannone - 9

A Mignolet-esque performance from the Italian, who is looking more and more like a bargain every week. A definite match-winning second half performance.

Ondrej Celustka - 7

Could have easily got himself on the score sheet, but all-in-all it was a good solid performance from the full back.

Mobido Diakite - 7

Battled very well and won plenty of headers. Thrown into the side from the cold to some extent, but his raw physicality may have been just what was needed to contain Lukaku.

Valentin Roberge - 8

Like Diakite, Roberge was drafted into the side and produced a performance that will give Gus Poyet food for thought. For me, he was the pick of the Sunderland back four by just a smidgen.

Phil Bardsley - 7

Like Celustka on the opposite side, he struggled at times with his attacking game but was solid as a rock when it came to his defensive duties.

Lee Cattermole - 7

Tough task for a player like Cattermole at Everton where the ball tends to ping around all over the place. He stuck to his task though, kept his head, and put in a good solid performance.

Jack Colback - 6

The quietest of the midfield players on show but an industrious influence nonetheless.

Seb Larsson - 6

Similar to Colback in general, but a little more involved on the ball.

Ki Sung-Yueng - 9

Brilliant in the first half, spraying the ball around with authority and precision. Quieter after the break as Everton piled forward, but a simply marvelous performance all things considered.

Fabio Borini - 8

I thought this was a cracking performance from the Italian. Clever movement, worked his socks off, showed loads of respect for the shape of the side when not in possession, and a goal-line clearance too.

Steven Fletcher - 6

Still not the Fletcher we know and love, but getting there I think.

Emanuele Giaccherini - 6

Set up Fletcher for the big chance to wrap it up. Nice cameo.

Jozy Altidore - 5

Not really on long enough to make an impression.

Man Of The Match: Vito Mannone

This one was a bit of a two-horse race between Mannone and Ki, but we threw it open to Twitter and Don Vito won the vote by a landslide. Who could argue, really? He reeled of the saves in the second half and turned one point into three. Really growing into the number one spot.