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Sunderland 0 - 3 Everton: Player Ratings

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A solid enough performance soon deteriorated into a very disheartening defeat as the Black Cats' crumbled in the second half. Here's how the lads were rated...

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Jordan Pickford - 6

Not really much he could have done with Lukaku's three goals, was decent enough otherwise but the general performance doesn't leave much room for optimism.

Patrick van Aanholt - 4

Still gets forward. Still doesn't defend. Still doesn't defend especially when it's most vital for him to do so. Relegation war never changes.

Papy Djilobodji - 4

Dealt with oncoming threats reasonably well, until the second half where he seemed to just stray out of positon unnecessarily. Disappointing.

Lamine Kone - 5

A notch better than Papy and stayed in position more consistently, but still couldn't contain the opposition well enough as the game ticked on.

Javier Manquillo - 5

Average enough. General defensive and offensive contributions were so-so but Bolasie proved too much for him in the second half.

Jack Rodwell - 5

To say he made an impact would be too much of an overstatement, what would be more accurate to say is that recently you can sometimes tell he's there. Snide remarks aside, he made a good through ball to Defoe, but that's about it.

Jan Kirchhoff - 4

Looked slow and predictably out of practice due to injury. Was late to near enough every challenge he was involved in and looked tame in a midfield he usually marauds.

Adnan Januzaj - 6

Asked some questions of the Everton defence when he got forward, and set up Defoe for our best chance of the game. Did occasionally look weak on the ball, though, it's clear he doesn't like to rely on his physicality.

Lynden Gooch - 6

Made some bursting runs forward that we probably would've liked to have seen some more of in the second half.

Duncan Watmore - 5

Positive in intent, but very average in application, another trademark Watmore performance. An incredibly likeable character as I'm sure we'd all agree, but there's just that shard of quality missing from his game.

Jermain Defoe - 4

Spooned the only real good chance we had all game, and was kept quiet by Everton otherwise.

Wahbi Khazri - 3

Didn't even put up a fight in that 50/50 with Deulofeu, which ultimately led to the opposition's opener. Didn't offer anything beyond a tame free kick.

Didier N'Dong - 5

Wasn't enough time to made an impact on a miserable debut for our record signing.

Jason Denayer - 5

Could say that he shored up the defence, but his introduction came once the game was dead in the water, and Everton were happy to sit back.

Subs: Mika, Jason Denayer, Wahbi Khazri, John O'Shea, Didier N'Dong, Paddy McNair, Donald Love