Date: 18th September 2016 at 11:41am
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Everton moved up to second in the Premier League following an impressive 3-1 comeback win over Middlesbrough, to continue their best start to a season in 38 years

Ronald Koeman’s side came from behind after a Maarten Stekelenburg own goal, but Koeman believed that mistake galvanised his side. Everton quickly responded with goals from Gareth Barry, Seamus Coleman, and Romelu Lukaku to secure the win.

EVERTON:

Maarten Stekelenberg – 4

The Dutch stopper was weak for Middlesbrough’s goal, dropping a George Friend cross into his own goal under pressure from Alvaro Negredo. He was then booked for protesting the correct decision to allow the goal.

Seamus Coleman – 9

Solid defensively, and scored the goal of the game cutting in from the wing and placing a strikers finish in the bottom corner.

Phil Jagielka – 6

Everton fans will be pleased to see Jagielka’s blossoming partnership with new signing Ashley Williams, and the English international was reliably solid.

Ashley Williams – 6

Williams could have been penalised for a high foot in the build up to Everton’s equaliser, but the ex-Swansea man was untroubled by the Boro attack in a decent performance.

Leighton Baines – 7

Baines delivered a quality corner to cause trouble for Everton’s first, and provided a solid base to allow the Toffee’s wingers to get forward.

Idrissa Gueye – 8

Tenacious in midfield, Gueye continued his fine start to his Everton career with an impressive performance.

Gareth Barry – 8

Barry marked his 600th Premier League appearance with well taken goal from a loose corner. Despite getting booked just before half time, Barry won midfield battle alongside Gueye and fully deserved his standing ovation.

Kevin Mirallas – 5

The Belgian winger was bright in the first half but constantly gave the ball away. With no end product, he was substituted in second half.

Ross Barkley – 7

Barkley’s bright performance was a welcome response to a string of disappointing performances. Always looking to shoot, Barkley tested keeper on multiple occasions and was unlucky not to score.

Yanick Bolasie – 7

The former Crystal Palace man’s lively performance deserved a goal, and will be hoping the dubious goals panel awards him Everton’s third despite Lukaku’s minimal ‘touch’.

Romelu Lukaku – 7

Lukaku will claim he got a touch on Bolasie’s cross for Everton’s third, and he linked up well with Everton’s rampaging midfield. He also provided a lovely lay-off to Coleman for the full-back’s goal.

MIDDLESBROUGH:

Victor Valdes – 5

Three goals conceded, although he was impeded by Ashley Williams’ flying boot for Everton’s opener.

George Friend – 6

Friend put in a decent cross to put Stekelenberg under pressure for opening goal, and coped relatively well with Everton’s attack.

Ben Gibson – 5

A pretty unremarkable performance, but three avoidable goals conceded.

Daniel Ayala – 4

Ayala struggled with Everton’s movement and was booked for multiple fouls in the first half.

Antonio Barragan – 5

Barragan put some crosses in from full back in the first half, but became less effective as Everton took control of the game.

Adam Forshaw – 5

Forshaw didn’t see much of the ball, and didn’t threaten Everton when he did get possession.

Marten De Roon – 5

The midfielder displayed some nice touches and passes, but allowed Everton to win the midfield battle.

Emilio Nsue – 4

Anonymous throughout and didn’t offer much attacking or defensively. No surprise that he was the first Boro sub on hour mark.

Gaston Ramirez – 5

The Uruguayan made one or two shots, but needlessly squared up to Gareth Barry in a fairly ineffective performance.

Stuart Downing – 5

Poor performance, with his main contribution being responsible for losing Coleman’s run into the box for Everton’s second.

Alvaro Negredo – 6

As much as he might try, Negredo can’t claim Boro’s goal, but his pressure on Stekelenburg was as good as an assist.