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.


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.


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.