Date: 18th September 2016 at 11:55am
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Sunderland:

Jordan Pickford – 6

Could do nothing about the goals and made a terrific reaction save from Romelu Lukaku’s header in the first half.

Javier Manquillo – 4

Struggled against Yannick Bolasie in the second period, was often caught too high up the pitch and failed to mark Lukaku as he nodded home his first goal of the evening.

Lamine Kone – 5

He and Papy Djilobodji dealt well with Lukaku in the first half but struggled badly in the second, often overexposed by the midfield in front of them.

Papy Djilobodji – 4

Made five of Sunderland’s seven interceptions in the first half, but completely lost Lukaku for his second goal and needlessly pressed higher than the rest of his backline, allowing the Belgian to run in behind for his third.

Patrick van Aanholt – 5

Fought well against Bolasie in the opening period but the chasm between he and Djilobodji was partly responsible for two of Everton’s goals.

Jack Rodwell – 3

Offered very little defensively or offensively and looks slightly lost at the moment.

Jan Kirchhoff – 6

A cool presence and good in the transitions from defence to attack. Sunderland lack enough players of his calibre.

Adnan Januzaj – 6

Looked the most likely to create something for the Black Cats, but faded after half time.

Lynden Gooch – 5

A diligent display in an unnatural central role, but failed to impact the game in a meaningful way.

Duncan Watmore – 5

Always works hard and that was no different here, but end product was missing. Booked for diving.

Jermaine Defoe – 5

A big miss in the opening 10 minutes set the tone. At times, he and Januzaj linked well, which will be key to any success his team might have this season.

Subs:

Wabi Khazri (for Gooch, 57′)  4

Unable to make a difference.

Didier N’Dong (for Watmore, 73′) – 5

Sunderland’s record signing looked enthusiastic but understandably off the pace.

Jason Denayer (for Kirchhoff, 76′)  – 4

Came on as Sunderland changed to a back-three, but did not appear to make them look any more solid.

Everton:

Maarten Stekelenburg – 7

Called into action very rarely, but did everything he needed to do well.

Seamus Coleman – 6

A solid return to Premier League football, following injury. Bolasie’s move to the left-hand side in the second half gave him more freedom to contribute to the attack.

Ashley Williams – 7

Rarely troubled by Sunderland’s attack, winning all of his aerial duels.

Phil Jagielka – 7

Eight clearances and four blocks, including an important one from a Watmore effort as Sunderland countered: a good display from the reliable captain.

Leighton Baines – 6

Not always as involved as he often is in an attacking sense, but kept things flowing with a 94% passing accuracy rate.

Idrissa Gueye – 8

A dynamic performance and floated in a sumptuous cross for Lukaku’s first goal.

Gareth Barry –

Steady and sound, a typical performance form the Premier League’s longest-serving player.

Yannick Bolasie – 8

Liberated by switching to the left in the second half, he caused Sunderland plenty of problems with his directness and pace. His assist for Lukaku’s second was sublime.

Ross Barkley – 3

Anonymous in the first half, bar a few careless giveaways in the defensive third. The fact he was substituted at the interval tells the story of his evening.

Kevin Mirallas  7

Grew into the game and looked more influential in the No.10 role. His defence-splitting pass for Lukaku’s third was delightful.

Romelu Lukaku – 9

Isolated in the first period but, after no goals in 11 league games, he managed three in 11 minutes 37 seconds after the break. Looked his unplayable best, and could have doubled his tally had he been more clinical.

Subs:

Gerard Deulofeu (for Barkley, 46′) – 8

Direct and dangerous, and won an important 50/50 in the lead-up to the Toffees’ opener.

Tom Davies (for Bolaise, 76′) – 

The youngster did not have a massive effect, but did not look out of place either.

Around Koné (for Lukaku, 89′) – N/A

Not on long enough to rate.