Updated Mon 18 Dec 2023, 11:52 by Ash Harrison

Everton (A) player ratings: Possibly the lowest collective rating we've done after a poor show

Everton (A) player ratings: Possibly the lowest collective rating we've done after a poor show
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This was another evening to forget on the road in the Premier League for Eddie Howe and Newcastle United, but it was never a 3-0 home win on the overall balance of play.

It remains just one victory away from St James' Park so far this season for the Magpies, who followed up the Bournemouth non-performance with another sub-par showing at Goodison.

Not many in black and white will look back fondly on their displays here, with Joelinton and Lewis Miley the pick of a poor bunch but nobody truly excelling on a miserable night.

Anthony Gordon seemed to let the occasion get to him, Alexander Isak looked miles off the pace, and Kieran Trippier made two horrendous errors that led to Everton's first two goals.

Buckle in, then, because this is going to be a rough read!

The same outfielders started a fourth successive game

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Joelinton lost his head after the whistle but played quite well

Martin Dúbravka – 4

Dubs seemed to shrink for McNeil's opener and didn't look comfortable throughout under Everton's bombardment. He was nowhere on the second goal and was beaten all too easily on the third at his near post, though he did make a few decent saves very early on.

Kieran Trippier – 2

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. While he was by no means poor overall, his mistakes for the first and second Everton goals were unforgivable for a player of his experience and quality. He also played Beto onside for the third but was spent both mentally and physically by then.

Jamaal Lascelles (c) – 5

He didn't deal with the aerial threat of Calvert-Lewin very well, winning just two of six high duels with the home striker, and this allowed Everton an easy out-ball throughout. When not up against DCL he did well enough and his use of the ball was as good as it's been.

Fabian Schär – 5

Fab's radar was way off tonight and it hurt our ability to gain territory. He completed just 3/13 long balls in the contest and failed to find a man with multiple routine crossfield attempts. He didn't fare any better than Lascelles when up against Calvert-Lewin either.

Tino Livramento – 6

Tino was comfortably the best of the back four without getting anywhere near the level of performance he's shown in his other starts to date. His direct opponent was 38-year-old Ashley Young, so it's probably fair to have expected more from him in an attacking sense.

Lewis Miley – 7

He's making a habit of being a standout individual in a poor team display. Given he's by far the youngest player in the first eleven, he should be proud of how he handled himself in a contest where most struggled—that whiffed volley attempt aside when it was 1-0.

Bruno Guimarães – 6

We need more from Bruno in games like this, but he didn't look at his sharpest from the first whistle and struggled to impose his quality in a congested midfield. He completed just 79% of his passes and missed numerous opportunities to thread through balls when higher up.

Joelinton – 7 ⭐️

He edges Miley for POTM on sheer involvement as much as anything else, though he was responsible for creating two of our best chances and looked like the only one trying to take a poor game by the scruff of the neck. He was still nowhere near his peak, however.

Miguel Almirón – 5

This was not a good night for Miggy, who missed our best chance of the first half when rushing his finish and also fluffed his lines to play in a teammate on more than one occasion. Still, he wasn't helped by the referee who let Mykolenko off with two tactical fouls on him.

Alexander Isak – 3

We desperately want to wheel out the 'he's being told to conserve energy' excuse for Isak again tonight, but he was just well off it. The dribble from the left and touch for his late missed chance aside, he showed very little interest in putting his stamp on proceedings.

Anthony Gordon – 4

He failed to deal with the pressure of returning to Goodison as a starter, unfortunately, missing two of our best chances in the second period when it was still 0-0. It can't be a coincidence that this was his poorest display of the season, but it's (hopefully) a one-off.

Howe yet again had nothing at all to turn to on the bench

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Pickford made himself the centre of attention at the end, as usual

Matt Ritchie – 4

This wasn't a great cameo from Ritchie, who gave away a cheap throw-in and hooked a poor cross into the arms of Pickford when we had Everton pinned back.

Emil Krafth – 5

He came on at centre-back for Lascelles, who seemed to have picked up a knock and didn't appear to do too much wrong for the Beto goal.

Next up for the Magpies is Tottenham Hotspur away

Lewis Miley
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Lewis Miley chases Dwight McNeil

It's a quick turnaround from here and it doesn't get any easier, with a trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for a 4.30 p.m. kick-off on Sunday afternoon.

That'll be the 16th match of our Premier League campaign, and, as has become the norm, it'll be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK.

Howay Eddie's severely jaded and depleted Mags!

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