Everton 0-1 Burnley Player Ratings: Tarkowski impresses

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A resilient away performance and a first half Jeff Hendrick goal helped Burnley to a 1-0 win at underperforming Everton. Here’s our player ratings for both teams.


Jordan Pickford – couldn’t be faulted too much for the goal, but his kicking might have been better. Denied Brady at his near post in the second half. 5

Cuco Martina – lacked the pace to burst down the right, which Everton needed against a narrow rear-guard. Has done little to disprove those who questioned his addition. 3
Michael Keane – his poor use of the ball wasn’t exposed so much at Burnley, but in Everton’s setup he looks afraid to carry it forward. Looked lost at times. 4
Ashley Williams – at fault for the goal in a performance that will test Ronald Koeman’s loyalty to the Welshman. 3
Leighton Baines – lacked the speed and drive to provide width when the ball is in the middle third. Improved significantly in the last half hour though when other players forced the issue to create space for him to put some decent balls in. 6

Nikola Vasic – made some decent runs early on, but after he failed to track Ward for the first goal, he lost all his confidence. Needs to be mentally stronger. 4
Morgan Schneiderlin – gained a reputation for being a combative midfielder, but here he was caught flat-footed for the goal. He played too many sideways passes. 4
Idrissa Gueye – showed fight, energy and a desire to sustain pressure. Possibly Everton’s best player. 7
Gylfi Sigurdsson – he doesn’t have a target man as a teammate and not all the play goes through him. One tame first half shot and a couple of crosses after the break, but he didn’t produce the quality expected. 4

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – outpaced Mee to create a chance early on and was a willing runner throughout, but lacked the technical to truly make his opponents sweat. Had Everton’s only shot on target in the second half and there was not enough power to it. 5
Oumar Niasse – too similar to Calvert-Lewin. Plenty of energy and could not be faulted for commitment but not enough ruthlessness. 5

Wayne Rooney (on 63) – added a touch of class to proceedings and helped Everton get on top in the last 20 minutes. 7
Tom Davies (on 69) – showed his usual pace and tenacity which forced Burnley back. 6
Sandro Ramirez (on 82) – didn’t have too much time to make an impact. 5


Nick Pope – one simple save from Niasse in the first half, another from Calvert-Lewin late on. Made both without breaking sweat. 6

2 Matt Lowton – at the centre of two Everton penalty shouts in the last 10 minutes, but either decision for hand-ball would have been harsh. Made up for physical limitations with a strong work rate. 6

James Tarkowski – an outstanding performance. Shepherded forwards away from danger areas, showing remarkable maturity for someone embarking on their first season of regular football at this level. 9
Ben Mee – outpaced early on by Calvert-Lewin, but quickly improved and has given his partner a guiding hand. 8
Stephen Ward – got forward on numerous occasions in the first half, assisting for Hendrick’s goal. More disciplined after the break. 8

Jack Cork – protected the defence well. Not the most physically imposing player but his intelligence and reading of the game was impressive. 7
Steven Defour – guilty of being a tad slow to close down early on, but steadily improved. Burnley’s best passer of a ball. 6

Scott Arfield – put in an excellent shift, winning free-kicks and played one or two key passes into good areas. 7
Jeff Hendrick – took his goal neatly and protected the midfield unit well, making it hard for the opposition to play through the lines. Waned in influence in an attacking sense in the second half. 7
Robbie Brady – switched off when Baines ran forward on a couple of occasions in the second half and was caught in two minds when he had a good chance to square for Wood. 4

Chris Wood – some good link-up play in the latter stages of the first half, but at other times he was far too isolated. His work rate though suggests he has been Dyche-ified. 5

Ashley Barnes (on 88)