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Toothless Everton opened their new season with a 0-1 home loss vs Fulham. The Cottagers were not very good themselves but they finished the game stronger and that was enough. Now we give you our Everton vs Fulham player ratings, as well as our voted Player of the Match.
- Everton’s best chance came 40 seconds into the match. After that, the hosts were feeling pretty blue.
- Fulham needed Bernd Leno’s saves to stay at 0-0 up until the hour mark.
- Positive late substitutions gave Fulham the edge in the dying minutes. This was when substitute Cordova-Reid scored the goal that decided the match.
Everton player ratings: Maupay can’t buy a goal
GK Jordan Pickford 5.8/10 – At fault for the goal that decided the match. In general, shaky all game.
DF Nathan Patterson 5.2/10 – Very bad display. The mistakes just kept on piling.
DF Michael Keane 6.5/10 – Solid for about an hour. Had problems with his fitness late on.
DM James Tarkowski 6.1/10 – Played a bad game. Never looked comfortable defending Mitrovic when the Serb came on.
DF Ashley Young 6.0/10 – Not a good debut. He is 38 and it showed.
MF Alex Iwobi 6.9/10 – Had a decent first half. Faded late on.
MF Amadou Onana 7.4/10 – Everton’s best player. Couldn’t do it himself though.
MF Idrissa Gueye 6.1/10 – Awful passing stats. Too many fouls too.
MF James Garner 6.3/10 – Quiet and ineffective.
MF Abdoulaye Doucoure 6.8/10 – Started well. Didn’t do much in the second half.
FW Nael Maupay 6.1/10 – Made it 41 consecutive games without a goal. Wasted 3 good chances too easily.
MF Arnaut Danjuma 6.1/10 – Didn’t have much of an impact.
MF Louis Dobbin N/A
Fulham player ratings: unbeatable Leno and strong subs
GK Bernd Leno 8.0/10 – Made a series of fine saves in the opening hour. Also, collected numerous crosses confidently.
DF Kenny Tete 7.1/10 – Good defensively. Also, carried a threat when venturing forward.
DF Tim Ream 7.0/10 – Unable to contain Maupay early on. Got better as the game progressed.
DF Issa Diop 7.7/10 – Excellent showing. Dominant and decisive. No mistakes were made.
DF Antonee Robinson 7.2/10 – Quiet start but got better in the second half.
MF Harrison Reid 7.0/10 – Created dangers with his through balls.
MF Sasa Lukic 6.9/10 – Lost too many battles in the air. Apart from that solid.
MF Tom Cairney 6.9/10 – Strong on the ball but his crosses from set pieces were not good.
MF Harry Wilson 7.4/10 – Quiet early on. Exploded to life just before halftime and only kept going in the second half.
FW Raul Jimenez 6.1/10 – Very passive on his debut. Didn’t do much.
FW Willian 6.5/10 – Tried hard but kept running into traffic.
FW De Cordova-Reid 7.1/10 – Came off the bench and scored the winner.
FW Aleksander Mitrovic 6.9/10 – Played well once coming on. Showed aggression and good motivation.
FW Andreas Pereira 7.0/10 – Another very impactful sub. Brought creativity. Provided the assist for the winning goal.
Player of the Match: Bernd Leno
Fulham’s goalkeeper Bernd Leno made some fine saves early on and this was what kept the Cottagers in contention. With no outstanding attacking performances, it is somewhat logical to select the busier goalie that also kept a clean sheet as our Player of the Match.
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