[Player Ratings] Everton 1-0 Chelsea: Blues Come Unstuck Against Toffees

By on September 15, 2013

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Chelsea suffered their first defeat of the Premier League in a 1-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday evening. A solitary goal from Steven Naismith seconds before half-time was enough to condemn Chelsea to defeat. The Scottish international rose unmarked in the penalty area after Nikica Jelavic had returned a Leon Osman cross.

Chelsea enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the second half but failed to carve out any significant attempts on goal. Before the goal Chelsea should have been in front after Tim Howard had carelessly given possession to Andre Schurrle who squared for debutant Samuel Eto’o. Despite an open goal, Gareth Barry – making his Everton debut – kept the score level with a last-ditch tackle that deflected the ball over.

Eto’o had gone close with a header earlier on and Schurrle went close to equalising in the second half with a delicate chip but Jose Mourniho’s men could not make possession count and so continues their patchy record at Goodison Park.

Both Chelsea and Everton had enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season before Saturday’s evening kick-off, although Roberto Martinez had yet to register a league victory in charge of the Toffees. But it was the blue of Merseyside left celebrating at the final whistle, who picked up their first three points of the season, and remain unbeaten in the league; a record they share with local rivals Liverpool.

Here are ratings for Jose Mourinho’s men:

Chelsea

Cech- 6- was reliable when called upon. Left to look silly for the goal by David Luiz who should have been marking Naismith. Palmed away a threatening Mirallas effort in the second half.

Cole- 6- lacked his usual attacking presence but was mainly reliable in his defensive duties.

David Luiz- 5- the Brazilian doesn’t need an excuse to attack and he drove his team forward from the back at times. But the defender was drawn out to the ball and failed to return in time to prevent Naismith heading the winner.

Terry- 7- barely put a foot wrong. Enjoyed a solid game but could not inspire his team to a fight-back.

Ivanovich- 7- another consistent display from the Serb. Supported his team in attack and always looked a threat from set-pieces. Received a yellow card for an unnecessary hand-ball.

Ramires- 6- impressed in the first half with some surging and powerful runs forward. Went close to scoring with a shot that he did well to get out of his feet when it was tight. Influence waned as the game went on.

Mikel- 5- lost possession in the middle of the park which then led to Everton’s goal. Committed a couple of clumsy fouls in the second half in dangerous positions when Chelsea needed the ball at the other end of the pitch.

Schurrle- 6- kept himself busy and did well to put Howard under pressure before intercepting his pass. Should have done better when through on goal in the second half, deciding to chip Howard when an assured side-foot may have been better.

Mata- 5- a rare start for the Spaniard under Mourinho started brightly, causing Everton problems with his incisive passing and tidy control. But his influence dwindled and he was quickly subbed.

Hazard- 4- the Belgian seems to have extremely good games or terribly bad ones: this was more the latter. Was too often a passenger in a side that cried out for a moment of inspirational genius; a quality we all know the winger possesses.

Eto’o- 6- Chelsea’s newest recruit went close to opening his account on two occasions in the first half but the former Cameroon international looked a yard off the pace of play. Should be a quality addition once brought up to speed.

Subs

Oscar- 5- almost made an immediate impact as he sought to run through two Everton players. The play-maker took a tumble under pressure but ref Howard Webb saw no penalty despite his appeals.

Lampard- 5- should really have started in place of Mikel. Lampard has a good goal-scoring record against the Toffees and he nearly broke through the middle when he came on but couldn’t quite control the pass. Had little effect on the game.

Torres- 3- may as well have not bothered coming on. Passes were wayward, his touch was heavy and he did little to make his presence felt when Chelsea were desperate for a goal. Mourinho may well have loaned out the wrong striker.

Chelsea’s Man of the Match- Ivanovich- says much about the performance that a defender wins this week’s award. Strong, assured and made contributions in attack.

Tell us your thoughts on Chelsea’s first loss of the season. Did Mourinho pick the wrong team? Should Oscar have been awarded a penalty in the second half? What did you make of Samuel Eto’o’s debut? Was it a bad miss or was it a brilliant saving tackle from Gareth Barry? Please leave you comments below…

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25 Comments

  1. Jeffrey

    September 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    What a rubbish! Mikel played quite well, so I wonder which match you watched.
    Lampard cause the defense of the opponent little prob so where does that rating come from?

  2. Taiwo

    September 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Which match are you talking about?where did you watch your ball?if we are talking about “MIKEL”performace yesterday is not compared to that RAMIRES who make a silley passing that lead to goal.nonsense player Rating…..

  3. Segun ade

    September 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Dat’s aw dese raters do.
    Ramires was a mistak in d selectn. Lampard shuld av played instead bt chelsea can do beta.

  4. Enwereaku chidera

    September 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Mikel supposed 2 b d man of d match, hw can u rank him 5, dnt u guys saw his accurate passes? 4 samuel eto’o, i never surported Mourinho in particular & chelsea in general 2 buy him. It is too brouhaha 2 buy a player of 32 years wen we leave Drogba 2 go on dat same kind of age.

  5. Whalez

    September 15, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Dz guy s a fool,..whu tld u mikel cost us d goal…perhaps,It waz ramires whu miscontrolled in d middle f d park…plz,jus stop discrimintin dis african players..

  6. Martins

    September 15, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    This man is a racist! Am sure you did not watch this match. Chelsea played well and the match could have gone either way.

  7. Larry

    September 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    You gave terry a 7,when he was guilty ☀̤̣̈̇f the goal..he kept the everton players onside,marked no one till d ball was in d net,You gave Torres 3 when he hardly got the ball and can U̶̲̥̅̊ justify your rating cox he played wif eto upfront αΩ̴d̶̲̅ dat same period,eto αΩ̴d̶̲̅ Torres hardly got the ball..everything is wrong at d club,we don’t need a big coach,we jux need someone dat can blend dix world class talents at our disposal αΩ̴d̶̲̅ Mou is not the best candidate at dat

  8. Rabz Akoshi

    September 15, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Stop been a racist mikel played beta dan al d midfield players , i dnt knw d reason u guyz hate hm ds much… Mtcchheew wawa

  9. Success ugbune

    September 15, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Mikel head wil judge all d haters. He was chelsea best player yesterday

  10. ysf

    September 15, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    For a team with desperate defenders, u need very fast strikers. The ref was so biased. Generally, something is wrong with Chelsea attack since Drogba left.

  11. prince ope bambo

    September 15, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I think d writer of dis page Ȋ̝̊̅̄​Ƨ̷̜̩̌̋​ a rogue… He/she needs to seek forgiveness frm God. Mikel rili played out his heart in dat match… I tink Mourinho shud be relieved of his managerial post, he made a relatively wrong substitution by removin Mata… What I tink Ȋ̝̊̅̄​Ƨ̷̜̩̌̋​ dat Schurrl shud be d first sub in dat match, he shud av tried d trio of Mata,Oscar, and Hazard… Luiz also shud be warned,he moves out so often from the defence… Cahill shud be selected in his place next time… I rest my case.

  12. charles

    September 15, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    why is mikel always at the center of controversy? why cant he just have a good game & impress evryone like the likes of yaya toure,drogba, & other successful african footballers…… he dosnt play & not good enof for chelsea….simple

  13. JAMENC

    September 15, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    I dnt knw if your tv is misfunctioning… Hw wil u rate Mikel and Hazard that low? As 4 me,Mikel was the main man there!

  14. 4lan

    September 15, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Tank God u ar nt a footballer. U ar eventually d flop of d week 4 dis ur ratin….Ramires lost d posesion dat leads 2 d goal nd i wunder y hazard deserv just 4/10 ratin…Rubbish!!!al 2ru

  15. frank

    September 15, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    The owner of this site is a big fool for that ratings. Mikel and mata played very well. IDIOT!

  16. t-mighty

    September 15, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    This is my first time of surfing your web and am really disappointed. Your rating depicted how biased you are and the individual analysis has nothing to write home about.

  17. t-mighty

    September 15, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Who’s that ‘Imbessile’ that said Mikel should play like Yaya and Drogba. You should hav known better. Mikel is in the class of his own. Mikel has strived under 7 world class coaches in Chelsea. He playd an integral part to win d Champs. Yaya could not.

  18. Josh

    September 15, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    I don’t knw wer u got dis frm.Are u sure u watched dis match?cos i c no reason u blame mikel 4 another players fault.u must be a racist.

  19. paul

    September 15, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Mumu analyst that doesn’t know football, anybody that employed u needs to be relieved of his duties, idiot.

  20. odun282916

    September 15, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    they have said it all. please go and watch the match again and readjust your rating. next time watch the match very well before you rate any player!!!”

  21. Isaac

    September 16, 2013 at 5:36 am

    I don’t know why all this hates on MIKEL despite all his performances during the game GOAL.COM voted him flop of the, now is FOOT-TALK.CO.UK claiming that he is the cause of Chelsea defeat. Well, seems MIKEL is not sexy enough in you guys eyes please let him be, why Chelsea still keep him why not let him go?;thick twice..

  22. Minato79

    September 16, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Dis site offer 2 be banned cuz if mikel was d flop den y wasn’t he subbed. I pray ur misjudgement catches up wit u n den blamin a player hu played wit all his hrt will be a lesson 4u…:).

  23. Solocom

    September 16, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Bad and terrible rating, Mikel and Ivanovic were superb in dat match…Mr rater, c’mon be fair in ur judgement nxt time and rate players wit open mind, stop being biased.

  24. Joe Carroll

    September 16, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Hi everyone

    Apologies for the error. Of course it was not Mikel who lost the ball leading up to Everton’s goal (I was hurrying to finish the article and put the description about Mikel losing the ball when it should have gone under Ramires).

    However my rating for Mikel still stands. He rarely offered anything going forward and when Chelsea really needed the ball back from Everton in the closing stages, he committed a couple of very clumsy challenges that almost led to Everton scoring a second.

    I think Mikel is a very tidy player, and usually does a solid job of protecting his back 4 but for me he didnt perform in this game.

    That’s my opinion, just as you are all entitled to yours. No need for anyone to get abusive and certainly no need to accuse me of ‘being racist’ when nothing could be further from the truth. It was a simple error made while submitting the article.

    And Solocom, I agree that Ivanovich was superb, which is why I gave him my MOM award. He had a couple of chances to score and defended very well.

  25. JAMES

    September 16, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Mikel did not play well in the first half to be honest with you guys so I was thinking Mourinho will sub him at the begining of the second half but he didn’t. However Mikel put up a scintillating performance which Mourinho find difficult to sub him. Mikel should be rated 6. Harzard should have been rated 5. While mourinho should be blame for his selection,tactics and subtitution. I think Mourinho is putting friendship and sentiment in this Chelsea team. Against Bayern Munich Mourinho said Chelsea where the better team but chelsea lost.Against Everton Mourinho also said Chelsea where the better team and Chelsea lost again.The question is when will Mr Mourinho learn how to accept defeat? I think Mourinho might not finish his contract at Chelsea unless he changes his tactics and put sentiment and friendship aside otherwise what happened at Madrid will repeat itself at Chelsea.Lukaku would have done better than Eto if given the same 90 minutes like Eto while Victor Moses would have mounted so much pressure in the Everton defence and give Chelsea depth and creativity that Chelsea lack. With Moses and Lukaku Chelsea would have gotten 3 point against Everton.Unfortunately both of them are on loan. I just hope Mourinho will not bite his fingers at the end of the season. Good Luck to Mourinho and to all Chelsea Fans!

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