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Everton player ratings as Mason Holgate struggles most and five others poor in Burnley defeat – Liverpool Echo

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Jordan Pickford – 5

Not much he could do about either goal while he was on the pitch, but he did pick up an injury which would eventually force him off in the first half. Given his recent form, Everton will hope it’s not a serious issue.

Mason Holgate – 4

Everton needed their width to come from the full backs from the start and while Holgate was getting up into the right areas, he regularly couldn’t find a teammate with his crosses. Not his finest display, and he was eventually replaced by Seamus Coleman.

Michael Keane – 5

His pass to Tom Davies in the lead-up to Burnley’s opening goal placed some unwarranted pressure on the midfielder, and that output from defence didn’t really recover for the England international from that point on.

Ben Godfrey – 6

Much more dynamic than his central defensive partner throughout, Godfrey was on hand to make a number of important blocks throughout the game to stop Burnley scoring even more goals than they did.

Lucas Digne – 6

The France international was constantly breaking forward and offering an outlet down the left hand side and his crossing ability was much better than his teammate on the opposite flank, although it unfortunately didn’t lead to any goals on this occasion.

Tom Davies – 6

Was culpable for the first goal when losing the ball, but redeemed himself with a fantastic cross to find Calvert-Lewin and get Everton off the mark. Can consider himself a little unfortunate to be replaced by Josh King when he was.

Allan – 5

Not really at his usual best throughout large portions of this game, including losing out on an important tackle as Dwight McNeil made the game 2-0 in the first half. Some of his forward passes were strong, but this wasn’t his best display.

Andre Gomes – 5

Wasn’t on it in the first half, with far too many passes not being able to find their targets, but there was a slight improvement in the second period when Everton tried desperately to find an equaliser.

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Alex Iwobi – 5

Was given an opportunity in his “preferred position”, but was back on the wing after half an hour having failed to make a real impact. He was direct and didn’t do all too much wrong, in truth, but couldn’t create too many opportunities.

Richarlison – 5

Caused a few problems with shots from outside the area and tried to make himself a handful for the Burnley defence I the first half, but he was more quiet in the second period – aside from some nice link-up play with King.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 6

Earns an extra mark for finding the back of the net once more with a powerful header from Davies’ cross, but he’ll certainly be disappointed to have not had more goals. His touch let him down on more than one occasion here.

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Joao Virginia – 6

Not the best circumstance to be making your Premier League debut, but he stood up well to make a couple of important saves in the second half.

Josh King – 5

Looked bright again after his introduction but some nice link-up play wasn’t enough to get Everton back into this game.

Seamus Coleman – 5

Returned from injury and instantly made a much-needed impact down the right flank, but it just wasn’t enough on this occasion.

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