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Player Ratings: Everton 3-1 Queens Park Rangers

Sports Mole rates the best and worst players in Everton's 3-0 Premier League victory over Queens Park Rangers.

Everton claimed a 3-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers to end a four-game winless run in the Premier League.

Ross Barkley fired the Blues ahead and a deflected Kevin Mirallas free kick gave them a two-goal lead at the break.

Steven Naismith headed in a third shortly after half time, before Bobby Zamora pulled back a goal late on for the visitors.

Here, Sports Mole has rated the performances of each of the players on show at Goodison Park.


Everton's English midfielder Ross Barkley (C) celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match against Queens Park Rangers on December 15, 2014© Getty Images

EVERTON:

Goal

Tim Howard: Was barely tested by the visiting attack, but will be disappointed that he palmed out Mutch's effort straight into the path of Zamora to tap in QPR's only goal. (6/10)

Defence

Seamus Coleman: Always looked to get involved in his team's attacks down the right and was reliable at the back. (7/10)

Sylvain Distin: Solid display from the veteran on the eve of his 37th birthday. He was comfortable on the ball and kept Vargas quiet all evening. (7/10)

Phil Jagielka: The England international made a number of crucial blocks early on and was strong in the air throughout. (7/10)

Leighton Baines: Not the best of performances from the full-back, who gave away the ball cheaply on a couple of occasions and could not provide his usual influence on the game. (6/10)

Midfield

Aiden McGeady: Did not see too much of the ball, but he produced a fine cross for Naismith to head in the third and wrap up the points. (6/10)

Ross Barkley: Excellent performance from the England international, who played in a deeper role than usual. He opened the scoring with a great strike into the top corner and was brilliant on the ball throughout. (8/10)

Muhamed Besic: Alongside Barkley, the Bosnian was a rock in Everton's midfield. He made some vital challenges and helped his side to dominate the match. (8/10)

Attack

Kevin Mirallas: Lively showing as ever from the Belgian. His goal may have come from a fortunate deflection, but he provided a real threat in attack and always looked dangerous on the ball. (7/10)

Steven Naismith: The Scot was at the heart of many of his side's best moves. He caused the QPR defence plenty of trouble throughout and he headed in the third goal of the match. (8/10)

Romelu Lukaku: Quiet display from the striker. He struggled to get into the game and was unable to test Green. (6/10)

Substitutes

Steven Pienaar: Had little influence when he came on for McGeady. (6/10)

Arouna Kone: Was brought on in stoppage time and could not make any impact. (6/10)

Samuel Eto'o: Looked lively after coming on and hit the post right at the end. (6/10)


Queens Park Rangers' English striker Bobby Zamora (L) scores QPR's first goal during the English Premier League football match against Everton on December 15, 2014© Getty Images

QPR:

Goal

Robert Green: Hard to blame for the first two goals, which both took big deflections, but his poor clearance led to the third that sealed the win for Everton. (5/10)

Defence

Mauricio Isla: Was caught out by Mirallas on a couple of occasions and failed to get involved in his team's attacks. (6/10)

Nedum Onuoha : Could not have done much about the goals, but dealt well with the threat of Lukaku. (6/10)

Richard Dunne: Failed to deal with Green's poor clearance that helped Everton in for their third goal. Struggled at times to keep up with the pace of the home side's attack. (6/10)

Yun Suk-Young: Was rarely beaten down his side of the pitch and tried to help his team going forward. (6/10)

Midfield

Matt Phillips: Tried his luck with an effort from range early on, but did make too much impact and was replaced by Zamora just before the hour mark. (5/10)

Joey Barton: Battled well for the ball as Everton's midfield dominated. Delivered a couple of decent free kicks in the first half. (6/10)

Leroy Fer: Did not have too much influence on the proceedings and was replaced by Kranjcar late on. (6/10)

Jordon Mutch: His late shot was spilled by Howard and tucked in by Zamora for QPR's only goal of the game. Aside from that, he rarely got on the ball and his poor challenge on Mirallas in the final minutes left the Belgian needing to be stretchered off. (5/10)

Junior Hoilett: Tried his best to inject some pace into the QPR attack, but none of his attempts on goal came close to really troubling Howard. (6/10)

Attack

Eduardo Vargas: Looked lively in the opening minutes of the game, but faded as the game wore on and barely had a sniff of goal. (5/10)

Substitutes

Bobby Zamora: Scored the only goal of the game for Palace with a tap in, but that proved to be his only chance. (6/10)

Niko Kranjcar: Had a couple of efforts on goal, but failed to put Howard under pressure. (6/10)


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