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Player Ratings – Everton 1, Cardiff City 0

Player Ratings – Everton 1, Cardiff City 0

Neil Etheridge

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Everton had 71 per cent possession according to the stats, but the home team rarely tested the Cardiff ‘keeper. Booking for time wasting just before half-time and had no chance with Sigurdsson’s winner 7

Man of the Match – Bruno Manga

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Personally, I am still not comfortable seeing the Gabon international at right-back, but he keeps producing quality performances and proving me wrong. He is an excellent centre-half and that’s where he may play later in the season 8

Sean Morrison (capt)

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Suffered broken nose last time out, but was fit and firing at Goodison. Solid alongside the excellent Bamba and added a potent threat when he went forward for set pieces 6

Sol Bamba

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When Sol is in this form he is a high end Premier defender. Won his aerial duels, made a number of crucial interceptions and cleared one Sigurdsson effort off the line 8

Gregg Cunningham

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Has slotted in at left-back ahead of Joe Bennett. That was a surprise to me, but he was more than a match for Seamus Coleman and Theo Walcott down that side. Powered forward when he could and might have had a penalty when Coleman brought him down 7

Joe Ralls

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You always know what you will get from Ralls. He is a 100 per cent player who will do everything possible for his team. This wasn’t Rallsy at his best, but he gave everything in the cause 5

Victor Camarasa

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The Spanish playmaker has more to give. He works for the team, but is perhaps still adjusting to the bigger role he plays for Cardiff. He is going to grow into the job he does 5

Aron Gunnarsson

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Clashed with close pal Sigurdsson and came out on the wrong end of their match-up. Gunnar is a huge competitor, but this was not one of his best performances 6

Harry Arter

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Back in the team after saving a one-game suspension. Adds energy, aggression and quality to the team. He is going to be a crucial player for City over the rest of this season 6

Kadeem Harris

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The young winger has had a terrific season and has edged ahead of Junior Hoilett and Josh Murphy in the current pecking order. Has pace to burn, but there were few chances to use that against Everton 5

Callum Paterson

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The effervescent Scot is a fantastic player to have in the squad. He isn’t a natural centre-forward, but, boy, does he give everything. Lived on scraps, but almost scored from a late header 6

Substitutes

Lee Peltier, not used

Joe Bennett, not used

Danny Ward (for Camarasa 85)

Josh Murphy (for Harris 67)

Alex Smithies (gk), not used

Bobby Decordova-Reid, not used

Junior Hoilett (for Arter 74)

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