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Everton and Leeds United share the spoils as Demarai Gray scores his first goal for Everton

It was a lively end to end game at Elland Road with a draw probably being the fairest result in the end.

Neither team were on top for enough time to say they deserved the victory. 

A 2-2 result meant that Leeds gained their first point of the season.

It was not the worst point in the world for Everton but having been in front twice it would have been expected that they would have won the game.

Another individual mistake from Michael Keane and a wondergoal from Raphinha stopped them from getting six points from six.

Let’s have a look at some Everton player ratings from their second game of the season.

Player ratings

Jordan Pickford: 7

Had nothing much to do all game. Couldn’t have done too much more with the first equaliser as it was due to poor defending why Klich went through on goal. Impossible to stop Raphinha’s lethal strike. 

Seamus Coleman: 7

Solid as ever but couldn’t really make an impression in attacking areas. Defensively sound as he so often is.

Yerry Mina: 5

Ended up being bullied by Bamford in the first half. Was a great laugh when he sat on the ball though and started playfighting with the striker. Got the last laugh though as he won a vital header in the last seconds to deny Bamford from winning it.

Michael Keane: 3

Another woeful individual mistake led to the first Leeds equaliser. Looked uncomfortable on the ball and will seriously need to improve if he wants to keep his place in the starting line-up. Headed chance in additional time to win the game, not enough power on the header.

Lucas Digne: 6

Normally Everton’s best attacking outlet down the left but couldn’t get into the game today losing possession 19 times. Dealt with the dangerous Raphinha well enough even though he scored.

Allan: 5

Struggled to help out the Everton defence when passing out from the back and looked anonymous in the first half with there being lots of space in the middle of the park for Leeds to attacl. Always gets stuck in with the nitty and gritty stuff and he did that in the second half to secure the point for Benitez’s men.

Abdoulaye Doucoure: 5

Was missing in the midfield in the first half as he and Allan got bypassed too much. Didn’t give the defence passing options on too many occasions which meant Everton struggled with build-up play. Was an attacking threat getting the assist for Gray but could not get on the ball enough to provide more for the front men. Came so close to a last-minute deflected winner.

Demarai Gray: 8

Was by far Everton’s best player. Provided the best attacking threat in the first half putting in crosses for Calvert-Lewin and showing his rapid pace. Got Everton’s second goal in great fashion with a little step over before firing it through Stuart Dallas’ legs into the bottom right corner.

Richarlison: 5

Not his best performance in an Everton shirt. Did not have a single shot on target all game and neither did he successfully dribble past anyone. Looked tired and so he should after his summer with Brazil.

Alex Iwobi: 6

Done next to nothing in the first half but was much more involved in the second half. Got the pre-assist for Gray’s goal after holding the ball up brilliantly before releasing it for Doucoure.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin: 8

Fantastic penalty to give Everton the lead after winning it himself. Everton’s main attacking threat and yet again Benitez played to his strengths by getting the ball into him. Could have easily had a hat-rick but Meslier made two strong saves denying him a headed goal then a one on one. Continues the way he is, and he will have an ever better season than last.

Substitutes:

Andros Townsend (75): 4

Did not change the game in any way, could not influence anything as he struggled to get on the ball. One shot on target which was simple for Meslier to save.

Fabian Delph (83): 5

Brought on to calm the game down and done that by holding onto possession. Would have given every Everton fan a scare with his slide tackle in added time in the penalty area.

Moise Kean (90): N/A

Don’t think he touched the ball.

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