By Daniel Feliciano

5th Mar, 2023 | 3:53pm

Everton battled to a 2-2 draw at Nottingham Forest and earned a hard-fought point at the City Ground as they remain in the relegation zone.

The Toffees took the lead through a Demarai Gray penalty before Brennan Johnson equalised after some great work not long later.

Everton weathered the storm and got back in front before the break, with Abdoulaye Doucoure heading home to take them into the break in the lead.

It was a hotly contested second half with both teams battling, but Johnson equalised with 14 minutes to spare after a lovely move, bending the ball into the top corner from just inside the box.

Here is how we rated the performance of each Everton player at Goodison News…

Jordan Pickford – 4/10

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The number one should have done better with the goal he conceded, plain and simple. He makes a good save to deny Morgan Gibbs-White, but he parries it straight back into danger and that’s where the goal comes from. Outside of that, he was good.

Seamus Coleman – 6/10

The skipper was everywhere today and battled hard throughout. His energy was great, he defended really well in one-on-one situations and was a threat going forward. Should have been given a penalty too.

Michael Keane – 7/10

A shock inclusion after the midweek horror-show, but he played well. He was dominant in the air, helping with an assist, but also defended on the front-foot a lot and made sure to win his battles. A strong performance.

James Tarkowski – 6/10

Tarkowski was decent throughout, but a few rash challenges put us under pressure at different points. His passing was a bit rubbish, lumping it forward aimlessly but defensively he did little wrong.

Ben Godfrey – 5/10

Godfrey was clearly playing out of position, but his physical attributes were a big help in what was a really physical game. His man scored twice, but Mykolenko has been worse than that for some time. Worth trying the experiment again.

Idrissa Gueye – 8/10

A much improved performance from the experienced midfielder. He was absolutely everywhere in midfield, breaking up play, trying to create chances and even dribbling between the lines. A much better showing and exactly what we need.

Amadou Onana – 3/10

Considering how the game was, with lots of duels and space, Onana failed to shine for the most part. The Belgian didn’t look totally comfortable out there and never really made any sort of impact positively. Not a good showing.

Abdoulaye Doucoure – 9/10

Doucoure continues to reward Sean Dyche for bringing him back into the side, and this was his best performance yet. Once again his energy was relentless, but he got a goal from arriving into the box late and almost had an assist too but Gray’s shot was blocked. A top performance.

Alex Iwobi – 6/10

Since his move to the right Iwobi has become less influential on the team, but he’s doing the job asked of him and nobody can ask for more than that. He’s running hard, working for the team and providing a threat in attack, but his final ball continues to let him down.

Demarai Gray – 7/10

Gray is the club’s best attacker, and he showed it with this performance. The Everton man got his goal, but he also ran the channels brilliantly, linked up with the midfield well and ran until he couldn’t anymore. An encouraging showing when we need a spark.

Dwight McNeil – 7/10

Once again it was an odd game for McNeil who started at 100mph with great quality and influence, before slowly starting to disappear. While he was good he was great though, so we need more of that for 90 minutes at a time.


Neal Maupay – N/A

Tom Davies – N/A