Player ratings as Oumar Niasse gets a 7 after rescuing Everton but just 4 for Morgan Schneiderlin in draw with West Brom

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Oumar Niasse equalised 57 seconds after coming off the bench.

Oumar Niasse rescued Everton with an equalising goal 57 seconds after coming off the bench as the Toffees grinded out a 1-1 draw against West Brom at Goodison Park.

Jay Rodriguez’s seventh minute strike had put the Baggies in front but Niasse’s goal in the 70th minute from a Theo Walcott assist ensured Sam Allardyce’s men avoided losing four Premier League matches on the bounce.

In what was a frustrating afternoon for the Merseysiders against Alan Pardew’s lowly outfit, we rate the performances of both teams:

EVERTON

Jordan Pickford: Could do nothing with the goal. His clearances were strong and he is the one dependable in a backline prone to errors. Made a couple of key stops in the second-half. 

Jonjoe Kenny: Tested Ben Foster with a tame left-foot shot in the 38th minute to ironic cheers as Everton registered their first shot on target this year. Struggled with the powerful running of Chris Brunt as fit-again Seamus Coleman watched on from the stands. 5

Mason Holgate: Caught the wrong side of Jay Rodriguez for the goal which cost him chance of stopping the West Brom forward in his tracks. Tentative all afternoon in one of his poorest displays for Toffees. 5

Ashley Williams: Returned to captain side but hopelessly caught out of position for opening goal. Looked like he could get exposed by West Brom every time the visitors burst forward. 5

Cuco Martina: Caught on his heels for the goal and didn’t look assured in the left-back role – heightening Everton’s need to bring in a natural full-back in this position. 5

Morgan Schneiderlin: Gave the ball way and was booked for challenge on Gareth Barry that led to McCarthy-Rondon incident. Missing the dynamism of old in the bucket load. 4

James McCarthy: Horrible to watch the midfielder stretched off with a suspected broken leg after he did well to track Rondon’s run into the penalty area. Sad, sad moment after an all-action display from Republic of Ireland star. 6

Theo Walcott: Worked his socks off, with plenty of closing down and putting himself about. Showed great composure to head ball back across goal for Oumar Niasse to rifle home. Dipping volley late on could have made it a dream debut. 7

Gylfi Sigurdsson: Nice touches and always willing to receive the ball under pressure. The one man who looked like he could make something happen in what was a poor all-round attacking performance. 6

Nikola Vlasic: Bright early on and showed plenty of enthusiasm on the left flank but faded quickly. Replaced by Yannick Bolasie at the break. 5

Cenk Tosun: Put himself about on his home debut and showed he can deal with physical element of Premier League. The fact the home crowd wanted him to stay on when he was subbed showed they approved of his work-rate. 6

SUBSTITUTES:

Yannick Bolasie: Entered the fray for Vlasic on the left-hand side at half-time but didn’t manage to muster much of an impact, being overshadowed by the other two subs. 5

Wayne Rooney: Came on for injured McCarthy and delivered the ball exquisitely to Walcott to then lay onto Niasse for equaliser. His presence seemed to lift everyone. 7

Oumar Niasse: Scored vital goal just moments after coming on for Tosun with typical instinctive finish. The crowd didn’t want him on, but yet again Senegalese striker showed his strong character. 7

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20: Theo Walcott of Everton is challenged by Grzegorz Krychowiak of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between Everton and West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park on January 20, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Theo Walcott battled hard on his Everton debut.

WEST BROM:

Ben Foster: Not his busiest afternoon against a misfiring Everton attack but did everything that was asked of him and could have done nothing for the goal. 6

Craig Dawson: Solid enough at full-back to restrict both Vlasic and Bolasie from delivering any telling moments on the game. 6

Jonny Evans: Strong display at the back and speculation linking him to Manchester City doesn’t seem to be having any effect on his performances. Subbed in second-half. 7

Ahmed Hegazi: Was tested when Niasse came on but dealt with Tosun relatively comfortably as the Baggies were forced to hang on in the end. 6

Kieran Gibbs: Relished coming up against his former Arsenal team-mate Walcott and there was no love lost between the two. However, the Toffees attacker did escape him for the goal. 6

Grzegorz Krychowiak: Delightful through pass for the opening goal which cut open the Toffees backline with ease. Faded in the second. 6

Gareth Barry: The veteran seemingly enjoyed his return to Merseyside and did well to shackle Everton’s front attacking three. Schooled Schneiderlin to suggest maybe the Toffees sold the wrong defensive midfielder. 6

Chris Brunt: Close in 21st minute with bending shot and a constant outlet for the Baggies, causing a shaky Everton defence plenty of problems. Subbed for fresh legs in second period. 6

Matt Phillips: Didn’t make life easy for Martina as the home crowd began to get on defender’s back. Effort in 78th minute stung the palms of Pickford. Great work ethic. 6

Jay Rodriguez: Finished off nicely for his second goal in three matches and looks to have rediscovered that bit of confidence we became used to seeing from the forward a few seasons ago. 7

Salomon Rondon: Powerful forward in tears after inadvertently kicking McCarthy in horrible injury incident. Did his best to keep emotions in check after that and always threatened Everton, hitting bar in stoppage time. 6

SUBSTITUTES:

Jake Livermore: Brought fresh legs into the game after Brunt had done his bit. 5

James McClean: Part of double switch by the Baggies to get more energy onto the pitch as Everton searched for a winner. 5

Gareth McAuley: Came on for Evans for the final 15 minutes and was a like-for-like sub to keep things tight. 5

Rodriguez put West Brom ahead early on.

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Hazard took his career league tally to 100 goals in the win over Brighton.

Eden Hazard scored his 100th career league goal when he struck in the third minute for Chelsea in their Premier League clash with Brighton on Saturday.

The 27-year-old Belgian star – who had lost his goal touch of late after a blistering start to the season – scored after Brighton’s Dale Stephens failed to properly clear Victor Moses’s cross.

The goal was Hazard’s 64th for Chelsea since he joined them in 2012 having found the net 36 times for French Ligue 1 outfit Lille.

For good measure he added a second in the second-half — his eighth league goal this term — as Chelsea eased to a 4-0 win over the struggling Seagulls.

“It’s my job (scoring goals), that’s why I like to play football,” said Hazard.

A young fan, who was holding a piece of paper with “Hazard 10 can I have your shirt”, had his wish come true as the Belgian went over after the final whistle and handed it to him.

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Hazard scored two goals in Chelsea's 4-0 win.

Eden Hazard inspired Chelsea to a 4-0 victory at Brighton to give the champions their first Premier League win of 2018.

Lightning strikes from Hazard and Willian fired Antonio Conte’s side, stuttering in the top four on the back of three straight draws, into a two-goal lead in the opening six minutes.

Belgian playmaker Hazard then took his tally for the season to 11 with a fine solo goal before Victor Moses added a late fourth.

Seagulls boss Chris Hughton, yet to see his side take a point from any of the top six, reverted to a back five against the Blues – but it was soon apparent they would not be breaking their duck just yet.

Only three minutes had elapsed when Moses reached the byline and his cut-back found its way to Hazard, who sidestepped Lewis Dunk before firing home.

And three minutes later Hazard and Michy Batshuayi combined in a blur of backheels before Willian provided the finish from just inside the area.

Willian scored just minuted after Hazard's goal.

Willian scored just minuted after Hazard’s goal.

It was a stunning goal and ruthless stuff from a Chelsea side who had scored only once in their previous four matches.

They were hit by injuries to four players as well as bans for Alvaro Morata and Pedro following Wednesday night’s chaotic FA Cup tie against Norwich.

But for a spell the Blues looked as though they would score every time they went forward with Hazard leading the charge, teeing up first Willian and then Batshuayi whose efforts were saved by Mathew Ryan.

To their credit, Brighton had their moments in the first half, too. They had two decent penalty shouts for trips on Ezequiel Schelotto, first by Blues keeper Willy Caballero – in for the injured Thibaut Courtois – and then Tiemoue Bakayoko.

With the video assistant referee (VAR) system Chelsea felt so hard done by in midweek not in place, referee Jonathan Moss waved away both appeals and booked the Brighton full-back for his protests after the second one.

Shortly after the interval Brighton were inches from halving the deficit when Davy Propper’s header beat Caballero but came back off the post.

Moses scored the fourth to add the icing on the cake.

Moses scored the fourth to add the icing on the cake.

Chelsea lost defender Andreas Christensen to a head injury after he tried to play on despite looking very dazed following a clash in the penalty area.

Moments later it was Brighton who were grateful to the woodwork, and Ryan, who did well to palm Willian’s goal-bound free-kick against the upright.

But Hazard put the game to bed 13 minutes from time when he ran unchallenged into the Brighton area before sweeping the ball past Ryan.

And with full-time approaching substitute Charly Musonda’s fine ball sent Moses clean through to slide in number four and seal an emphatic return to winning ways.

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