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  • Writer's pictureSamuel Roy

Player ratings: Everton 1-2 Luton Town

Full time celebrations at Goodison Park after Luton's historic first Premier League win

Luton finally have their first win in the Premier League, and what a hard fought and deserving win it was. Two first half goals in quick succession, followed by a half of aggressive but composed defending, was enough to see off Everton. The Hatters have climbed out of the relegation zone to 17th, with a game in hand over our competitors as we face Burnley at home on Tuesday night.

Rob Edwards' side made full use of their set pieces, with Doughty delivering some superb balls into the box which Morris and Lockyer successfully took advantage of, and Everton could not deal with them. The Toffees launched an aerial onslaught on the Hatters, bringing on 6'4 Beto to accompany 6'2 Calvert Lewin. This aside from the end of the first half where Luton were hanging on after Doucoure got the better of our defence to set up Calvert-Lewin, we managed to deal with this threat. Beto should have managed to get one of his numerous headers on target, but he didn't and it was Luton who were able to take their chances. This will be a massive confidence boost for the team, who are finally off the mark in the league - the first of the promoted sides to get a win.

Thomas Kaminski - 6

Didn't have to make many tough saves, commanded his box well and his kicking much improved from recent games. Couldn't have done too much for the goal, it had been coming anyway.

Reece Burke - 6

Did well helping Lockyer with Calvert-Lewin but lost Doucoure for their goal. Here's hoping his injury isn't serious, would be a big miss for the Hatters.

Tom Lockyer - 7

Amazing reactions for the goal and was a constant threat on set pieces. Won a lot of headers, was mostly dominant in the air. Locks also had to come off injured unfortunately.

Amari'i Bell - 7

Was good on the ball, passing it well, and his defensive game was very good. Also helped Doughty well on the left side where Everton focused a lot of attacks. Much better performances in the last 3 games for Amari'i, a big improvement from him.

Issa Kabore - 7

A very composed performance from the youngster, who defended superbly, especially when Everton launched numerous long balls in his direction. His retaining of the ball was also impressive.

Marvelous Nakamba - 9

Another Marvelous performance from our favourite Zimbabwean, who once again covered every single blade of grass. He now has the most tackles in the league at the time of writing (26). Has been back to his best recently after a slow start to the season. One of Luton's most important players.

Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu - 6

Struggled in the first half, giving possession away a few times, but grew into the game, and launched himself forward for counters a few times in the second half. Got better as the game went on.

Alfie Doughty - 8

A superb performance from Alfie who is becoming one of our best players in this league. He created 6 chances yesterday, more than anyone in the 8 games that were played. Set piece deliveries were amazing and he combined well with Ogbene on a few occasions on the left. Dealt with Harrison and Young well enough on his side. Got a deserved assist for Morris' goal.

Jacob Brown - 6

Didn't have too much in the way of attacking chances but once again, but worked his socks off, consistently tracking brack. He did very well to keep hold of the ball when he received it, managing to hold it up and pass it off many times. Almost set up a Morris goal if he held his run.

Carlton Morris - 9: Star man

An excellent all round performance from Luton's frontman, scoring a very tidy volley from a free kick and inadvertently setting up the first goal with his excellent header. Did not stop running, and won 7 aerial duels, he was a nuisance for the Everton centre backs. He may just drag us to safety with his goals and work ethic.

Chiedozie Ogbene - 7

Wasn't able to influence the game as much as he did against Wolves, but he defended well, even filling in as left wing-back near the end. Had a great dribble near the end where he almost scored, if not for a last ditch block by the defender. Fans were chanting his name throughout, he may just become a fan favourite.


Mads Andersen - 8

Wow, not often does a sub get an 8 rating, but Mads was incredible when he came on, dealing very well with the huge amount of long balls sent his way. Can't remember him losing a header, he's making a case to be a starter with this performance, even though he only got 45 minutes. He is an aerial monster, this type of game was perfectly suited for him. A big factor in our win.

Teden Mengi - 7

Came on for his first Premier League appearance and did well enough, positioned well and muscled an Everton attacker off the ball near the end.

Elijah Adebayo - 6

Didn't have much time to influence the game much, but did okay on his own up front. Held the ball up well deep in the Everton half which wasted a good minute or two.

Cauley Woodrow - 6

Came on to support Doughty/Ogbene on the left hand side of the pitch, made a few good tackles and worked hard.

By Samuel Roy

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