Premier League

  • C. Benteke 10’
  • C. Benteke 45’
  • T. Cleverley 64’
  • 90’ P. Jagielka
  • 90’ P. Jagielka
0 Extra Time 0
3 Full Time 2
2 Half Time 0
Premier League
Villa Park
Attendance 37,859


    • KICK OFF
    • 45'
      A dreadful end to what has been a dreadful first fourty-five minutes for Everton. The defending there was absolutely woeful. How on earth the ball can go across the penalty area to Aston Villa's most dangerous player is simply beyond me.
    • 90'
      And there is the final whistle! Full time here at Villa Park. Aston Villa 3-2 Everton.
    • 90'
      S. Given receives a yellow card.
    • 45'
      That's half time 2-0 to Villa.
    • 90'
      G P. Jagielka Assist F. Delph
    • 90'
      G P. Jagielka Assist F. Delph
    • 90'
      P. Jagielka has scored a goal for Everton!
    • 90'
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      That's all I've got time for this afternoon. I'm still trying to catch my breath after such a thrilling 90 minutes. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks so much for joining. I've been Chris Baker and I'll see you again next time!
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      Villa climb up to 14th in the table with this win and if they keep playing the way they are then I'd expect them to pick up quite a few more points between now and the end of the season. As for Everton they are very much marooned in midtable on 44 points in 11th place.
    • 0'
      This was at times a pulsating encounter with play going from end-to-end but you always felt that Villa had an element of control and could've scored more if they had needed to. Tim Sherwood will be unhappy at the relatively soft nature of both of Everton's goals and the fact that they both came from
    • 0'
      Everton really paid the price for a dismal first half display which ultimately gave them far too much to do. Roberto Martinez will take some positives from the second half performance but in truth the final score of 3-2 massively flatters the Toffees. They were second best for much of this contest a
    • 0'
      Three precious points which all but confirm that Aston Villa will be playing Premier League football once again next season. The decision to sack Paul Lambert and replace him with Tim Sherwood has been completely vindicated. This side look unrecognisable from the tame, limp outfit that we saw a few
    • 0'
      Another Aston Villa goal would settle this as a contest. Sherwood may look to protect Fabian Delph if possible, as he has been on the receiving end of a couple of robust tackles from Everton. The Toffees are lucky not to have one or two players in the book. Martinez has some decent options on the be
    • 0'
      Well things can only get better for Everton? Surely they can't get any worse. After looking reasonably comfortable to begin with they were totally rocked by Benteke's opener and have never truly recovered. The Villa hitman has totally overshadowed his international teammate Lukaku who has been out o
    • 0'
      Villa go into the break two goals to the good and it looks like a fairly unassailable lead at this point. Shay Given has been completely untroubled despite all the pre-match talk of him replacing Brad Guzan in goal. It really should be game over as Ron Vlaar put his header wide when he should've sco
    • 0'
      The player's are out on the pitch and are going through the usual pre-match formalities. There is a great atmsphere building here inside a packed Villa Park.
    • 0'
      On the positive side for Villa the form of lack of it from Sunderland and Newcastle United, who are absolutely sinking like a stone at the moment, should be a major source of encouragement for the Midlanders. That said this match is must-not-lose rather than must-win for the Lions. Aside from the co
    • 0'
      As for Everton they come into this match on the back of an outstanding result and performance against Manchester United last Sunday, running out comfortable 3-0 winners. It should therefore come as no surprise that Roberto Martinez names an unchanged side. The Toffees are finishing the season in exc
    • 0'
      Aston Villa may have an FA Cup final to look forward to at the end of the month but it is all about Premier League survival this afternoon. The remarkable upturn in form for Leicester City will have Tim Sherwood's team looking nervously over their shoulders. Shay Given starts today in place of Brad
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      EVERTON SUBS: Joel, Alcaraz, McGeady, Besic, Barkley, Osman and Kone.
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      ASTON VILLA SUBS: Guzan, Cole, Hutton, Sanchez, Senderos, Sinclair and Weimann.
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      EVERTON (4-4-2): Howard; Coleman, Jagielka (c), Stones, Baines; Lennon, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas; Naismith, Lukaku.
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      ASTON VILLA (4-4-1-1): Given; Bacuna, Vlaar (c), Okore, Richardson; Cleverley, Westwood, Delph, N'Zogbia; Grealish; Benteke.
    • 0'
      Let's crack straight on with the team news, first up our hosts Aston Villa...
    • 0'
      Good afternoon and welcome along to Villa Park for this potentially decisive match in the Premier League relegation battle. Aston Villa take on a resurgent Everton side. Three points today would surely see Tim Sherwood's side secure their status in the top division. I'm Chris Baker and I'll be descr
    • 1'
      And we're underway! The home side get this massive match underway. Aston Villa are in their famous claret and blue home strip while Everton are in their away kit of white shirts, navy shorts and white socks.
    • 2'
      Neither side have been able to get hold of the ball so far. Both teams trying to get going by hitting by long balls towards their respective big Belgian centre forwards Lukaku and Benteke respectively.
    • 4'
      As you would Gareth Barry is being roundly booed by the Villa Park faithful everytime he touches the ball. The Toffees are starting to settle into their usual passing rhythm and are playing with their customary width. Coleman and Baines bombing forward with Lennon and Mirallas trying to use their pa
    • 6'
      No chances to speak of so far but Villa are certainly playing with a lot of intensity. They just need to calm down and relax a little bit more in possession. Kieran Richardson has seen plenty of the ball in defensive and attacking areas.
    • 8'
      Richardson's whipped cross in is headed out of play by Jagielka for the games first corner. Westwood takes it and Benteke glances on the delivery but can't get enough purchase on the ball and it goes out for a goalkick. Had it gone in referee Mark Clattenburg may well have disallowed it as the Aston
    • 10'
      G C. Benteke Assist F. Delph
    • 10'
      The assist came from F. Delph.
    • 10'
      Delph with the assist. The England midfielder got half a yard on the left-hand side and wasted no time in getting the ball into the box. The cross takes a deflection but Benteke still manages to rise majestically inbetween Stones and Jagielka before burying his header into the bottom corner. Lift of
    • 10'
      GOAL! Benteke does it again. 1-0 to the Villa!
    • 12'
      Aston Villa's first effort on target gives them the lead. Benteke has been in tremendous form recently and has given the hosts a dream start. Everton had looked pretty comfortably up until the goal.
    • 14'
      Delph is bodychecked by Barry and N'Zogbia will take the free-kick. The former Wigan and Newcastle winger fires a low shot on target which Tim Howard does well to parry away. Everton just need to weather the storm at the moment.
    • 16'
      Baines is very fortunate not to be the first man to be cautioned this afternoon after he clattered his England teammate Delph in the middle of the park. The Villa fans are not be pleased with the referee there. That looked like a nailed on yellow card.
    • 18'
      Everton are really struggling to keep hold of possession at the moment. The Villa midfielders are swarming their counterparts and giving them absolutely no time to settle. The renewed confidence in the home team is clear for all to see.
    • 20'
      As you would expect from a Roberto Martinez side the Toffees are sticking to their principles and are being patient on the ball. That said they haven't really clicked yet as an attacking unit. They have shown enough of a threat for Tim Sherwood's side to stay on their guard.
    • 22'
      N'Zogbia bursts down the left wing and curls the ball into the box. Howard rather curiously elects to punch the ball away to safety rather than catch the cross. Perhaps the veteran American goalkeeper needed a shout from one of his defender's there? That Benteke goal has definitely unsettled the Eve
    • 24'
      Lennon has been fairly bright for Everton in these early stages but on this occasion he is a little too eager to get in behind from Coleman's pass and is caught offside. The Toffees have regained their composure after looking very nervy early on.
    • 26'
      After a very fast start this contest has just calmed down a touch and the atmosphere inside the stadium has followed suit as it is rather subdued at the moment. Villa have looked purposeful in possession and the physical presence of Benteke gives them a constant outlet. It must also be said that Del
    • 28'
      CHANCE! And it really should be 2-0! Ron Vlaar meets Westwood's inswinging corner and puts his free header wide of the post. A goal looked like an inevitably when the Dutch centre back got his head to that cross. Villa may come to regret missing such a big opportunity to increase their lead.
    • 30'
      Everton has been rather passive in their play since falling behind and are being dominated all over the pitch. They look like a side with not much to play for at this present time while Aston Villa have been such the opposite. Tim Sherwood must be delighted with his sides approach to this match so f
    • 32'
      The visitors must have been anticipating a quick start for Aston Villa but they haven't reacted as Roberto Martinez would have liked. They haven't mustered a shot of any description so far. Coleman makes a surging run and tries to pick out Mirallas but the Belgian winger had gone to the near post wh
    • 34'
      Today's game is the 200th meeting between these famous two English sides. And on the basis of how it's gone they will be facing each other in Premier League football next season.
    • 36'
      Slight delay in proceedings as Delph stays down after being caught late by Steven Naismith. The midfielder looks to be in a bit of trouble here and there are looks of concern on the Villa bench. The former Leeds player has been oustanding thus far and it would be a major blow to lose him. for the mo
    • 38'
      Bacuna looks to launch a one man counter attack and charges infield from the right back position. The Villa full back is then halted in his tracks by a crunching tackle from McCarthy. Everton then promptly give the ball away as Barry hits an aimless pass upfield. The Toffees have been so poor on the
    • 40'
      Given's long punt up the field finds it's way up to N'Zogbia who looks to take on Stones, who is the last man. His touch is a bit heavy but the Everton defender appeared to pull back the Villa winger. The home fans are baying for a free-kick and a yellow card but neither are forthcoming.
    • 42'
      Villa are just looking to see this through to half-time and should do so comfortably. Everton's first half performance has certainly not been in keeping with their recent results. Martinez must be mystified to say the least.
    • 44'
    • 45'
      G C. Benteke Assist F. Delph
    • 45'
      Assist by R. Vlaar.
    • 45'
      Grealish's corner goes all the way through to Benteke at the back post who has the incredibly simple task of stabbing the ball into the roof of the net. incredibly, he was totally unmarked.
    • 46'
      Everton get the second half going.
    • 47'
      SAVE! Lukaku takes the fight to the heart of the Aston Villa defence. Everton broke after a Villa freekick and the Belgian striker finally forced Shay Given into action with a low shot that was tipped wide.
    • 48'
      You imagine the usually cool Roberto Martinez may have had some harsh words for his player's during the half-time interval. Everton have certainly started this half with a sense of purpose, that was desperately lacking in the previous fourty-five minutes. Much better from the Toffees.
    • 50'
      N'Zogbia is playing in a way that Villa fans would have liked to have seen a lot more often since coming here. He has been bright and looked to combine with Benteke at every opportunity. This time he forces a corner in front of the Holte End but it comes to nothing and Everton clear their lines.
    • 52'
      Baines may well end up getting booked after an acculumation of fouls. The beginning of this half has been much more end-to-end and if it continues in this manner it is going to be a very open contest. Grealish wins his side a free-kick that Delph will take. The ball is swung in towards the back post
    • 54'
      It's getting a little heated here as Delph is fouled once again, this time by McCarthy who then appears to leave his foot in which angers the Villa midfielder. Referee Mark Clattenburg manages to break things up and again shows leniency to all those involved.
    • 56'
      After a promising reaction from Everton at the start of the second half the game has returned to a similar pattern of the first; with Villa dictating the match. The visitors are struggling to string their passes together and are being penned back.
    • 58'
      Lukaku has really been taking the fight to Aston Villa. The Everton no.10 makes a rampaging run towards the Villa defence before the ball felt into the path of Naismith with his back to goal. Vlaar put in a very clumsy and unnecessary challenge and gave Clattenburg no option but to award the spot ki
    • 58'
    • 59'
      GOAL! Lukaku rolls the ball into the bottom left corner after a stuttering run-up. Game on here at Villa Park.
    • 60'
      There are some (very) half-hearted appeals for another Everton penalty as Mirallas goes down in the area under the challenge of Vlaar. In fairness to the Belgian winger he wasn't asking for a penalty but the Villa fans wanted  a booking for simulation after he had been played in by Lennon.
    • 62'
      Lukaku looks like a different player since the half-time break. Whatever his manager said to him has down the trick. This time he is set away down the right channel by Coleman and does well to get a cross in but it is too close to Given who plucks the ball out of the air.
    • 64'
      G T. Cleverley Assist F. Delph
    • 64'
      L. Bacuna gave the assist.
    • 64'
      T. Cleverley has scored a goal for Aston Villa!
    • 64'
      Bacuna's through ball was the definition of a defence splitting pass. It completed dissected the Everton rearguard. Cleverley's run was excellent and his shot was emphatic. Sidefooting the ball high into Howard's net. No chance for the goalkeeper there.
    • 64'
      3-1 TO VILLA! Cleverley restores the two-goal cushion with a fantastic finish.
    • 66'
      Before Cleverley's goal all you could hear where the travelling Everton fans but now Villa Park is positively rocking. Aston Villa were wobbling a little after Lukaku's penalty and it is a tremendous reaction to get themselves another goal so quickly.
    • 68'
      Benteke is really calling the tune at the moment. He is winning every header. This time he knocks it down for Cleverley who does well to hold onto the ball before giving it to N'Zogbia who dances inside from the right wing and tees up Delph. The Villa midfielder lets fly but it is scuffed well wide.
    • 70'
      SAVE! Gareth Barry has a pop from fully twenty-five yards out but his well struck shot is right down the throat of Shay Given who holds onto it comfortably. Everton need a goal back and they need it soon if they are to have any hope of getting an unlikely draw.
    • 72'
      Roberto Martinez has stuck with his starting eleven up until now but changes appear to be afoot with Leon Osman and Ross Barkley preparing to enter the fray. Coleman tugs back Grealish, who has tormented the Everton defence all day long and finally the referee brandishes a card from his pocket.
    • 73'
      S. Coleman is cautioned by the referee.
    • 74'
      As expected Osman and Barkley do come on. While Ashley Westwood is withdrawn and replaced by Carlos Sanchez, who scored his first Villa goal away at the Etihad stadium last time out.
    • 75'
      SI C. Sánchez SO F. Delph
    • 75'
      SI R. Barkley SO F. Delph
    • 75'
      SI L. Osman SO F. Delph
    • 75'
      L. Osman comes on for K. Mirallas.
    • 75'
      R. Barkley enters the game and replaces S. Naismith.
    • 75'
      C. Sánchez enters play, replacing A. Westwood.
    • 76'
      Barkley wastes no time in getting involved in the action as he crashes a shot towards goal which is well blocked. Lennon found himself with the ball in the area but couldn't create enough space to threaten the Villa goal himself.
    • 77'
      Benteke appears to make contact with Gareth Barry with a stray arm but there is nothing doing from the referee. It seemed accidental but the former Villa man didn't make anything of it and so the game continues at a frentic pace.
    • 78'
      SHOT! Osman does really well to wriggle past a couple of challenges but can only direct his effort straight at Given. The two substitutes have made a real impact for Martinez's men. They have injected some directness into Everton's midfield which had been rather pedestrian at times.
    • 80'
      As we head into the final ten minutes here at Villa Park it is now or never for Everton whole the home team will have their designs on going 4-1 up. Bacuna is rather surprisingly taken off, to a fantastic ovation, for Alan Hutton - a like for like swap.
    • 81'
      SI A. Hutton SO F. Delph
    • 81'
      A. Hutton comes on for L. Bacuna.
    • 82'
      Everton give the ball away not once but twice, which has been a theme of this afternoon, to hand the initiative back to Aston Villa. The home side are now quite content just to keep possession at the moment. Eventually Hutton tries to set up Benteke for his hat-trick but the cross is well cleared by
    • 84'
      R. Vlaar is yellow-carded.
    • 84'
      McCarthy beats Vlaar all ends up and the Dutch defender simply takes out the Irish midfielder to stop him progressing into the penalty area and is correctly booked. Baines takes the free-kick short to Lennon who chips the ball to the back post but it is easily headed away by Okore. A wasted opportun
    • 86'
      Grealish, who has been a joy to watch today, is fouled by McCarthy. This young man looks to have a great future ahead of him if he can play like this on a consistent basis. He shows great awareness on the ball. Maturity beyond his years.
    • 88'
      Barkley tries to play in Lukaku after being found by Lennon's clever back heel but the through ball is way overhit and Given is able to collect. More frustration for Everton. The chances of a grandstand finish look to be ebbing away.
    • 90'
      SI J. Cole SO F. Delph
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      C. N'Zogbia is done for the day. J. Cole is his replacement.
    • 90'
      Former Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole will come on for what remains of this  match in place of Charles N'Zogbia, who has been a real handful this afternoon. Picking a man of the match is going to be a tricky task but suffice to say it will be someone in a claret and blue shirt.

    Line Up




    Dean Smith
    Carlo Ancelotti



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 12 12
    Yellow Cards 2 1
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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