Saturday August 25, 2012 Day 2 Finished Villa Park

Aston Villa 1 - 3 Everton

  • El Ahmadi 74’
  • Pienaar 3’
  • Fellaini 31’
  • Jelavic 44’

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  1. Everton continue bright start at Villa

    Everton continue bright start at Villa

    Three first-half goals put Everton on their way to a second win in as many games as David Moyes' men saw off Aston Villa 3-1 at Villa Park. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Aston Villa
    • Everton
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+4' And that's it! Everton win two out of two to start the season in atypical fashion! Three first-half goals in a 3-1 win, their first victory at Villa Park in seven years. The last time they pulled it off, they finished in the top four. Thanks for joining us! Be sure to check out the full report and stats on uk.yahoo.eurosport.com and follow me on Twitter for more sports news and musings - @liamhappe
    • 90+3' Weimann with another chance, off-target from the near post this time.
    • 90+2' Morrison has scored a late equaliser for WBA at Spurs while Osman dribbles a tame shot at Given.
    • 90+1' Four minutes added on at the end. Four minutes which would have been very interesting had that woodwork-rattler gone in.
    • 90' Though as I say that, here come Villa and a lovely reverse ball inside meets the run of Weimann who hits the post!
    • 89' Kone has doubled Wigan's lead at Southampton while things peeter out here at Villa Park.
    • 88' Mirallas heads home four... or does he? No, offside flag up! Peach of a cross in from Coleman and another good finish but for the infringement.
    • 87' Final change for Everton, and for the match, sees Jelavic come off and John Heitinga get a few minutes' run-out.
    • 86' Shots at goal: 4-17. On target: 3-9
    • 85' Well, that and some treatment as he feels the crush of his markers afterward.
    • 84' Jelavic opts to go for goal rather than slip the ball out of the surrounding horde of defenders to the unmarked Fellaini. His choice leads to a poor effort wide of the mark.
    • 82' Mirallas goes down in the Villa box, but it's good defending by Vlaar.
    • 81' Osman's first touch on the edge of the area as Coleman cuts the ball inside from the right is poor. He would have had a good crack at a drive at goal, too.
    • 80' Jelavic unable to control with his back to goal and the home defence sweeps up possession.
    • 79' Assou-Ekotto has finally given Spurs the lead at home to West Brom.
    • 78' Shouts for a penalty inside the Everton box as a ball comes in from the left, but Oliver is having none of it.
    • 77' And they are asking questions here, though Lichaj's cut inside and low strike will not trouble the Everton goal.
    • 75' There's still time to fight here, even with 10 men. If they can break for another in the next 10 minutes you can expect Everton to be extremely nervous seeing this one out.
    • 74' Villa pull one back! And it's a fantastic 30-yard drive from El Ahmadi! Howard should have kept it out but let it run through his fingers.
    • 72' Almost an immediate chance for Mirallas there, as Coleman's excellent diagonal from the rigth is heading his way until Vlaar puts the ball out for another corner with a crucial interception!
    • 71' And now it's time for Kevin Mirallas to make his Everton bow. Sporting the number 11 shirt, he comes on in place of Gibson.
    • 70' Andreas Wiemann is introduced to the game in Villa's final sub. Bannan the player sacrificed.
    • 69' Baines' delivery is put behind for another, which the left-back will head across the pitch to take from the other side.
    • 68' Corner number seven for Everton coming up as Coleman's dribble on the right is put behind by Vlaar.
    • 67' Baines now doing his thing on the right-hand side and almost sets up Jelavic's second with another good cross. The Croat just unable to get enough on the ball.
    • 66' To update from across the league - a Vidic og gives Fulham hope at OG where it's now 3-2 United, Di Santo gives Wigan the lead at Southampton and Defoe has a goal ruled as offside for Spurs against WBA, so it's still goalless.
    • 65' Naismith is replaced by Seamus Coleman in the away team's first change.
    • 64' Corner whipped in to Distin! Deflected onto the bar by Bent!
    • 63' Set play is again worked short and cut back by Baines to Pienaar, whose wicked half-volley is tipped over by Given!
    • 62' Tangle between El Ahmadi and Fellaini is given Everton's way on the left flank, to the anger of the long-suffering home fans.
    • 61' Fellaini bursts down the left but his cross is deflected behind Jelavic. Naismith cynically fells Baker as the defender settles possession down.
    • 60' Herd makes way for Eric Lichaj so that Lambert can get another defender out there.
    • 59' Gibson takes the resulting free-kick from just outside the 'D' and it's only narrowly off-target.
    • 58' Letter of the law says that's last man. It's further bad luck for the home side, though.
    • 57' Red card for Clark! The defender trips Jelavic after a wonderful through pass from Gibson puts the striker clean through.
    • 56' Lowton ball is behind Bent, and he's unable to get a decent header on it. His effort bounces safely out for a goal kick.
    • 55' Fellaini and Baker have a bit of handbags after a tussle for possession near the halfway line. Ref Oliver diffuses the situation but Moyes remains unhappy in his technical area.
    • 53' Half chance for Holman, but Everton defend well. Better, though...
    • 52' Almost converted by Distin, but he is only able to get slight glancing contact on the ball. Goal kick.
    • 51' Everton win themselves another corner.
    • 50' Naismith needs treatment after that but he's fine to continue and we're back underway.
    • 49' Now Naismith is denied by Baker, who at present is the only Villain putting in a standout performance.
    • 48' Jelavic is denied a chance of a second by a superb Baker slide in at the expense of a corner.
    • 47' Brett Holman is on for 45 minutes, with Delfouneso making way.
    • 46' The second half kicks off at Villa Park. The home side have a 0-3 deficit to address if they're to avoid going two defeats for two. And they've made a half-time change...
    • 45+1' One minute added on and seen out, with boos greeting the half-time whistle. After 45 minutes, Everton lead 3-0 at Aston Villa! Can the beleaguered hosts stage a fight-back or are they in serious bother this season despite the change of manager?
    • 45' Bannan has a speculative low drive on target, held well by Howard.
    • 44' Neat cut-back from the left by Baines is powered low and cross Given by the Croatian. Professional first half from Everton and they are seemingly out of sight already.
    • 43' JELAVIC! THREE!
    • 42' Another Everton counter ends when Fellaini is unable to thread a ball through to Jelavic.
    • 40' Lung-busting run from N'Zogbia into the box via the left flank but he's then outnumbered and dispossesed.
    • 39' Rafael has made it 3-1 for United at OT while Villa are again resorting to route one, which Howard is happy to deal with.
    • 37' Apologies for the sporadic updates at present as the thunderstorm around the offices wreak havoc on the feeds. But not much is being missed by all acounts. A quiet affair lit up by two big moments, both culminating in Everton goals.
    • 34' As you can imagine, the home fans are well and truly silenced now. They were just starting to get into the game and they're stung with that second.
    • 32' Another first United goal has turned it around at Old Trafford - Kagawa puts the hosts in front.
    • 31' Extraordinary cross from the right by Jagielka of all people on the breakaway, and the Belgian is poorly picked up as he powers in his second league headed goal of the week past Given, who should have done better.
    • 30' GOAL! Fellaini! It's 0-2!
    • 29' It's easy pickings for Howard, though.
    • 28' Free-kick Villa just inside the Everton half and everyone is going forward. This will be whipped in for a head...
    • 27' The away side now just looking to regain some of their composure in possession with short triangles of passes in their own half, but Villa doing well to press.
    • 25' Nonetheless, the hosts are finally looking in control here after a tough opening 15 minutes.
    • 24' The delivery is hacked away by the first man in the makeshift wall.
    • 23' N'Zogbia wins a free-kick just outside the left-hand corner of Everton's box as Neville fails to win the ball.
    • 21' Dangerous cross from the left this time by Delfouneso, which Distin takes no chances in heading away despite Howard appearing ready to claim.
    • 20' The home fans, by the way, broke into a round of applause in the 19th minute for Stilian Petrov, a nice gesture.
    • 19' Better from Villa as a well-worked attack doesn't quite find Bent to finish, but shows a degree more intent.
    • 18' QPR are level at Carrow Road as Zamora converts the rebound of Cisse's missed penalty.
    • 17' Baker bombs down the left and almost causes trouble for the Toffees back line with a decent deep cross, but they get it away eventually.
    • 16' Better delivery, and a chance for Jelavic! Heads just over the bar after timing his run across goal to meet the ball well.
    • 15' Again worked short and the visitors boss possession until Jelavic wins corner number three on the right wing off Baker.
    • 14' Baker gets a word of warning for sliding in dangerously on Naismith
    • 12' Poor delivery this time, failing to beat the man at the near post.
    • 11' Now Everton with another corner, this time from the right.
    • 10' Everton's midfield doing its job, keeping Villa to the raking balls from the back which are not finding skipper Bent.
    • 9' Villa continue to struggle to get a foot-hold here, as Norwich take the lead at home to QPR through Simeon Jackson.
    • 8' Van Persie has opened his United account, by the way, and the Red Devils are back level at 1-1.
    • 7' It's worked short and moved to the left where Baines wins the game's first corner. He takes the corner himself and receives the cleared delivery back, where his second attempt finds the head of Jelavic. Poor attempt, however, off target for a goal kick.
    • 6' Vlaar trips Gibson in the centre circle. The frustrated hosts concede a free-kick.
    • 5' The match was starting up at a pedestrian pace up until that sudden moment of beauty. Jelavic is caught offside soon after.
    • 4' Naismith tees up the South African 25 yards out in Everton's first advance of the match and the returning star unleashes a wonderful drive beyond the helpless Given.
    • 3' PIENAAR! GOAL! What a screamer! 0-1!
    • 2' Delfouneso tries to create an early chance for the hosts with a dribble down the right before floating in a cross which Naismith is back to clear.
    • 1' We are underway - and Duff has put Fulham ahead elsewhere at Old Trafford already!
    • 15:00 Michael Oliver is the man in the middle today. The teams are on the pitch and kick-off is imminent. Get your predictions and comments over to me on Twitter - we'll be publishing them throughout!
    • 14:55 Gabriel Agbonlahor has netted more goals against Everton (6) than versus any other Premier League opponent. Everton have won none of their last seven visits in the Premier League to Villa Park, drawing four and losing three.
    • 14:50 Aston Villa have won just one of their last 13 Premier League home matches (W1 D5 L7). The Villains are now on a run of 11 league games without a victory (W0 D5 L6).
    • 14:45 Pre-game bookmaker odds: Aston Villa 19/10, Everton 7/5, Draw 12/5
    • 14:40 Darren Bent has scored three goals in three Premier League games for Villa against Everton. Leon Osman has scored more Premier League goals (5) against Aston Villa than he has mustered versus any other team.
    • 14:35 Everton have won none of their last 12 Premier League meetings against Aston Villa, but eight of those games have been draws. Six of the last seven Premier League games between Villa and Everton have been draws.
    • 14:30 Everton boss David Moyes: "I think Kevin has done fine. We've trained him a bit harder. He's just missed a bit of training because he had a knee injury in pre-season, so he's probably a couple of weeks behind everybody else as far as his fitness goes. He's had two or three good days, so we'll try and pick him up and I'll look to see whether to involve him in the squad or not. I'm not sure yet."
    • 14:25 Villa manager Paul Lambert: "I can understand the frustration because I was frustrated myself (after losing to West Ham). From back to middle we did fine. You can't have that much of the ball and not create a chance and that is something I have to rectify."
    • 14:20 TEAMS - Aston Villa: Given, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, El Ahmadi, Bannan, Herd, N'Zogbia, Delfouneso, Bent. Subs: Guzan, Ireland, Delph, Lichaj, Holman, Weimann, Burke. /// Everton: Howard, Neville, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Naismith, Osman, Gibson, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Anichebe, Gueye, Coleman, Barkley, Mirallas.
    • 14:15 Good afternoon and welcome to our LIVE text coverage as Aston Villa welcome Everton to Villa Park on match day two of the new Premier League season. Want to have your say before, during or after the match? Follow me on Twitter @liamhappe and tweet over your predictions and thoughts.
  • Summary

    • 90' Though as I say that, here come Villa and a lovely reverse ball inside meets the run of Weimann who hits the post!
    • 88' Mirallas heads home four... or does he? No, offside flag up! Peach of a cross in from Coleman and another good finish but for the infringement.
    • 74' Villa pull one back! And it's a fantastic 30-yard drive from El Ahmadi! Howard should have kept it out but let it run through his fingers.
    • 72' Almost an immediate chance for Mirallas there, as Coleman's excellent diagonal from the rigth is heading his way until Vlaar puts the ball out for another corner with a crucial interception!
    • 64' Corner whipped in to Distin! Deflected onto the bar by Bent!
    • 63' Set play is again worked short and cut back by Baines to Pienaar, whose wicked half-volley is tipped over by Given!
    • 59' Gibson takes the resulting free-kick from just outside the 'D' and it's only narrowly off-target.
    • 57' Red card for Clark! The defender trips Jelavic after a wonderful through pass from Gibson puts the striker clean through.
    • 48' Jelavic is denied a chance of a second by a superb Baker slide in at the expense of a corner.
    • 44' Neat cut-back from the left by Baines is powered low and cross Given by the Croatian. Professional first half from Everton and they are seemingly out of sight already.
    • 43' JELAVIC! THREE!
    • 31' Extraordinary cross from the right by Jagielka of all people on the breakaway, and the Belgian is poorly picked up as he powers in his second league headed goal of the week past Given, who should have done better.
    • 30' GOAL! Fellaini! It's 0-2!
    • 16' Better delivery, and a chance for Jelavic! Heads just over the bar after timing his run across goal to meet the ball well.
    • 4' Naismith tees up the South African 25 yards out in Everton's first advance of the match and the returning star unleashes a wonderful drive beyond the helpless Given.
    • 3' PIENAAR! GOAL! What a screamer! 0-1!
    • 14:20 TEAMS - Aston Villa: Given, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, El Ahmadi, Bannan, Herd, N'Zogbia, Delfouneso, Bent. Subs: Guzan, Ireland, Delph, Lichaj, Holman, Weimann, Burke. /// Everton: Howard, Neville, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Naismith, Osman, Gibson, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Anichebe, Gueye, Coleman, Barkley, Mirallas.
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      Defenders
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      4.7 6
      Red Card 3.7 4
      4.7 7
      Midfielders
      Goal Yellow Card 4.6 6
      Substitution Out60′ 4.3 4
      3.3 5
      Substitution Out45′ 3.3 5
      Substitution Out70′ 3.5 5
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      Subs
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      Midfielders
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      Substitution Out71′ 7.1 7
      Substitution Out64′ 6.7 7
      Goal 8.3 8
      Strikers
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      Goal Substitution Out87′ 7.8 9
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  1. My teacher got thrashed

    From Vicky, on Sun 12 May 14:09
  2. Lambert isn't the problem, the players just­ don't want to try. If we ever sack Lambert it's­ just going to get worse...

    From Matteos Maserati, on Sun 26 Aug 14:10
  3. Oh dear , relegation fight looming. Albion till i die,­ i hate the villahahaha!!!

    From welly, on Sun 26 Aug 12:01
  4. Well done to everton after their excellent performance­ against aston villa. You will finish higher than­ liverpool for a long time. Liverpool are going­ backwards and brendan rodgers took the job too soon. A­ loyal swansea city supporter.

    From Alan, on Sun 26 Aug 4:42
  5. Great to see the Blues start as they finished last­ season, Keep it up... COYB!

    From dirk pitt, on Sun 26 Aug 2:10
  6. but what about the british way.....be f&*ked up­ STAY F*!KED UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From John H, on Sat 25 Aug 20:17
  7. well done bue boys,, great start to the season, but­ lets keep it up, long ways to go yet..

    From KAREN, on Sat 25 Aug 19:42
  8. Dont take you villa fans long before you start ripping­ Lambert apart.This man is one of the best young­ managers in the game,he gave us three great years,mind­ you he was at a far better run football club ­ ON THE BALL CITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From GAZA BOY, on Sat 25 Aug 18:01
  9. Well done Everton,a pleasure to see them winning yet­ again.....ya....hoo!!.

    From , on Sat 25 Aug 17:55
  10. And your North London aristocrats have done f*ck-all­ for seven years, Dat Gunner, (even lost a cup final to­ the shlttest of all Midlands teams), so why not f*ck­ off and mind your own business?

    From VillanD, on Sat 25 Aug 17:41
  11. EVERTON 3RD LOSERFOOL 20TH

    From windswept, on Sat 25 Aug 17:27
  12. LOSERFOOL MAY GO DOWN WITH VILLA

    From windswept, on Sat 25 Aug 17:26
  13. Two wins for the toffee men loserpool bottom at least­ till sunday happy days

    From windswept, on Sat 25 Aug 17:25
  14. WHERE ARE MY COMMENTS

    From windswept, on Sat 25 Aug 17:23
  15. So this bright young manager plays young forward­ Delfouneso in midfield whilst he leaves out­ Ireland,Delph recognised midfielders what is going­ on,he needs to get rid of the driftwood like­ N'zogbia,drop the ones past their sell by date like­ Given and get some good quality players in.This started­ under Houllier players of a poor quality coming to­ Villa Park and not performing

    From Alan, on Sat 25 Aug 17:23
  16. half of the midlands teams have been really #$%$ for­ the past 5 years only stoke and west brom are doing­ anything

    From Portgas D. Gunner?, on Sat 25 Aug 17:17
  17. No comments yet!

    From robert, on Sat 25 Aug 17:07
  18. Another Job done EFC great start great team Love that­ TEAM EFC

    From Mud Engineer Chevron-WB, on Sat 25 Aug 17:05
  19. Can anyone see Bent wanting to remain at Villa, after­ this shocker of a start? I can't. Seems Lerner has­ been taking advice from Ellis. Another striker?­ You'll be lucky. They'll be moving the dug-out­ again soon. That worked really well didn't it?

    From Jacko, on Sat 25 Aug 17:04
  20. Moyes you're doing a fantastic job in Everton keep­ it up.

    From Unimke, on Sat 25 Aug 17:01
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