I’ll leave you with Ben Fisher’s report from Villa Park. Tara.
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Peeppeep! AstonVilla were far too good for Everton, whose collective morale made a one-way trip to the basement for the full 90 minutes. John McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Leon Bailey and Jhon Duran scored the goals, and it could have been more.
Everton have also lost Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Alex Iwobi to what looks like mid-term injuries. But the poverty of their performance – the last two goals were dismal – should not overshadow a thrilling attacking display from Villa. They go places. Everton looks set for another long season.
90+8 mins: Everton substitution Tyler Onyango replaces Abdoulaye Doucoure.
90+4 mins Free kick to Everton on the right wing. Garner passes him and Martinez claims with ease.
90+3 mins corner to Everton. No.
90 minutes There will be nine minutes of additional time, as in the first half.
89 minutes Archer is booked for a foul on Danjuma, who quietly had a good game in an obviously lost cause. Every cloud and all that.
86 minutes Patterson is booked for… well, whatever at this point.
85 min: Villa replacement Coutinho is assisted off the pitch. He can barely put any weight on the floor. It looked like Garner had kneed him in the back of the thigh.
Cameron Archer replaces it.
84 minutes Coutinho suffers after a late challenge from Garner (I think). It doesn’t look great either and could affect a possible transfer before the end of the month.
83 mins”I can’t beat a 6-2, Rob! said Simon McMahon. “January 1, 2015 or August 30, 2019, take your pick!
82 minutes Danjuma, whose spirited performance as a substitute is about the only bright spot for Evertonhits another shot that deflects just wide of the far post.
80 minutes “Thank you for the best moments of the 1989 match (58 min)!” said Joe Pearson. “I must like short shorts. To be fair, Villa have finished 2nd this season, but a shellack is still a shellack.
Live matches were an event back then and I remember that match very well. It was the first time I really became aware of David Platt, who was going from anonymity to a World Cup semi-final. This game was also when Villa’s unlikely title challenge really started to pick up steam, as Everton were a much appreciated side.
It was another miserable goal to concede. Young’s throw-in to last defender Keane was intercepted by Duran, who knocked it past Keane and ran for goal. Pickford came out and Duran calmly slid the ball past him with his left foot. It’s his first goal for Villa.
I told you that Jhon Duran was exciting: he scored from his first touch!
74 mins: AstonVilla substitution Exciting Colombian teenager Jhon Duran replaces Ollie Watkins.
73 minutes McGinn sends a fantastic cross pass to Konsa, whose slightly heavy touch allows Danjuma to intercept. With a better touch, Konsa might have scored on goal.
71 minutes It was a dreadful day for Everton although, as Gary Naylor said before kick-off, the next two league games – Wolves at home, Sheff Utd away – should give us a better idea of the difficulty they are experiencing. THE premier league Crisis Baton™ again, that’s what I’m saying.
68 minutes Villa have gone to three at the back since the arrival of Diego Carlos. And why not.
67 minutes A deft layoff from Watkins is recovered by Coutinho, who shoots straight at Pickford from 22.47 yards.
66 minutes The 4:30 p.m. game is West Ham v Chelsea. Daniel Harris has the team news for that one.
64 min: Triple substitution for Villa With the midweek Europa League trip to Edinburgh, Unai Emery brings in Youri Tielemans, Diego Carlos and Philippe Coutinho for Douglas Luiz, Leon Bailey (who looks good) and Moussa Diaby.
62 minutes Bailey stays behind after a strong but (rather) fair challenge from Tarkowski in the area. The fact that Tarkowski touched the ball should, in this context, rule out any VAR involvement.
61 minutes “McGinn is a very good player, Rob,” writes Simon McMahon. “With all due respect to Villa – they’ve been excellent for a while now – I think he still goes under the radar a bit and could easily play for a ‘bigger’ club. I know that stats don’t tell the whole story, but he has 16 goals in 56 appearances for Scotland, a far better strike rate in international football than Beckham, Scholes, Gerrard, Giggs among others, and almost identical to Robson, Lampard and, indeed, Zidane.
I agree that he is underrated. I think a lot of people still see him as a ballwinner, which doesn’t make sense.
60 min: Nice save from Martinez! Young’s deep corner is met by the unmarked Maupay, who slams an eight-yard volley which is superbly saved to his right by Martinez.
59 minutes Danjuma rounds the left-back but then goes past his cross. He’s been looking pretty lively since he arrived.
58 minutes Listen, it could be worse.
56 min: Watkins misses a great opportunity. It could get very ugly. Diaby, who was impressive again, runs on a coaster defense and slides a nice through ball into Watkins’ path. He shoots Pickford for the first time, but takes a bit too much and he rolls away from the far post.
56 minutes “After that goal,” says Joe Pearson, “it looks like today’s impostor is Disaster. Sorry, Mary and Gary.
Don’t forget Stephen Carr.
53 minutes Danjuma shoots well away from the edge of the area. A few Everton the fans are already leaving.
Digne performed a quick throw down the leftthrowing it in the Everton area. He bounced awkwardly past Keane, whose miserable clearance attempt – a sort of half-ass karate kick – went straight to Bailey from 12 yards out. He let the ball run down his body and drove it through Pickford’s legs. The Everton defense was asleep.
Hell, that’s a terrible goal to concede.
50 minutes Kamara’s long range shot hits Tarkowski and goes over the bar. Before Villa takes the turn, Neal Maupay replaces the injured Alex Iwobi.
49 minutes Saying this, Iwobi is down and looks a little sorry. I think he pulled his left hamstrings.
48 minutes Nothing to report so far. Dobbin started on the left wing during Evertonwith Iwobi moving to the right.
46 minutes Peeppeep! Everton start the second half.
Substitution at half time for Everton Young striker Lewis Dobbin replaces Idrissa Gueye.
A great performance in the first half of AstonVilla, who led thanks to a volley from John McGinn and a penalty from Douglas Luiz. They have been great; Everton – who lost poor Dominic Calvert-Lewin with a cheekbone injury – did not.
45+9 mins And now Gueye is booked for a bad lunge at McGinn.
45+4 mins Watkins rolls Keane, who pulls him back and is cautioned.
45+1 mins: Good stop from Martinez! Patterson passes an ingenious through ball to Danjuma, who hammers a low shot from a tight angle that hits Martinez and goes for a corner.
45 minutes Nine more minutes. Yeah.
42 minutes It’s easy to talk about Everton’s flaws, but Villa played some exhilarating stuff. Bailey, Diaby, Digne and McGinn all looked so sharp.
41 minutes “I think this is Everton’s year,” said Tony Hughes. “As a lifelong Villa fan, I know very well that you can only circle the gaping jaws of the Championship for so long before it pulls you in. You become one of those “three teams worse than us” teams. Seems like it’s inevitable for Everton.”
I think it will be fine if Dyche stays at the club. If Luton and Sheffield United fall – enough or not, most people think they will – Everton need only finish above another team.
39 minutes Pau Torres misses a great chance, firing a header through the net rather than towards it after another terrific cross from Digne. Watkins managed to reach the ball on the stretch at the far post but he couldn’t deflect it on target.
The flag was raised after the event, although I don’t know if the offside was before or after Torres’ header.
37 mins: Everton substitution Calvert-Lewin’s face started to swell after that collision with Martinez, so he was replaced by Arnaut Danjuma. This does not count as a concussion substitute. But it looks like he badly damaged his cheekbone. The poor guy can’t take a break.
35 minutes It would be Villa’s eighth consecutive league victory at VIlla Park.
34 mins: Diaby hits the post! Villa is playing some stunning stuff. McGinn swerves away from Gueye on the left and releases Digne’s overlap. He delivers a magnificent cross for the first time towards Diaby, who crushes an acrobatic volley which is pushed inside the post by the Pickford dive. It’s a very good save, and it would have been an even better goal.