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Summary

  1. Aston Villa XI: Given, Bacuna, Vlaar, Okore, Richardson, Westwood, Cleverley, Delph, N’Zogbia, Grealish, Benteke
  2. Everton XI: Howard, Baines, Jagielka, Stones, Coleman, Barry, McCarthy, Mirallas, Naismith, Lennon, Lukaku

Live Reporting

By James McMath

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Aston Villa 3-2 Everton

The relief at Villa Park is palpable as the hosts hang on for three big points. Jagielka's late header made for a nervous final few seconds but Tim Sherwood's team hold out.

GOAL - Phil Jagielka

Aston Villa 3-2 Everton

What was that about being comfortable? Leighton Baines' corner is headed on to the bar by James McCarthy, it loops up and Phil Jagielka is there to head the ball in from close range.

Aston Villa 3-1 Everton

We're in stoppage time now and Villa are looking comfortable.

Aston Villa 3-1 Everton

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown

Final Score

"Tom Cleverly has been a revelation since Tim Sherwood took over. He always used to go sideways and was lacking in confidence but that was a great run and finish. Everton have woken up in the second half a bit but Villa are still looking strong. That goal came at a vital time."

PENALTY APPEAL

Aston Villa 3-1 Everton

Seamus Coleman goes down under a challenge by Charles N'Zogbia in the area but the appeals are waved away.

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Aston Villa 3-1 Everton

Liam Kennedy: Tim Sherwood has even got Cleverley scoring. Magician.

SUBSTITUTION

Aston Villa 3-1 Everton

Alan Hutton is on for Leandro Bacuna. The Scotsman is a little more defensively minded than his Dutch team-mate.

Aston Villa 3-1 Everton

All of a sudden, there's a nervous hush around Villa Park but the home team are doing OK. Ten minutes remain.

Aston Villa 3-1 Everton

Ross Barkley's first action is to fire in an effort from 20 yards but it's blocked by a crowd of Villa players. Everton are seeing a lot of the ball now.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Aston Villa 3-1 Everton

Both teams make changes. Ross Barkley and Leon Osman are on for Everton in place of Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas, while Ashley Westwood is replaced by Carlos Sanchez for the hosts.

Elsewhere in the Premier League

The other significant score for Villa is that Sunderland are 2-1 up against Southampton. The Black Cats are still in the bottom three but only two points behind Villa, who are 14th as it stands.

Ten-man Burnley are 1-0 down against West Ham.

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Aston Villa 3-1 Everton

Tatenda Chakaduka: Sherwood is good with strikers, motivated Adebayor, gave Kane game time now turning Benteke into; well Benteke 2012/13.

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Aston Villa 3-1 Everton

That's Cleverley's second goal in as many matches for Villa after going 26 without scoring.

GOAL

Aston Villa 3-1 Everton - Tom Cleverley

Tom Cleverley
Reuters

A brilliant ball from Leandro Bacuna picks out Tom Cleverley's burst through the middle and the on-loan Manchester United player rifles the ball into the roof of the net. Villa fans in full voice again.

Aston Villa 2-1 Everton

The Villa fans respond to falling behind by shouting even louder for their team. Big 30 minutes coming up for the hosts now. Can they hang on?

GOAL - Romelu Lukaku

Aston Villa 2-1 Everton

Romelu Lukaku
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Romelu Lukaku squeezes his spot kick beyond Shay Given. The Everton striker's technique was unusual to say the least as he attempted to send the Villa goalkeeper the wrong way.

PENALTY to Everton

Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

Villa get themselves in a mess at the back and Ron Vlaar's clumsy challenge on Steven Naismith is spotted by referee Mark Clattenburg.

Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

Romelu Lukaku
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Romelu Lukaku has had Everton's best chance but Villa are keeping close tabs on the Belgian striker.

Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

Now it's Villa's turn press again. Jack Grealish and Fabian Delph are both seeing plenty of the ball and the home fans are responding by generating a good atmosphere.

Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

Everton certainly looking better so far in this half. Kevin Mirallas twists and turns in the area but the Villa defence stay with him to clear the danger.

CLOSE!

Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

Shay Given finally has some work to do and he does it brilliantly, tipping wide a low shot from Romelu Lukaku after a strong run from the Everton striker. The Belgian forward then heads over from the corner.

Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

We're back in action at Villa Park. No changes for either team at the break.

Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin

Final Score

"What Tim Sherwood has done to transform individuals at Aston Villa has been better than anything done by any other manager I have seen all season. Grealish, Delph, Benteke, Vlaar. Christian Benteke is the shining light and he just keeps scoring. He has done it brilliantly."

Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

Roberto Martinez
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Everton arrived at Villa Park with five wins in six league games but they've looked tame so far. Some strong words from Roberto Martinez needed at half-time if they're going to prove they are not already on the beach.

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Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

John Pierce: That's a disgraceful half from Everton. Passing totally off key, no energy. Shameful.

HALF-TIME

Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

Steve Wilson

BBC Match of the Day commentator at Villa Park

"There's a mighty roar around Villa Park for Christian Benteke.

"Villa are two goals to the good and have clear blue water ahead of Everton. Everton have it all to do."

HALF-TIME

Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

Two set pieces and two goals from Christian Benteke have Villa firmly in the driving seat as they strive for points in the race against relegation.

Shay Given, in the Villa goal, has barely had a save to make. The 39-year-old will have had more strenuous afternoons in his garden.

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Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

Doug Robinson: Calling Villa's improvement "a change in fortunes" is selling Sherwood short, as at Spurs. Just a better manager than Lambert.

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GOAL - Christian Benteke

Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

Christian Benteke
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Another goal from Christian Benteke has Villa Park rocking. Ron Vlaar connected with JAck Grealish's corner but his header was off target again. Luckily for him, Benteke was at he back post to turn the ball in.

Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

Pretty safe to assume Gareth Barry isn't enjoying this so far. Another mistake in midfield hands possession to his former club but Villa cannot capitalise as half-time looms.

Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

The Villa fans are a bit happier now. Fabian Delph is back on and looks OK and Gareth Barry has just played an aimless pass into touch, which they enjoyed. Everton showing few signs of getting back into this.

Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

There's a pause in play as Fabian Delph gets some treatment. The Villa fans aren't happy because Everton chose not to put the ball out.

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Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

Liverpool Echo Everton editor Greg O'Keeffe on Twiter: "Half an hour gone and #EFC have had no shots (on or off target), no corners and 41% of the ball. Otherwise, we're doing well."

Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

Villa finally have to do some defending as Kevin Mirallas and Leighton Baines put the hosts under some pressure. Everton win a throw in but Romelu Lukaku promptly lays the ball off to Villa's Charles N'Zogbia and the attack is over.

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Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

Johnny Magrinho: Can we do PFA Player of the Year voting again? No Benteke & Villa would be relegated. He's absolutely vital to their survival.

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Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

Vlaar clearly felt he should have done better with that chance and shows his frustration by kicking a post. Not sure how wise that is.

CLOSE!

Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

Ron Vlaar arrives perfectly on cue to meet Jack Grealish's corner but the Dutch defender heads wide. It should have been 2-0.

Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

Villa are still on top, just about. Everton look keen to hit Lukaku early but the quality of passes into the Belgian has been poor so far.

Elsewhere in the Premier League

There's been some goals elsewhere that might interest Villa fans. Sunderland briefly took the lead against Southampton but the Saints have levelled. Burnley are down to 10 men and a goal down against West Ham.