More boos greet the final whistle from the Villa fans who have stayed to the bitter end. The television cameras zoom in on a supporters with a 'Lerner Out' scarf. Very depressing scenes and it doesn't get any easier for Remi Garde's side, who are at Manchester City on Saturday. Many thanks for your company.
- Aston Villa XI: Guzan, Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Clark, Cissokho, Bacuna, Gana, Westwood, Agbonlahor, Ayew.
- Everton XI: Robles, Coleman, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Oviedo, McCarthy, Barry, Lennon, Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku.
Another fine save by Brad Guzan after getting down to deny Ramiro Funes Mori from close range.
Everton are finishing with a flurry of corners.
Five additional minutes.
A snap shot by Jordan Ayew forces a late save from Joel Robles. Some late jitters in the Toffees defence.
Everton are finishing the game strongly. A powerful run by Romelu Lukaku almost results in a fourth goal but Villa just about clear the danger. More and more Villa fans are leaving.
There's more urgency about Villa in the closing stages but Everton's defence is doing its job.
Substitute Rudy Gestede gives Aston Villa some hope with a well-placed header from six yards out. Surely too little, too late, though?
Villa fans are departing Villa Park in large numbers in the 74th minute in protest at owner Randy Lerner. A supporters group urged supporters to leave with 16 minutes remaining - Villa were formed in 1874 - and many have done so.
One small crumb for Villa...Sunderland, having led, are now losing at home to Crystal Palace. It means Remi Garde's side are eight points from safety at the bottom of the table instead of 10.
The mood remains ugly inside Villa Park. Home fans are making their feelings known towards Randy Lerner as the hosts make their first change - Rudy Gestede in place of Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Everton would be further ahead but for Brad Guzan. Moments before Lukaku's goal the Villa keeper produced a flying save to keep out the Belgium international's header.
Villa respond through Ashley Westwood, who twice goes close to equalising but those efforts cannot mask another desperate performance from Remi Garde's side.
Aston Villa fans are heading for the exits as Romelu Lukaku surely seals the points for Everton as Ramiro Funes Mori's cross strikes the Belgium international's knee and flies into the net.
Tonight's attendance has just been announced - 29,755 including about 3,000 Everton fans. It's the visiting supporters who are making all the noise.
Another chorus of boos breaks out as an aimless kick by Brad Guzan goes straight out of play and hands possession back to Everton.
Where is the passion in this Villa team?
No real change to the pattern of play. Villa are struggling to string two passes together while Everton continue to dominate possession. No sign of urgency from the hosts.
Roberto Martinez is last out of the tunnel. He stops to sign an autograph on his way to the dugout. The Spaniard can afford to relax. His Everton side are well on top.
The last time Aston Villa were relegated was in 1987. They require something approaching a miracle to stay in the Premier League. Back under way.
Look away now Aston Villa fans...
Their team are 10 points from safety in the 'as it stands' table.
Boos ring out from the home sections at Villa Park with their side facing a fourth defeat in five games.
Ironic cheers from Villa's supporters as their side win a rare corner. Yes, it really has been that bad.
His team might be winning but it has been pretty frustrating for Everton forward Romelu Lukaku. He has had few chances and now he goes into the referee's notebook after catching Ciaran Clark in the face.
No sign of Iranian billionaire Farhad Moshiri at Villa Park. But Everton's new big-money investor will be delighted with how his new side is performing.
Phil Jagielka has taken a bang to the head but is able to continue after treatment.
It's turning out to be a great night for Everton fans.
Not only are their side winning comfortably, they are above neighbours Liverpool in the 'as it stands' table.
Kevin Mirallas has been superb on his return to the Everton side. He has two assists and is an eye-catching presence.
So close to a third goal.
Brad Guzan can't hold Kevin Mirallas' shot and Bryan Oviedo's shot from an angle is cleared off the line by Micah Richards.
Too easy for Everton.
Just as Villa were showing signs of getting back into this, they are left with a mountain to climb.
Moments after Leandro Bacuna is denied by Joel Robles, Everton power up the other end through Ross Barkley. The midfielder releases Kevin Mirallas to tee up Aaron Lennon to fire home from close range.
Encouraging signs for Villa.
Joel Robles has had nothing to do but is called into action to make two saves in quick succession to deny Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Westwood. Then Micah Richards fires narrowly wide.
Midway through the first half and it's all Everton...
It's now 2-0 to Villa on the yellow card count after Idrissa Gueye's late challenge on Ross Barkley inside the Everton half.
There's thousands of empty seats in the home areas of Villa Park. Those who are inside the ground are probably wishing they'd stayed at home on what is a very wet night in the West Midlands.
Their team has given them absolutely nothing to get excited about so far.
Great start by Kevin Mirallas on his return to the Everton team. He already has an assist and he's just won his side another free-kick after a cynical foul by Ciaran Clark deep in Villa territory. It earns Clark the game's first caution from referee Roger East.
Everton are totally dominating possession. It's far too easy for the visitors. Gabriel Agbonlahor concedes a free-kick deep inside his own area after hacking down former team-mate Gareth Barry. All the high-tempo football is coming from the white shirts of the opposition.
Even by Villa's standards this has been a shocking start by Remi Garde's side. The mood inside Villa Park is ugly. Lots of fingers being pointed from the crowd in the direction of Villa's players and Garde.
Shocking start for Aston Villa as terrible defending from a Kevin Mirallas corner allows Argentina international Ramiro Funes Mori to power home unmarked from seven yards.
The goal is greeted by jeers from the home fans.
We're under way. Is there any hope for Aston Villa at all?
Out come the teams. Everton's 3,000 travelling fans are make a right din. We're moments from kick-off.