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Everton 3-0 Aston Villa

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Goodison Park
Phil Jagielka
Phil Jagielka's 18th-minute goal helped Everton record their first victory in six matches in all competitions
  • Everton's Barkley makes first appearance of 2014-15
  • Defender Jagielka grabs his second goal of campaign
  • Aston Villa have not scored in four matches
  • Victory takes Everton up to 13th in the Premier League

Ross Barkley made a sparkling return in his first game of the season as Everton strolled to victory against Aston Villa at Goodison Park.

The 20-year-old England midfielder was back after suffering knee ligament damage just before The Toffees' opening game at Leicester City - and responded by inspiring their most impressive Premier League win of the season.

Martinez pleased with Everton control

England defender Leighton Baines was also a key man, crossing for Phil Jagielka's first-half goal before setting up Seamus Coleman for Everton's third that wrapped up their second league win of the season.

In between, Romelu Lukaku was the beneficiary of more good work by Barkley as he scored his third of the season with a low shot that Villa keeper Brad Guzan should have saved three minutes after the break.

Villa's fine start to the season, which included a victory at Liverpool, is in danger of becoming a distant memory as they were outclassed in going down to their fourth straight league loss.

This was more like the Everton side who finished fifth last season, with the return of Barkley and Coleman adding an extra attacking dimension and confidence as they cruised to the win.

Ross Barkley
Everton and England midfielder Ross Barkley played for the first time this season after a knee injury

Manager Roberto Martinez will now hope the manner of this win can inspire a better run of results after a surprisingly poor start to the season.

The sight of Barkley running at Villa's defence and providing subtle touches in and around the area lifted the spirits of Everton fans who have witnessed Martinez's side make an undistinguished start after last season's top-five finish.

And the opening goal came after a corner in the 18th minute when Barkley's rising shot was turned away to safety in athletic fashion by Guzan.

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Everton worked the corner short and there was certainly an element of novelty about how the move concluded, a right-foot cross from Baines headed in from six yards by central defender Jagielka.

Barkley almost created a second for Coleman, who saw his angled drive turned away by Guzan - and the young midfield man was at it again when Everton extended their advantage two minutes into the second half.

He showed his creativity with a neat pass into Lukaku but his low shot, while carrying some power, should not have been allowed to squirm under Guzan.

Barkley continued to run the game until he was substituted after 65 minutes, receiving a deserved standing ovation as he made way for Steven Pienaar.

Everton had barely been required to break sweat as they increased their advantage when Baines crossed from the left for full-back Coleman to turn in from close range.

Martinez and Lambert
Paul Lambert's Aston Villa side have now not won a match since 13 September
Phil Jagielka
Everton's Phil Jagielka also scored in the club's 1-1 away draw against Liverpool on 27 September
Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku added a second goal as his weak shot went into the net after Brad Guzan's mistake
Seamus Coleman
Seamus Coleman sealed the win by scoring his third goal of the season late on at Goodison Park



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Howard
  • 23Coleman
  • 30Alcaraz
  • 6Jagielka
  • 3Baines
  • 16McCarthy
  • 18BarryBooked at 61mins
  • 14NaismithBooked at 71minsSubstituted forEto'oat 87'minutes
  • 20BarkleySubstituted forPienaarat 66'minutes
  • 21Osman
  • 10LukakuSubstituted forGibsonat 90+2'minutes


  • 1Robles
  • 2Hibbert
  • 4Gibson
  • 5Eto'o
  • 7McGeady
  • 17Besic
  • 22Pienaar

Aston Villa

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Guzan
  • 21Hutton
  • 4Vlaar
  • 2BakerSubstituted forClarkat 26'minutes
  • 23Cissokho
  • 8Cleverley
  • 15Westwood
  • 18RichardsonBooked at 7mins
  • 28N'ZogbiaSubstituted forWeimannat 63'minutes
  • 20BentekeSubstituted forColeat 81'minutes
  • 11AgbonlahorBooked at 36mins


  • 6Clark
  • 10Weimann
  • 12Cole
  • 19Bent
  • 24C Sánchez
  • 31Given
  • 34Lowton
Anthony Taylor

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Everton 3, Aston Villa 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Everton 3, Aston Villa 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Darron Gibson (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Samuel Eto'o.

  5. Post update

    Leon Osman (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Darron Gibson replaces Romelu Lukaku.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ashley Westwood with a cross following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Phil Jagielka.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Samuel Eto'o replaces Steven Naismith.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Joe Cole replaces Christian Benteke.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Everton 3, Aston Villa 0. Seamus Coleman (Everton) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross following a set piece situation.

  15. Post update

    Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa).

  17. Booking

    Steven Naismith (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Steven Naismith (Everton).

  19. Post update

    Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Leighton Baines (Everton).