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Aston Villa 3-2 Everton

By James McMathBBC Sport
Tom Cleverley celebrates
Tom Cleverley scored in consecutive Premier League appearances after not finding the net in his preceding 37 outings
  • Benteke scores 11th goal in nine matches
  • Villa win sixth match in 12 under Sherwood
  • Everton's six-match unbeaten league run ends

Christian Benteke scored twice as relegation-threatened Aston Villa beat Everton to move up to 14th in the Premier League table.

Belgian Benteke headed in from Fabian Delph's cross before scoring a second following Jack Grealish's corner.

Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back for Everton but Tom Cleverley rifled in Villa's third after Leandro Bacuna's fine pass.

Phil Jagielka set up a tense finish when he headed in from close range.

Tim Sherwood praises Benteke and Delph impact

Villa's upturn has coincided with the sparkling form of Benteke, who has scored 11 goals in the last nine matches in all competitions.

The striker took just 10 minutes to make his mark against Everton, powering a header beyond Tim Howard from Fabian Delph's deep cross from the left.

Ron Vlaar should have made it 2-0 but headed wide from Grealish's corner but the Dutch defender was involved as Benteke struck again just before half time.

Vlaar's glancing header from another Grealish delivery fell to Benteke at the back post and he steered the ball into the empty net.

Romelu Lukaku and Jores Okore in action at Villa Park
Aston Villa have won six of 12 matches since Tim Sherwood took over as manager

Villa have got the FA Cup final against Arsenal on 30 May to look forward to but their focus before that is survival, and even after this win they are only two points above the bottom three.

Goalkeeper Shay Given was rewarded for his displays in the cup with a first league start since August 2012 and the 39-year-old did not have a shot to save in the first half.

That changed after the break, as he first dived to his left to keep out Romelu Lukaku's shot then had to face a penalty after Vlaar's clumsy challenge on Steven Naismith.

Benteke takes some beating
Only three players - Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero and Robin van Persie - have scored more Premier League goals than Benteke since the start of the 2012-13 season.

The Republic of Ireland international was not fooled by Lukaku's efforts to send him the wrong way but failed to prevent the shot from sneaking into the net for 2-1.

Villa restored their two-goal advantage within five minutes when Bacuna's pass picked out Cleverley bursting forward from midfield.

Roberto Martinez says Everton showed 'two faces' after Villa defeat

The on-loan Manchester United midfielder scored his first Villa goal in the 3-2 defeat at Manchester City seven days earlier and confidently rifled the ball past Howard.

Villa looked like they would see out the closing stages comfortably but Everton struck again in stoppage time.

James McCarthy's header from Baines' corner looped on top of the cross bar and England defender Jagielka headed in from inside the six-yard box.

It made for a tense final few seconds but Villa held on to collect maximum points.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood: "I don't want to go over the top but, Fabian Delph, there's not a better midfielder in the country at the moment.

"He breaks the play up, he carries the ball well and he can pass it. He's got everything to his game and he can score.

"He's got an array of talent. He's vital for us."

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "In the first half, we were second best. We didn't compete as we normally do - that's not how we've been performing.

"The second half was completely different. We created enough to get something out of the game.

"It was a disappointing to give 45 minutes away. That was not good enough, that's not the level we set for ourselves."


Aston Villa

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31GivenBooked at 90mins
  • 7BacunaSubstituted forHuttonat 81'minutes
  • 5Okore
  • 4VlaarBooked at 84mins
  • 18Richardson
  • 8Cleverley
  • 15WestwoodSubstituted forC Sánchezat 75'minutes
  • 16Delph
  • 28N'ZogbiaSubstituted forColeat 90'minutes
  • 20Benteke
  • 40Grealish


  • 1Guzan
  • 9Sinclair
  • 10Weimann
  • 12Cole
  • 14Senderos
  • 21Hutton
  • 24C Sánchez


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Howard
  • 23ColemanBooked at 73mins
  • 26Stones
  • 6Jagielka
  • 3Baines
  • 18Barry
  • 16McCarthy
  • 25Lennon
  • 14NaismithSubstituted forBarkleyat 75'minutes
  • 11MirallasSubstituted forOsmanat 75'minutes
  • 10Lukaku


  • 1Robles
  • 7McGeady
  • 9Koné
  • 17Besic
  • 20Barkley
  • 21Osman
  • 30Alcaraz
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aston Villa 3, Everton 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aston Villa 3, Everton 2.

  3. Booking

    Shay Given (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Aston Villa 3, Everton 2. Phil Jagielka (Everton) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Christian Benteke (Aston Villa).

  8. Post update

    Seamus Coleman (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Joe Cole replaces Charles N'Zogbia.

  10. Post update

    Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

  12. Post update

    Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Lennon (Everton).

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James McCarthy (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  15. Booking

    Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa).

  17. Post update

    James McCarthy (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Christian Benteke (Aston Villa).

  19. Post update

    Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Alan Hutton replaces Leandro Bacuna.

As It Stood

2Man City34207770363467
4Man Utd35198859352465
9West Ham351211124342147
12Crystal Palace34119144247-542
13West Brom351010153346-1340
14Aston Villa3598182950-2135
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