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Everton 4-0 Aston Villa

By Stephan ShemiltBBC Sport
Romelu Lukaku scores
Romelu Lukaku is one of five players to score 50 Premier League goals before the age of 23

Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku each scored twice as Everton thrashed a dreadful Aston Villa, who remain stuck at the bottom of the Premier League.

Barkley had two simple tap-ins, the first after Brad Guzan saved from Gerard Deulofeu, the second following some awful Villa defending.

In between, Lukaku headed his 50th Premier League goal, then finished a wonderful move soon after half-time.

Villa are without a win in 12 games since the opening day of the season.

A tally of five points after 13 matches is their worst return in any of their previous top-flight campaigns and they remain five from safety.

Everton, meanwhile, have scored 10 goals in recording back-to-back home wins for the first time since April and climb to seventh.

Awful Villa

Villa taken 'step backwards' - Garde

If a creditable goalless draw with Manchester City in Remi Garde's first match in charge gave Villa some optimism about beating the drop, then this was the starkest of reality checks.

Garde looked to build on the solidity of that draw, his intention clear in the early stages with Villa happy to to concede possession and keep men behind the ball.

However, the visiting defence was not up to the task of dealing with Lukaku, Barkley and the excellent Deulofeu.

Not only that, but Villa also created problems for themselves. For Everton's third goal, no fewer than four defenders and the on-rushing Guzan failed to deal with the ball bouncing in the area, with Barkley eventually rolling into an empty net.

On top of all this, Villa showed virtually no attacking threat, with not one of their players posting an average position in Everton territory during the first half.

By this evidence, Garde faces an almighty task if he is to keep Villa from relegation.

Touchmap
As illustrated by the touchmap on the right, only one Villa player (Jordan Ayew) had an average position in the Everton half over the course of the entire game. The three Everton players with an average position in the Villa half were Lukaku, Barkley and Deulofeu

Excellent Everton

Pinning this result solely on the inadequacies of Villa would be unfair on Everton, who put in a ruthless, clinical and entertaining display of attacking football.

Deulofeu tormented Kieran Richardson down the Everton right, from where the majority of the home team's attacking threat came.

His shot, after good work from Lukaku and James McCarthy, led to Barkley's opener, with Seamus Coleman again supplying from the right for Lukaku's header to make it 2-0.

Barkley nipped in to take advantage of the defensive chaos for the third, but it was Everton's fourth that was most impressive and came as their three stars linked up.

Deulofeu surged through the middle, fed Barkley, whose one-touch pass was perfectly placed into the path of Lukaku, who lifted over Guzan.

The numbers game

Lukaku's first goal was his 50th in the Premier League, the 22-year-old becoming only the fifth man - alongside Robbie Fowler (92), Michael Owen (91), Wayne Rooney (71) and Cristiano Ronaldo (54) - to reach that landmark before his 23rd birthday.

This was the 201st league meeting between Everton and Villa, and it is the most played fixture in English league football.

If Villa fail to improve, then the 202nd in March could be the last for some time.

Man of the match - Gerard Deulofeu

Gerard Deulofeu
Gerard Deulofeu scored five goals in two games for Spain Under-21s during the international break. He did not find the net here, but punished a vulnerable Villa side

What they said

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "It was a really strong performance. You're are always worried how you will react after an international break, but it was very pleasing. It was a complete performance.

Complete Everton display - Martinez

"You get used to hearing Lukaku's name, but it's a good reminder that he is such a young man. It is a very elite group that he has joined. It is great to see him growing all the time and this season he has gone to a different level.

"Ross Barkley is coming into his mature best. To play the amount of football he has in the last seven days and still get to that level is remarkable."

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde: "In the first 30 minutes we were not good enough to resist. We didn't want to concede an early goal and we did. After that it was too difficult.

"When you concede four goals it is not a good performance. We will have to work on that. The second half was better. I was not pleased at all with the first half.

"I knew the size of the task before I came. Today we lost 4-0, I prefer to lose one game 4-0 than four games 1-0. We have to be ready for the next game, because that is very important."

The stats you need to know

  • Everton have lost only one of their last 10 Premier League games against Aston Villa
  • No Premier League team has ever survived having accumulated five points or fewer after 13 games of a season: QPR in 2012-13, Sheffield Wednesday in 1999-00, Swindon Town in 1993-94 and Sunderland in 2005-06
  • All 24 of Everton's goals this season have been from open play, making them the only side in the Premier League yet to score from a set-piece this season
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored seven goals in his last seven Premier League games
  • Ross Barkley has already been involved in more goals this season (nine - five goals, four assists) than in any of his previous campaigns

What's next?

Villa's long quest for a win next takes in the visit of Watford next Saturday. Everton make the long trip to Bournemouth on the same day.

Line-ups

Everton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Howard
  • 23Coleman
  • 5Stones
  • 25Funes Mori
  • 32Galloway
  • 16McCarthySubstituted forGibsonat 84'minutes
  • 18Barry
  • 19DeulofeuSubstituted forMirallasat 74'minutes
  • 20BarkleySubstituted forOsmanat 74'minutes
  • 9Koné
  • 10Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 1Robles
  • 4Gibson
  • 11Mirallas
  • 12Lennon
  • 14Naismith
  • 15Cleverley
  • 21Osman

Aston Villa

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Guzan
  • 21Hutton
  • 4Richards
  • 6Clark
  • 18Richardson
  • 17Veretout
  • 15Westwood
  • 8GueyeSubstituted forC Sánchezat 45'minutes
  • 25GilSubstituted forGestedeat 57'minutes
  • 19J Ayew
  • 40GrealishSubstituted forN'Zogbiaat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Bacuna
  • 9Sinclair
  • 16Lescott
  • 24C Sánchez
  • 28N'Zogbia
  • 31Bunn
  • 39Gestede
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
38,424

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Everton 4, Aston Villa 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Everton 4, Aston Villa 0.

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    Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

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    Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

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    Foul by Leon Osman (Everton).

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    Jordan Veretout (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Darron Gibson.

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    Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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    Foul by Kieran Richardson (Aston Villa).

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    Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Darron Gibson.

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    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  12. Post update

    Delay in match Romelu Lukaku (Everton) because of an injury.

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    Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Darron Gibson replaces James McCarthy.

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

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    Foul by Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa).

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    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Brad Guzan.

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    Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

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    Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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    Foul by Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa).