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Shamoon Hafez

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  1. Post update

    Aston Villa are up and running, ending their 15-match winless run in the Premier League.

    Have a read of the report

    We are back on Saturday for a bumper day of top-flight action.

    Until then.

  2. 'There is a togetherness'

    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    Aston Villa

    More from Aston Villa manager Dean Smith: "Wesley is not rewarding me but this performance was very good tonight. I believe in him, I have watched him for a while at Club Bruges, playing in the Champions League so I know the calibre of player we were bringing in. You can't judge someone after two games.

    "Jota is a really good player, he is unlucky that it was his first start tonight, he was excellent in pre-season and he was excellent tonight. He set up the first goal with his vision with a slide rule pass for Wesley.

    "I don't think there is any extra expectations from the supporters. We have a really good bond. It has been six months of hard work and a group of players who are working hard for the shirt. We are in the Premier League after a 10-match winning run in the Championship and winning in the play-off final. There is a togetherness with all off us and the noise is great to hear."

  3. 'We had a bit of fortune'

    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    Aston Villa

    Aston Villa manager Dean Smith tells BBC Sport: "I am more pleased to get the first points in the Premier League. Our performances have been OK, Tottenham was tough first up and we were good for an hour. We played well against Bournemouth and from the supporters there is a lot of optimism. they stuck right behind us. Everton started brighter but it was a good performance to get the win.

    "We have had a bit of fortune, they have missed two big chances form inside the box and Theo Walcott shot over. I always felt we were a threat on the counter and we broke at pace. They play a higher line and we used that well."

  4. 'You have to take your chances'

    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton


    Everton boss Marco Silva, speaking to BBC Sport: "It is really difficult to see how we can lose this game when we create so many chances to score. It is a tough place to play football.

    "We started well and controlled the game with some dangerous moments around their box. The first time they went in our box they scored.

    "We spoke during thew week that Villa like to play fast set-pieces and they did that we switched off. In the first moment it was 1-0. We react and had a clear chance with Dominic [Calvert-Lewin] to make it 1-1.

    "In the second half it was more with our team in the middle and them with nine players around the box. Even then we created chances to change the result for us. We had the shot off the post and the clear chances with Theo [Walcott] and Lucas [Digne]. In my opinion we should achieve more in this game but if you don't score from the chances you create.

    "The most difficult thing is to create and when you do you have to put the ball in the net.

    "It is concerning about the goals we didn't score and of course we should score more. Against Palace we created lots of chances to score and didn't and again today."

  5. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    Everton manager Marco Silva says "it is really difficult to see" how his side lost this game.

    Full quotes to come.

  6. 'One of those nights'

    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton


    Everton forward Alex Iwobi, speaking to Sky Sports: "I thought I was able to help my team get a point but when my shot came back off the post I thought someone might follow it up but it was cleared.

    "We weren't playing at our best, it was one of those nights. Lack of concentration and silly mistakes. We have already spoken about it in the changing room. We are not trying to dwell on the negativity. We just need to move on."

  7. BreakingBury 'sold', says owner Dale

    Big breaking news from the Football League...

    Owner Steve Dale has told BBC Radio Manchester he has agreed a deal to sell Bury as an EFL deadline for their possible expulsion approaches.

  8. 'Continue like this'

    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    Aston Villa

    Aston Villa striker Wesley tells BBC Sport: "I am very happy tonight, what a performance from the team. We worked hard, played very well and we hope to continue like this week by week then we will see what happens.

    "The manager knows me, he sees me everyday working hard and the supporters know me too. I keep calm, I know my qualities and today you saw that I can do.

    "I hope to continue like this, the last two games were very difficult but now I have to help my team with goals.

    "The noise was incredible, the supporters were unbelievable and I hope they continue like this to help us.

    "I have to work hard everyday and continue like this."

  9. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    Villa manager Dean Smith enjoyed his first win against Premier League opposition as a manager.

    Smith had lost all eight of his previous games against top-flight opponents with Walsall, Brentford and Villa.

    Dean Smith
  10. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    Karen Carney

    Former England women's winger on BBC Radio 5 Live

    When that first goal went in the relief of the players and fans was huge that they had something to hold on to. Everyone is buzzing. They've not been bad in the first two games, but tonight Villa made it happen.

  11. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    Got to be pleased for Villa skipper Jack Grealish too.

    The Englishman was excellent in the middle of the park and remember he came into the game on the back of 20 STRAIGHT Premier League defeats.

  12. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    "Good times never seemed so good, so good."

    The Villa faithful celebrate their victory with a rendition of Neil Diamond's classic Sweet Caroline.


    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    The long, barren run is finally ended.

    Aston Villa end their long, 15 game winless run in the Premier League stretching back to February 2016 and are up and running.

    Villa fans
  14. Post update

    Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    Karen Carney

    Former England women's winger on BBC Radio 5 Live

    It has been Everton, Everton, Everton. But talk about counter-attacking football. I'm not sure what Gomes was doing but El Ghazi has taken a touch and slotted it into the bottom corner.

    Credit to Dean Smith. He saw Jota was tiring and the sub has got the goal to seal the win.

  15. GOAL - Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

    Anwar El Ghazi

    Bedlam at Villa Park, Premier League win incoming for the hosts.

    This is a lovely goal on the counter, Wesley holding it up superbly and laying it off for John McGinn.

    The Scot slides a pass through to Anwar El Ghazi, who skips past Andre Gomes and rolls in a cool, low finish into the back of the net.

  16. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

    Everton move forward and Theo Walcott picks out Lucas Digne 10 yards out, but the ball is on the Frenchman's weaker right foot, hooking a shot over.

  17. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

    One final chance for Everton or is the game gone for them?

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    richard cumiskey: Is it too early for miss of the season? What a sitter from Walcott.

  19. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

    FIVE minutes of added time to be played at Villa Park.

    It could be more as home defender Frederic Guilbert needs treatment from the physio.

  20. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-0 Everton

    Karen Carney

    Former England women's winger on BBC Radio 5 Live

    I can't believe Walcott has missed that. He was six yards out. All he has to do is hit the target. He leans back and puts it over the bar. That was the moment.

    At minimum you have to hit the target there. But he was quite lazy in his approach. I'm scratching my head.