Everton 3-0 Aston Villa: Toffees cruise as Howard tops Guzan (video)
Everton beat Aston Villa 3-0 on Saturday at Goodison Park, as the Toffees secured their first home win of the PL season.
Phil Jagielka headed home in the first half, then Romelu Lukaku squirmed a shot under USMNT ‘keeper Brad Guzan as he lost the battle of the American goalkeepers to Tim Howard once again.
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Coleman added a third late on to seal the win, with Everton up to 13th with nine points and Aston Villa in 12th after fourth-straight defeats in which they have failed to score.
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The Toffees went ahead early on as Baines crossed the ball in and Jagielka powered home a header. 1-0 to Everton. The home side pushed hard for a second but Brad Guzan made some good stops in goal for Villa, with the Toffees going in ahead at the break.
In the 48th minute Lukaku made it 2-0 and this won’t be a goal Guzan will want to see back in a hurry. The big Belgian striker sent in a low shot that squirmed underneath Guzan to extend the Toffees’ lead in the battle between the two USMNT ‘keepers.
5 - Leighton Baines has now assisted five PL goals this season, one more than he managed in the whole of 2013-14. Form.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 18, 2014
Christian Benteke hit the crossbar twice but was adjudged to have pushed Antolin Alcaraz, with Villa struggling to create chances going forward.
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They tested Tim Howard in the 72nd minute but Andreas Weimann couldn’t get enough purchase on his close-ranger header after a wicked delivery from the left.
Everton wrapped up all three points as a quick free-kick found Baines and he squared the ball across for his fellow full back Coleman to tap home and round off a first home win of the PL season for the Toffees.
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Alcaraz, Barry, McCarthy, Barkley, Naismith (Eto’o 87), Osman, Lukaku (Gibson, 92)
Goals: Jagielka (18), Lukaku (48), Coleman (76)
Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Vlaar, Baker (Clark, 26), Cissokho, N’Zogbia (Weimann, 63), Cleverley, Westwood, Richardson, Agbonlahor, Benteke (Cole, 81)