Everton 2 - 2 Aston Villa
Gabriel Agbonlahor's late equaliser secured a draw for Aston Villa in a game that Everton dominated.
Leon Osman put Everton ahead with a 12-yard finish and they had a penalty shout turned down when Barry Bannan appeared to foul Leighton Baines.
Villa levelled through a stunning, 30-yard strike by Stiliyan Petrov, but Baines's penalty made it 2-1 after Fabian Delph fouled Phil Jagielka.
But Agbonlahor's header from Marc Albrighton's cross earned Villa a draw.
Everton, playing their first game since Mikel Arteta's departure to Arsenal, had gone into the game without a recognised striker. They created chances aplenty though, with Tim Cahill leading the line in front of Leon Osman, and should have scored more.
The performance would have heartened the home crowd with some of their fans having protested at chairman Bill Kenwright and the board before kick-off. There was some warm applause for Kenwright, however, when he was shown on the big screen during the game.
Villa would have been grateful to their defence, particularly the imperious Richard Dunne, for keeping Everton's goal tally down. Referee Michael Oliver also helped them by waving away the home penalty appeal at the start of the second half when Everton were 1-0 ahead.
Everton had asserted themselves quickly as an early Jagielka header was cleared off the line by Darren Bent and Osman was then denied by Villa goalkeeper Shay Given from close range.
Jagielka was frustrated again with another header as his effort struck the side-netting following a Baines corner.
But Everton finally got what they deserved in the 19th minute after a patient passing move that culminated in Tim Cahill dragging the ball back for Osman to tuck the ball in.
Everton finished the first half strongly as Marouane Fellaini and Jack Rodwell both came close with 25-yard strikes. Villa only had a 35-yard shot from Bannan to show for their lacklustre efforts.
Bent squandered a chance when he mis-hit from eight yards just after half-time, but Everton continued to look the more dangerous team.
David Moyes's men were disappointed when Bannan appeared to trip Baines, after an impressive run by the left-back, but no penalty was given.
Villa were level against the run of play just after the hour when Petrov unleashed his long-range effort with Everton's defenders failing to identify the danger.
But the home side looked to have made amends, six minutes later, as they were awarded a penalty during a scramble when Delph climbed on Jagielka, with Baines scoring from the spot.
The Midlands team levelled again unexpectedly when Albrighton's cross from the left was met by Agbonlahor at the back post with seven minutes to play.
Everton had further chances to win the game late on, but Villa survived.
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Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.90:00 +0:28
Inswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines from the right by-line played to the near post, Alan Hutton makes a clearance.90:00 +0:04
Leighton Baines takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Gabriel Agbonlahor.89:47
Apostolos Vellios takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save.88:32
Shot from just outside the area by Apostolos Vellios misses to the left of the target.86:18
Stephen Ireland is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick.85:38
Stiliyan Petrov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Osman. Free kick crossed left-footed by Leighton Baines from left wing, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.85:09
Darren Bent is ruled offside. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.84:26
Foul by Stephen Ireland on Leighton Baines, free kick awarded. Leighton Baines takes the direct free kick.84:01 Substitution
Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Apostolos Vellios coming on for Tim Cahill.83:36 Booking
Booking Gabriel Agbonlahor booked.82:21
Assist by Marc Albrighton.82:21 Goal scored
Goal! - Gabriel Agbonlahor - Everton 2 - 2 A Villa Gabriel Agbonlahor grabs a headed goal from close range. Everton 2-2 Aston Villa.80:12 Substitution
Substitution Ross Barkley comes on in place of Seamus Coleman.79:52 Substitution
Substitution Stephen Ireland joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fabian Delph.79:41
Jack Rodwell produces a left-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the target.77:36
Fabian Delph has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.76:01
Leon Osman takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Warnock.74:01
Alan Hutton fouled by Roysten Drenthe, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alan Hutton.73:36
Tim Cahill takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.
Foul by Alan Hutton on Roysten Drenthe, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.71:17 Substitution
Substitution Charles N'Zogbia goes off and Marc Albrighton comes on.71:17 Substitution
Substitution Roysten Drenthe is brought on as a substitute for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.71:06
Jack Rodwell takes a shot.69:23
Foul by Marouane Fellaini on Fabian Delph, free kick awarded. Stephen Warnock takes the direct free kick.68:10
Assist on the goal came from Phil Jagielka.68:10 Goal scored
Goal! - Leighton Baines - Everton 2 - 1 A Villa Leighton Baines scores a placed penalty. Everton 2-1 Aston Villa.67:42
Fabian Delph concedes a Penalty for a foul on Phil Jagielka.66:52
Leighton Baines takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Tim Cahill takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.66:39
Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Stiliyan Petrov gets a block in.66:11
Handball decision goes against Gabriel Agbonlahor. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.65:01
Stiliyan Petrov takes the direct free kick.65:01 Booking
Booking Phil Jagielka goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.64:55
Phil Jagielka challenges Gabriel Agbonlahor unfairly and gives away a free kick.63:23
Leon Osman takes a shot. Richard Dunne gets a block in.62:16
Assist on the goal came from Stephen Warnock.62:16 Goal scored
Goal! - Stiliyan Petrov - Everton 1 - 1 A Villa Stiliyan Petrov fires in a goal from long distance to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 1-1 Aston Villa.60:09
Phil Jagielka has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.59:44
Alan Hutton concedes a free kick for a foul on Tim Cahill. Direct free kick taken by Leighton Baines.58:43
Barry Bannan takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand upright.58:04
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov by Marouane Fellaini. Barry Bannan takes the free kick.55:16
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Sylvain Distin gets a block in.54:25
Foul by James Collins on Tim Cahill, free kick awarded. Leighton Baines restarts play with the free kick.53:24
Darren Bent is ruled offside. Phil Jagielka takes the indirect free kick.51:01
Leighton Baines takes the inswinging corner, save by Shay Given.49:17
Tim Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabian Delph. James Collins takes the direct free kick.45:01
The game restarts for the second half.45:00 +2:30 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.45:00 +1:42
Tim Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Collins. Shay Given takes the free kick.45:00 +0:52
Shot from long range by Charles N'Zogbia goes wide of the left-hand post.44:19
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Leighton Baines, Close range header by Sylvain Distin goes wide of the left-hand upright.43:27
Stephen Warnock challenges Tim Cahill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.42:37
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leighton Baines on Stiliyan Petrov. Alan Hutton takes the free kick.41:37
Leighton Baines takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Darren Bent.41:04
Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Fabian Delph gets a block in.38:57
Tim Cahill challenges Richard Dunne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.37:20
Shot from just outside the box by Marouane Fellaini goes over the target.33:47
Leon Osman takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.31:06
Barry Bannan takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.28:33
Marouane Fellaini challenges Fabian Delph unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Barry Bannan.27:41
The assistant referee flags for offside against Darren Bent. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Howard.27:26
Marouane Fellaini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov. Stephen Warnock takes the free kick.23:11
Tim Cahill challenges Stiliyan Petrov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stiliyan Petrov restarts play with the free kick.20:30
Tim Cahill is penalised for a handball. Shay Given takes the direct free kick.19:55
Gabriel Agbonlahor challenges Tony Hibbert unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick.18:18
Tim Cahill provided the assist for the goal.18:18 Goal scored
Goal! - Leon Osman - Everton 1 - 0 A Villa Leon Osman grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 1-0 Aston Villa.15:17
Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.15:17 Substitution
Substitution Barry Bannan is brought on as a substitute for Emile Heskey.15:17
Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor.8:19
Darren Bent is ruled offside. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.7:41
Unfair challenge on Darren Bent by Phil Jagielka results in a free kick. Stephen Warnock takes the free kick.7:28
Leon Osman takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.6:35
Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka takes a shot. Blocked by Darren Bent.5:26
The referee blows for offside against Darren Bent. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.4:30
Stiliyan Petrov challenges Diniyar Bilyaletdinov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Leighton Baines.4:01
Seamus Coleman fouled by Charles N'Zogbia, the ref awards a free kick. Tony Hibbert restarts play with the free kick.3:07
Unfair challenge on Leighton Baines by Emile Heskey results in a free kick. Sylvain Distin takes the direct free kick.0:00
The referee gets the match started.
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