Romelu Lukaku scored his fifth goal in as many games as Everton continued their excellent run at Aston Villa.

The Belgium striker, who was kept quiet for most of the game by the Villa defence, struck from the edge of the box midway through the second half.

He overshadowed compatriot Christian Benteke, who earlier had a penalty saved by Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.

As Villa pressed for a late leveller, Leon Osman stroked in for Everton's fifth victory in six league games.

Martinez praises Howard contribution

The substitute's goal might have been harsh on the hosts, but they suffered their second consecutive home defeat after failing to take advantage of some superb first-half opportunities.

That was largely down to Howard, who also saved two one-on-one breaks from Benteke and Andreas Weimann.

But Villa boss Paul Lambert may take positives from the fact his side have a favourable run of fixtures in November after having now faced six of last season's top seven teams.

Having withstood early pressure, victory for Everton - who climb to fourth in the table - provided further evidence of their growing confidence under boss Roberto Martinez as they again showed the necessary steel to go with some incisive attacking play.

Billed as the battle of the Belgian strikers between Benteke and Lukaku, it was the Everton forward who made a decisive mark on the game before Osman sealed the three points.

Everton draw level in top-flight's most-played fixture

  • This was the 197th meeting between the two sides, with Everton drawing level with 72 wins each.
  • The game was commemorated by Football Association chairman Greg Dyke before kick-off on the governing body's 150th birthday.

Benteke, on the other hand, had been guilty of wastefulness in a lively opening first period.

Villa's top scorer, returning to the starting line-up after a hip injury, won the early penalty after being tripped in the penalty box by Seamus Coleman.

The 22-year-old stepped up confidently, but Howard dived superbly to his right to tip the ball over the bar with his left hand.

The Villa forward again could not find a way past Howard when he was put through by Aleksandar Tonev as the game opened up around the half-hour mark, while Weimann was also culpable of wasting a great chance as he raced through on goal.

Villa did not look like a side which has won more points away from home than at Villa Park under Lambert, but their failure to capitalise appeared to give Everton confidence.

Villa home form not great - Lambert

The visitors had their own profitable spell when Lukaku's header was saved before Ross Barkley's 25-yard shot was deflected onto the bar.

Although both teams continued to press for an opener after the break, it was Villa who had the initiative until Lukaku made his mark.

Having been well marked by Ron Vlaar for most of the afternoon, the 20-year-old striker was found by Osman's pass and made no mistake by finding the bottom corner from the edge of the area for his 16th goal in 2013.

Villa responded, but this time it was Gabriel Agbonlahor who shot straight at Howard when Weimann's low centre found the English striker in space.

And, following a cleared corner, Osman sealed the win when he passed into the bottom corner after good work by Gareth Barry.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert:

"It hurts because we should have been three up in the first half. With Christian Benteke's two chances and one from Andreas Weimann we had big moments in the game, but that's the way football is. We can't be too harsh on the lads because more times than not they score those."

Everton boss Roberto Martinez on Romelu Lukaku:

"He looked a real threat throughout the game. He didn't just contribute with the goal, his movement was terrific and his starting positions were always difficult to pick for the Villa back four. You are seeing a player that is enjoying his football and we want to see that continue."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Aston Villa

  • 01 Guzan
  • 07 Bacuna
  • 14 Luna (Clark - 46' )
  • 15 Westwood
  • 04 Vlaar
  • 02 Baker
  • 10 Weimann
  • 16 Delph
  • 20 Benteke
  • 24 Tonev (Helenius - 77' )
  • 11 Agbonlahor

Substitutes

  • 06 Clark
  • 08 El Ahmadi
  • 09 Helenius
  • 13 Steer
  • 18 Sylla
  • 27 Kozák
  • 34 Lowton

Everton

  • 24 Howard Booked
  • 23 Coleman
  • 03 Baines
  • 18 Barry
  • 06 Jagielka
  • 15 Distin
  • 11 Mirallas (Deulofeu - 90' )
  • 16 McCarthy Booked
  • 17 Lukaku
  • 20 Barkley (Osman - 60' )
  • 22 Pienaar (Naismith - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Robles
  • 07 Jelavic
  • 08 Oviedo
  • 10 Deulofeu
  • 14 Naismith
  • 21 Osman
  • 26 Stones
Ref: Anthony Taylor
Att: 35,154

Match Stats

Shots

14 15

On target

3 4

Corners

8 6

Fouls

14 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Aston Villa 0, Everton 2.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Aston Villa 0, Everton 2.

90:00 +3:16

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +3:16

Foul by Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa).

90:00 +2:08

Attempt missed. Leighton Baines (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by James McCarthy.

90:00 +1:32

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Nathan Baker.

90:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Gerard Deulofeu replaces Kevin Mirallas.

89:26

Offside, Everton. Leon Osman tries a through ball, but Kevin Mirallas is caught offside.

88:09

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Nathan Baker.

86:21 Booking

Booking Tim Howard (Everton) is shown the yellow card.

83:43

Attempt missed. Steven Naismith (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gareth Barry following a set piece situation.

83:13

Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

83:13

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

80:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aston Villa 0, Everton 2. Leon Osman (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gareth Barry following a corner.

79:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Steven Naismith replaces Steven Pienaar.

78:53

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

78:52

Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Pienaar.

76:49

Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

76:49

Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Nicklas Helenius replaces Aleksandar Tonev.

76:10

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

76:10

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

75:41

Foul by Steven Pienaar (Everton).

75:41

Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:42

Attempt saved. Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

73:58

Foul by Steven Pienaar (Everton).

73:58

Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:37

Attempt missed. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Aleksandar Tonev.

70:18

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Seamus Coleman.

67:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aston Villa 0, Everton 1. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leon Osman.

66:04

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:04

Foul by Aleksandar Tonev (Aston Villa).

64:36

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

64:36

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

64:32

Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

64:01

Offside, Everton. Tim Howard tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

63:14

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

62:26

Delay in match Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

61:56 Booking

Booking James McCarthy (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:31

Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

61:31

Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:44

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

60:44

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

59:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Leon Osman replaces Ross Barkley.

58:42

Attempt missed. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fabian Delph.

58:23

Attempt missed. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

57:48

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Sylvain Distin.

56:02

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Phil Jagielka.

56:00

Attempt missed. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nathan Baker.

52:03

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Phil Jagielka.

52:00

Attempt blocked. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.

50:51

Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku with a headed pass.

47:53

Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross following a corner.

47:24

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

45:00

Second Half begins Aston Villa 0, Everton 0.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Aston Villa 0, Everton 0.

45:00 +1:09

Offside, Everton. Gareth Barry tries a through ball, but Kevin Mirallas is caught offside.

45:00 +0:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Ciaran Clark replaces Antonio Luna because of an injury.

45:00 +0:46

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:46

Foul by Nathan Baker (Aston Villa).

44:39

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

43:38

Delay in match Antonio Luna (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

43:14

Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

43:14

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:26

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Leighton Baines.

38:27

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Seamus Coleman.

37:50

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

37:50

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:08

Attempt missed. Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.

34:34

Attempt blocked. Sylvain Distin (Everton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Pienaar with a cross.

34:05

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Nathan Baker.

34:02

Attempt blocked. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James McCarthy.

31:27

Attempt blocked. Ross Barkley (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

30:37

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

29:03

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Aleksandar Tonev.

29:00

Ross Barkley (Everton) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

28:39

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:39

Foul by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa).

25:59

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross.

24:25

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Tonev (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

24:22

Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

24:00

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

22:44

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:44

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

22:35

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aleksandar Tonev.

19:57

Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

19:57

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:20

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

18:20

Foul by Antonio Luna (Aston Villa).

17:12

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:12

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

16:07

Attempt blocked. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Westwood with a cross.

15:37

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Leighton Baines.

15:35

Attempt blocked. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ron Vlaar.

12:02

Offside, Aston Villa. Fabian Delph tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Tonev is caught offside.

9:22

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:22

Foul by Aleksandar Tonev (Aston Villa).

7:46

Offside, Aston Villa. Leandro Bacuna tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.

7:26

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Tim Howard.

7:18

Penalty saved! Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the top left corner.

6:35

Penalty conceded by Seamus Coleman (Everton) after a foul in the penalty area.

6:35

Penalty Aston Villa. Christian Benteke draws a foul in the penalty area.

5:04

Attempt blocked. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

3:47

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:47

Foul by Fabian Delph (Aston Villa).

3:23

Phil Jagielka (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:23

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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