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Aston Villa 1-3 Everton

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Aston Villa fans head for the exits during the match against Everton
Aston Villa are facing a first relegation since 1987

Bottom club Aston Villa were well beaten by Everton as home supporters walked out in protest at American owner Randy Lerner.

Fans headed for the exits in the 74th minute - Villa were formed in 1874 - with their side trailing 3-0.

Ramiro Funes Mori gave Everton the lead by meeting Kevin Mirallas' corner before Aaron Lennon's close-range finish doubled their lead.

Early goal hit Villa confidence - Garde

Romelu Lukaku made it 3-0 before Rudy Gestede headed a consolation for Villa.

The result leaves the home side eight points from safety with 10 games left.

Relive all the drama from Villa Park

Reaction from Villa Park and all of Tuesday's Premier League games

Fans vent their anger at Lerner

Mathematically, Villa can still avoid a first relegation since 1987.

Yet with five of their remaining 10 games against Manchester City (away), Tottenham (home), Chelsea (home), Manchester United (away) and Arsenal (away), they have their work cut out to avoid the drop.

Graph for Rudy Gestede's goal
Rudy Gestede finished a six-man move for Aston Villa's consolation goal - which started with a pass from goalkeeper Brad Guzan

The mood inside Villa Park was ugly throughout, with fans in the sub-30,000 crowd making their feelings known towards the club's hierarchy.

Those who joined the 74th-minute protest - which will be repeated at their next two home games - missed substitute Gestede's goal from a Jordan Veretout cross.

However, it could not prevent Villa from a ninth defeat in 17 league games - and third in a row - under Remi Garde.

Analysis - BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Murphy at Villa Park

"The mood is turning ugly. The crowd are chanting 'from European nights to relegation fights - we want Lerner out'. A few fans are pointing fingers at chief executive Tom Fox in the directors' box.

"There are hundreds of fans streaming out of Villa Park. There are a lot of people who have paid a lot of money walking out. The Villa fans are voting with their feet. I haven't seen anything like this before at Villa.

Aston Villa fans vent their anger at owner Randy Lerner
Aston Villa fans call for the departure of owner Randy Lerner

"I remember the demonstrations against Doug Ellis, but he must seem a great chairman in retrospect. This is the worst team I've seen in 41 years of reporting on Villa, simple as that."

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There is renewed pressure on Roberto Martinez following the multi-million pound investment in Everton by Iranian billionaire Farhad Moshiri.

Yet if the Spaniard is feeling the heat, he did a great job disguising it, taking time to shake hands with Villa's mascot and sign autographs during the match.

His side controlled the game from start to finish, racing into a 2-0 lead as Villa left Funes Mori in space to score before Lennon fired home after being teed up by the impressive Mirallas.

Funes Mori turned provider as Lukaku's knee helped make it 3-0 and it could have been more - Bryan Oviedo had a shot cleared off the line.

There will be much tougher tests for Martinez and Everton but, having climbed above neighbours Liverpool into 10th spot, this was a highly satisfactory night for them.

Man of the match - Kevin Mirallas (Everton)

Everton's Kevin Mirallas (right) in action with Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott
Kevin Mirallas only started as Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley was ill but he was an influential figure as he provided two assists during a captivating display

What the managers said

Aston Villa boss Remi Garde: "When you prepare a plan and so early in the game you have to change it, it's very difficult. We were too fragile, we didn't take the advantage of playing at home.

"The positive sign is that we never gave up and we reduced the score. But it's difficult to keep a positive mood when you miss chances like we missed today."

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "We managed the game well - it's always difficult when you're away from home to get a real good composure but we had that. It's a performance that won't get the credit it deserves - Aston Villa had a lot of fight.

Martinez 'delighted' with Everton display

"I feel that the squad is in a very good moment - we've been very consistent the last six games. We're enjoying our football and playing with a lot of confidence."

The stats you need to know

  • No Premier League team has survived having taken 16 points or fewer from their opening 28 games.
  • Aston Villa have lost three successive Premier League games for the first time since November.
  • Everton are unbeaten in their past eight Premier League away games (W3 D5).
  • Lukaku has scored 17 Premier League goals this season, equalling his best return - in 2012-13.
  • Mirallas provided his first Premier League assist in 454 days.
  • Lennon has scored more Premier League goals this season (four) than he did in his previous two campaigns combined (three).

What's next

It does not get any easier for Villa. They face teams chasing the title in both of their next two games - visiting Manchester City on Saturday (15:00 GMT) before hosting Tottenham on 13 March.

Everton will try to make it four wins in five Premier League games when they host West Ham on Saturday (15:00 GMT).


Aston Villa

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Guzan
  • 21Hutton
  • 4Richards
  • 16Lescott
  • 6ClarkBooked at 13mins
  • 43Cissokho
  • 7BacunaBooked at 27mins
  • 8GueyeBooked at 20mins
  • 15WestwoodSubstituted forVeretoutat 71'minutes
  • 19J Ayew
  • 11AgbonlahorSubstituted forGestedeat 66'minutes


  • 5Okore
  • 9Sinclair
  • 17Veretout
  • 25Gil
  • 31Bunn
  • 38Lyden
  • 39Gestede


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Robles
  • 23ColemanSubstituted forStonesat 73'minutes
  • 6Jagielka
  • 25Funes Mori
  • 8OviedoSubstituted forBainesat 81'minutes
  • 16McCarthy
  • 18Barry
  • 12Lennon
  • 20Barkley
  • 11MirallasSubstituted forNiasseat 88'minutes
  • 10LukakuBooked at 44mins


  • 3Baines
  • 5Stones
  • 9Koné
  • 14Niasse
  • 19Deulofeu
  • 21Osman
  • 24Howard
Roger East

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamEverton
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Everton 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Everton 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Aly Cissokho.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Veretout with a cross following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Aaron Lennon.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rudy Gestede with a headed pass.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Oumar Niasse replaces Kevin Mirallas.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Ramiro Funes Mori.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Idrissa Gueye.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Leighton Baines replaces Bryan Oviedo because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

  20. Post update

    Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

4Man City26145748282047
5Man Utd27128736261044
6West Ham271110641311043
13West Brom2899102936-736
14Crystal Palace2896133137-633
20Aston Villa2837182251-2916
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