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Everton 0-1 Aston Villa: Emiliano Buendia header earns win for visitors

By Phil McNultyChief football writer
Emiliano Buendia's goal against Everton
Emiliano Buendia's header just before the break was the Argentine's second Aston Villa goal since his summer move from Norwich

Duncan Ferguson's second reign as Everton caretaker manager started with a defeat against Aston Villa at Goodison Park.

The Scotsman stepped in following the sacking of Rafael Benitez but the move did not immediately produce the desired response as Emiliano Buendia's header in first-half added time settled a scrappy encounter.

Villa's victory was particularly sweet for former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard as well as ex-Everton defender Lucas Digne, who provided the corner for Buendia's winner.

The goal was followed by disgraceful scenes as celebrating Villa players were struck by objects thrown from the crowd.

Everton will feel their second-half pressure, based on an aerial bombardment, should have brought some reward as Dominic Calvert-Lewin turned Anthony Gordon's cross over from close range and Ben Godfrey's header was scrambled off the line by a combination of Tyrone Mings and keeper Emiliano Martinez.

It leaves Everton with only six points from their last 42, searching for a new manager, and sitting uncomfortably close to the relegation zone of the Premier League.

Where now for Everton?

Everton 0-1 Aston Villa: We need a result 'very soon' - Ferguson

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright were banking on a 'bounce' from the appointment of Ferguson in order to revive a season sliding into danger and which resulted in Benitez's sacking.

It did not work on a flat afternoon at Goodison Park, which ended with fans staying behind on the Gwladys Street End chanting "sack the board" and waving banners of protest.

A plane also flew overhead before kick-off demanding the removal of Kenwright, who was also a target for abusive chants after the final whistle.

This is a genuine crisis for Everton as they not only face a relegation battle but must also make yet another decisive decision on their next manager.

Even the atmosphere inside Goodison Park was not lifted for long by the talismanic Ferguson's presence on the touchline, with Everton failing to produce a shot in the first half.

It was a grim spectacle, outlining exactly why Everton's one win in 14 league games has led to growing unrest among the fan base.

Everton improved after the break and threatened an equaliser but the danger was based largely on a succession of long balls rather than any guile, although Demarai Gray and substitute Anthony Gordon did their best to provide creativity.

However Everton came up short and once more face a pivotal moment, one they cannot afford to get wrong again.

Villa dig deep for victory

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This was a Villa victory based more on sweat than quality, but manager Gerrard will be no less delighted for that.

In a tight first half, any danger was produced by Villa and it was fitting that Buendia's angled header from a corner gave them the lead as the Argentine was the game's most dangerous player at that stage.

Villa were presented with a different challenge after the break as Everton turned up the tempo and the pressure, hoping the height provided by Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, Mina and Godfrey might make a difference.

The visitors lived dangerously at times but it was a backs-to-the-wall effort that yielded three points as their defenders put bodies on the line to secure an important victory.

Buendia's excellence was the perfect response to those who felt he might be forced out by the arrival of Philippe Coutinho, who understandably tired as he adjusts to life back in the Premier League.

Player of the match

BuendíaEmiliano Buendía

with an average of 8.10

Everton

  1. Squad number24Player nameGordon
    Average rating

    5.32

  2. Squad number1Player namePickford
    Average rating

    4.82

  3. Squad number11Player nameGray
    Average rating

    4.79

  4. Squad number22Player nameGodfrey
    Average rating

    4.48

  5. Squad number16Player nameDoucouré
    Average rating

    4.38

  6. Squad number13Player nameMina
    Average rating

    4.34

  7. Squad number6Player nameAllan
    Average rating

    4.33

  8. Squad number7Player nameRicharlison
    Average rating

    4.27

  9. Squad number14Player nameTownsend
    Average rating

    4.23

  10. Squad number9Player nameCalvert-Lewin
    Average rating

    4.20

  11. Squad number62Player nameOnyango
    Average rating

    4.15

  12. Squad number2Player nameKenny
    Average rating

    4.08

  13. Squad number4Player nameHolgate
    Average rating

    4.01

  14. Squad number21Player nameAndré Gomes
    Average rating

    3.93

Aston Villa

  1. Squad number10Player nameBuendía
    Average rating

    8.10

  2. Squad number5Player nameMings
    Average rating

    7.65

  3. Squad number27Player nameDigne
    Average rating

    7.65

  4. Squad number2Player nameCash
    Average rating

    7.65

  5. Squad number7Player nameMcGinn
    Average rating

    7.59

  6. Squad number1Player nameMartínez
    Average rating

    7.57

  7. Squad number4Player nameKonsa
    Average rating

    7.52

  8. Squad number23Player namePhilippe Coutinho
    Average rating

    7.50

  9. Squad number41Player nameJ Ramsey
    Average rating

    7.49

  10. Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz
    Average rating

    7.49

  11. Squad number11Player nameWatkins
    Average rating

    7.32

  12. Squad number33Player nameChukwuemeka
    Average rating

    6.52

  13. Squad number20Player nameIngs
    Average rating

    6.44

  14. Squad number30Player nameHause
    Average rating

    6.33

Line-ups

Everton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pickford
  • 2Kenny
  • 13MinaBooked at 58mins
  • 4Holgate
  • 22GodfreyBooked at 83mins
  • 14TownsendSubstituted forGordonat 56'minutes
  • 16DoucouréSubstituted forOnyangoat 65'minutes
  • 21André GomesBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAllanat 51'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 11Gray
  • 7Richarlison
  • 9Calvert-LewinBooked at 50mins

Substitutes

  • 5Keane
  • 6Allan
  • 15Begovic
  • 23Coleman
  • 24Gordon
  • 25Gbamin
  • 33Rondón
  • 61Dobbin
  • 62Onyango

Aston Villa

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1MartínezBooked at 68mins
  • 2CashBooked at 75mins
  • 4Konsa
  • 5MingsBooked at 86mins
  • 27Digne
  • 7McGinn
  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 41J Ramsey
  • 10BuendíaSubstituted forHauseat 90+1'minutes
  • 11WatkinsSubstituted forIngsat 79'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 23CoutinhoSubstituted forChukwuemekaat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Targett
  • 8Sanson
  • 18Young
  • 20Ings
  • 25Olsen
  • 29Hayden
  • 30Hause
  • 33Chukwuemeka
  • 47Iroegbunam
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
38,203

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Everton 0, Aston Villa 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Everton 0, Aston Villa 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Lucas Digne.

  4. Booking

    Danny Ings (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Danny Ings (Aston Villa).

  6. Post update

    Mason Holgate (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Kortney Hause replaces Emiliano Buendía.

  10. Post update

    Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Anthony Gordon (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Booking

    Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Danny Ings (Aston Villa).

  18. Post update

    Mason Holgate (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Booking

    Ben Godfrey (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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