Everton won at Goodison Park for the first time in the Premier League this season as they convincingly put Aston Villa to the sword. The match was notable for the welcome return of Ross Barkley, who laid on the second goal for Romelu Lukaku, while Seamus Coleman marked his own return from injury with the Blues' third. Earlier, Phil Jagielka had headed home the opening goal from Leighton Baines's cross, his third goal in four games for club and country.
Roberto Martinez says that Ross Barkley is reacting well to his return to training and is "really close" to seeing his first action of 2014-15. The 20-year-old tore a medial ligament in his knee on the eve of the season and has not featured at all during the first three months of the campaign.
Roberto Martinez has admitted that Romelu Lukaku has experienced a less-than-ideal start to life as a full-time Everton player as he battles to regain full fitness following the World Cup and a niggly toe injury. He is impressed by the Belgian's selfless attitude, though, and is confident he will regain the form he showed as a loanee at Goodison Park last season.
Roberto Martinez admits that Ross Barkley was an unlikely starter for yesterday's win over Aston Villa a week ago but that the 20 year-old showed him he was ready with the way he trained over the last few days.