Excellent Everton destroy pitiful Villa

A great win which puts us into seventh place as we march on to Bournemouth.

Paul Traill 21/11/2015 15comments  |  Jump to last
Everton 4 - 0 Aston Villa

It seemed like quite a while since the last home game, and after giving my boss a hand moving some furniture in the morning, I was happy to drive on to the game, picking up Ste on the way and meeting Gary and Sue in the pub. We watched Manchester United snatch a very late winner in the game having just thrown away a goal lead. "That's the Man United of old" said Gary as they forced the ball in to win the game. It sure was.

There were no surprises with the team at all. Prior to the team news we had debated the options at left back in some depth with Galloway something of a doubt though we need not have worried as Galloway was passed fit.

We walked on to Goodison Park, everybody in winter attire, and were in our seats well in time for the clubs to pay tribute to those whom perished in the awful scenes in Paris last week, with the French national anthem, "La Marseillaise" booming out around the ground. It was nice to see quite a few French flags dotted around the stadium, particularly so in the away end in support of their French manager Remi Garde.

Michael Oliver got proceedings under way with Everton attacking towards the Park End in the first half. The first 15 minutes were quite the bore with Everton passing the ball around and wearing Aston Villa down. In contrast, Aston Villa were out to defend and didn't pass half way. Our patience with the ball finally told when Brad Guzan did well to save Gerard Deulofeu's drive, but he could only palm it as far as Barkley who just about stroked the ball home inside the post despite having the whole goal to aim at.

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The goal seemed to galvanise Ross and Everton stepped it up a gear or two, whilst adding another goal or two. More great work by Deulofeu eventually resulted in Coleman doing well to dig out a good cross for Romelu Lukaku who headed the ball in; and just before the break Ross Barkley added his second and Everton's third, slamming the ball in after woeful Aston Villa defending presented him with a chance. Everton outstanding. Aston Villa completely absent.

We spent the last few minutes of the half discussing quite how pitifully Aston Villa were performing. To see a big club like that rock bottom and playing so poorly is a real shame. We were aghast at their display. One thing you can pretty much bank on when teams come to Goodison is their pressurising us at goal kicks as it's obvious we'll want to play it short. Quite why they instead camped in their own half allowing Howard, Stone and Fumes Mori pass the ball around and build an attack I just don't know. A really poor effort from the Villans and we took full advantage with Lukaku grabbing his second goal after a delightful through ball from Ross Barkley.

We could have scored more with any of several opportunities but 4-0 was more than adequate. For all that Aston Villa were bad, Everton were excellent, about as well as we've performed under Roberto Martinez. With Deulofeu and Lukaku in the team we'll nearly always score at least one goal per game. Kevin Mirallas reminded us of just what he can do also with an impressive cameo from the substitutes bench.

A great win which puts us into seventh place as we march on to Bournemouth. Let's hope we can keep on climbing.

Player Ratings:
Howard: Won't get many easier afternoons than that but the clean sheet will have pleased him. 7
Galloway: Coped fine and would have gotten his first Everton goal had Mirallas not got in his way. 7
Funes Mori: Made a few errors and doesn't win enough of his headers for me. Has made a steady start to his Everton career but there is definitely room for improvement. 6
Stones: Marshalled the defence well and classy on the ball as always. 8
Coleman: Not at his enterprising best but had a decent game. 7
McCarthy: Worked tirelessly throughout and won his midfield battles. His best performance for some time. 8
Barry: Solid and dependable. 8
Kone: Did some good things and worked quite hard. He's good at tracking back, winning the ball back and starting attacks. A good trait to have. 7
Deulofeu: Every time he gets the ball you expect something to happen...and it often does. It's hard to tell how long he will be with us but we should enjoy every minute as he's playing quite brilliantly. My man of the match. 8
Barkley: He really kicked on after his first goal and had a very positive game. Was taken off before he had the opportunity of a hat-trick. 8
Lukaku: Dominated his centre backs and two goals. You can't ask for more than that. 8

(for Deulofeu): Had a very good 20 minutes in what was a good game to come in to. The only thing missing was a goal. He's looking hungry. I fancy him to play a decent role in the season yet. 7
Osman (for Barkley): Got involved though looked a little off the pace. 6
Gibson (for McCarthy): Don't really recall a lot of what he did so difficult to judge. 6

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Trevor Peers
1 Posted 22/11/2015 at 09:36:28
After a performance like that, there’s a distinct feeling for critics of Roberto to say 'our work here is done'.

We were superb, even given the standard of the opposition, and if we can keep consistently hitting that level of performance, the sky’s the limit.

Life isn’t that simple, however, and we must remain vigilant in our critical analysis of every game. Things are looking good though, and it's a sweet feeling to win in such style.

Your players ratings were spot-on, Paul, good report.

Jim Bennings
2 Posted 22/11/2015 at 10:37:11
A very very satisfactory afternoon. Although it’s the worst Aston Villa team in my memory, I’m impressed that we dispatched of them with such consummate ease; something you can’t say we did enough last season in games against poor sides.

There’s still the desperate need for consistency of course and the next game at Bournemouth is at present the only one we should look at; there is a niggling temptation to start glancing ahead and hoping we can be in or around the top 4 by New Year’s Day.

The big difference this season is we are not as ponderous, we are seeing the return of the Romelu Lukaku we knew in his first season, and the reason for that is simple: we are supporting him in numbers, coupled with the return of the Gerard Deulofeu and arguably most importantly the re-emergence of Arouna Kone, a vastly underrated footballer as we witnessed at Wigan.

Ross Barkley scored the kind of goals yesterday that I’d love to see him get on a regular basis, your not going to score a 25-yard belter every week but those "dirty goals" that he got yesterday can become a nice habit and they can boost his tally from 5 goals a season to 10-12 maybe even more.

It’s a crucial month ahead, I don’t really want to look ahead or get carried away but it’s a really pivotal spell coming up now.

Last year I feel it was the horrendous December and Christmas period that totally broke our spirits and summed up our season. Let's hope this year it makes rather than breaks our season.

Steve Hogan
3 Posted 22/11/2015 at 11:10:23
Interesting to see how a prolonged run in the side has produced more consistency from the mercurial Deulofeu. He’s an intelligent footballer, that’s for sure, and didn’t just hog the wing, but moved inside the channel when the time was right.

I’ve always said that pace is always needed in any team in the Premier League hoping to be successful as the massed defences of nearly all the teams coming to Goodison make them very hard to break down. Deulofeu simply has that in abundance.

A word to, for the much maligned Barry, whose positional sense in ’breaking things up’ is simply outstanding. I believe he’s 35 next birthday, so realistically his game will only deteriorate over the next 18 months... I wish he was 10 years younger?

I keep saying it about Everton, but a couple of quality additions to this team would make them a very very good side.

Onwards and upwards.

Nicholas Ryan
9 Posted 22/11/2015 at 16:24:03
Re: the Villa fans:

1. It is a criminal offence to be drunk on a coach going to a football match.
2. It is a criminal offence to consume alcohol on a coach going to a football match.
3. It is a criminal offence to have alcohol on a coach going to a football match.

So, how come I passed a coach on Priory Road, when 20 or 30 Villa fans got out, all of them absolutely plastered!!

[Section 1 Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol) Act 1985]

Les Martin
10 Posted 22/11/2015 at 16:27:55
We are now playing to our strengths using the very pacey players we have, to a centre-forward who can score 20+ goals a season with support and service.

We need to keep working on the right balance to the team and stay sharp in defence with the crosses; if we do this, we can be as good if not better than anyone in the Premier League.

I feel we are only just starting to see the true side as it is morphing into something very special.

Terry White
12 Posted 22/11/2015 at 19:19:32
Paul, Gibson was not on too long but his diagonal ball for Mirallas to volley over was magnificent. When it comes to passing the ball forward from midfield, he is our best by far.
Des Farren
13 Posted 22/11/2015 at 19:59:06
"Our work is done but we must remain vigilant in our critical analysis."

Just a little pretentious, Trevor, but the Lone Ranger, from whom you quote, was a pompous git.

Dave Abrahams
14 Posted 22/11/2015 at 20:15:53
Nicholas (#9), if you were a Villa fan, would you watch them when you were sober!!!
Terry Downes
15 Posted 22/11/2015 at 20:42:44
Steve (#3)

One of those players we need might be Vlaar? He's the kind of center half we're missing: a big rough and tumble guy who wins most headers and gets stuck in! Any takers ??

Mike Gwyer
16 Posted 22/11/2015 at 22:24:30

Nicholas Ryan.

Re the Villa fans. If I had to watch that lot week-in, week out, I’d also go shit-faced to every game.

Terence Leong
17 Posted 23/11/2015 at 00:56:59
I agree with Terry White (#12), that Gibson wasn’t on long enough, but his peach of a long pass (not a punt, a carefully measured one), is quite something.

Until Deulofeu who have been recently showing what he can do (brilliant slide rule passes and crosses) when he releases the ball early, Gibson has been miles ahead of everyone with the vision and ability to make that kind of passes.

Deulofeu has been a revelation this season; one moment which also caught my attention was how he tussled with an Aston Villa player, stayed on his feet, and then bundled him off the pitch for the second tussle. And then he took off on a slalom, only to be stopped in the box. I’m sure that pleased many fans, who are hoping that he’s toughened up. I think he certainly has, while not losing his trickery.

He has really shown the ability to mix up his play. I’ve only watched the highlights of the game. But I’ve noticed that his decision making is much better; he plays the early pass and he goes off on the dribble.


James Wong
18 Posted 23/11/2015 at 04:10:27
Haven't seen a worse team than Villa for a long time. Their defending was comical.

I doubt Delboy is going back to sit on the Barcelona bench, he'll only go back when one of Messi, Suarez and Neymar move on.

Jeff Armstrong
19 Posted 23/11/2015 at 17:06:03
What happens if Deulofeu says "I don’t want to go back (in Spanish), I want to stay here cos it’s where I’m appreciated and where I play my best football, stuff Barcalona, I’m a blue now!"

What then Meester Enrique?

Trevor Peers
20 Posted 23/11/2015 at 17:13:49
Des #13 To put it simply, I’ll quote Tonto –:

"Justice is what I seek, Kemo Sahbe."

Michael Polley
21 Posted 23/11/2015 at 20:36:31
Outstanding performance. Deulofeu was sheer brilliance. Lukaku added to his impressive tally, and Barkley will gain in confidence with his two goals.

Bring on Bournemouth!

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