Everton hoped to build on from the victory over Watford the previous weekend with their trip to newly-promoted Aston Villa, who had lost their last 20 matches in the Premier League. However, things did not go as planned.

Once more Everton started the game on top but failed to carve out any decent chance to threaten Tom Heaton in the Aston Villa goal. Then on 23 minutes, Aston Villa midfielder Jota played a piercing pass that caught out Yerry Mina and forward Wesley was able to get ahead of Michael Keane and scored with a tidy finish that rolled beyond Pickford into the bottom corner.

A few minutes after the Villains took the lead, Everton created their best chance of the match when Seamus Coleman was played in and allowed to reach the by-line before hooking a cross back for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who was in acres of space in the penalty area, but the young striker could not direct his shot past the defenders on the line and the ball was cleared.

Everton then spent the rest of the match constructing feeble chance after feeble chance. Theo Walcott, Moise Kean and debutant Alex Iwobi were all brought on to try and make something happen and although Iwobi hit the post and Walcott blazed a golden opportunity over the bar, it was no use and with a minute of added time to go, the Midlanders broke out on a counter attack and substitute Anwar El Ghazi doubled Aston Villa’s lead and secured them all three points in an immensely frustrating game for Everton.

23rd August 2019 – Premier League

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