Duncan Ferguson starts with defeat as Everton collapse continues with Villa defeat
Everton were unable to stop their slump in Duncan Ferguson’s opener in his second spell as caretaker manager as Aston Villa sealed a 1-0 win at Goodison Park to move into the first half of the Premier League.
Both teams were fired up in the first half with solid challenges but Steven Gerrard’s side had the better of a chance and eventually took the lead just before the break through Emi Buendia.
A corner was whipped in by Lucas Digne, and the Argentine superbly managed to create a yard with a quick run from the goal line just outside the near post, before glancing loopingly over Jordan Pickford and Andros Townsend on the goal line. at the bottom of the net.
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However, the second half fell more in Everton’s favor as Duncan Ferguson’s side created plenty of chances, especially from crosses, but were unable to seize their chances.
Villa finally held on to extend their unbeaten run against Everton to six games and hand their opponents a 10th defeat in 13 Premier League appearances.
TALKING POINT – Encouragement for Everton despite another loss
Another defeat for Everton – their 11th league loss of the season – undermined optimistic fans after Duncan Ferguson stepped up once again to take the interim reins. However, his team showed fighting spirit and determination in the second half and that must certainly be seen as a positive.
Everton went a bit more direct in their passing this afternoon, and proved to be a real threat from wide-area crosses in the second half of the game. Anthony Gordon proved to be a game-changer in this regard, as deliveries to the substitute’s area were fair for the money.
The Toffees now enter the two-week winter break with four crucial games to wait when they return against sides around them: Brentford (H), Newcastle (A), Leeds (H) and Southampton (A). Taking some of the points from those matches could prove to be key to Everton’s season. It remains to be seen whether Duncan Ferguson will remain in charge of these.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH – Emiliano Buendia
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The small Argentinian striker produced another outstanding display for Aston Villa in that game and proved to be the winner of the game with his excellent header on the stroke of half-time – a chance that was only made possible by to his movement off the ball. to create a pocket of space.
It is now in three consecutive games in which Buendia has produced performances of the highest quality, and the 25-year-old has improved a lot under the guidance of Steven Gerrard.
Buendia took a total of four shots on goal during the match, two of which were on target. He also had three dribbles in addition to four key tackles.
Everton: Pickford 6, Kenny 6, Mina 6, Holgate 6, Godfrey 6, Townsend 6, Doucoure 7, Gomes 6, Gray 7, Richarlison 6, Calvert-Lewin 6. Subtitles: Allan 6, Gordon 7, Onyango 6.
AstonVilla: Martinez 6, Digne 8, Mings 8, Konsa 7, Cash 8, Ramsey 7, Douglas Luiz 7, McGinn 7, Coutinho 6, Watkins 7, Buendia 8. Subtitles: Chukwuemeka 6, Ings 6, Hause 6.
37′ – LUCK FOR VILLA! – How lucky for Ollie Watkins! TyroneMings cuts a long ball over the top all the way into the opposition zone, and Yerry Mina is nowhere Everton can clear. Watkins produces a great first touch but his finishing is poor and he brushes it off the far post after Jordan Pickford put him under pressure.
45+2′ – GOAL! (Emiliano Buendía) – Seconds after a Coutinho header forced a save from Pickford, the resulting corner is set up by Buendia! The Argentine manages superbly to create a yard with a quick run from the goal line just outside the near post, before looping a look at Pickford and Townsend on the goal line deep in the net!
61′ – OFFLINE! – A second corner in a row from Everton causes problems for Aston Villa and he is cleared from the line! Calvert-Lewin’s header from Anthony Gordon’s set-piece finds Ben Godfrey, but his header from just yards is headed by Tyrone Mings just over the goal line!
68′ – CHANCE FOR EVERTON! – Chances in quick succession for hosts! Gordon’s corner from the left is met at the near post by Yerry Mina, but his header is millimeters from the post!
- Everton have won just one of their last 13 league games.
- Everton have recorded 19 points in their first 20 Premier League games this season, their lowest tally at this stage since 1997-98 (17), a season when they finished 17th – their lowest Premier League result.
- Aston Villa have not lost to Everton in the Premier League since returning to the division in 2019 (W4, D2).
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