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October 26, 2013 3:00 PM BST
Villa Park — Birmingham
Referee:‬ A. Taylor‎
Attendance:‬ 35154‎
 
 
 
Leon Osman 81′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Aston Villa 0-2 Everton

Romelu Lukaku and Leon Osman gave the Toffees a convincing victory at Villa Park after Christian Benteke had seen his first-half penalty saved superbly by Tim Howard

By Gary Maiden at Villa Park

  • Bradley Guzan
    3
    0
    3.50

    Bradley Guzan

    Would be harsh to fault the stopper for Lukaku's goal. Had pulled off some superb reflex saves before then.

  • Nathan Baker
    3
    0
    3.00

    Nathan Baker

    A busy afternoon dealing with Everton's switching wingers. As dependable as ever. Didn't seem too interested in getting forward.

  • Ron Vlaar
    2
    0
    3.00

    Ron Vlaar

    A captain's performance. Was always likely to be in for a difficult afternoon up against Lukaku but dealt with his threat very well.

  • Luna
    3
    1
    3.50

    Luna

    Replaced with an injury just before half time. Was enjoying a fine afternoon before that with some key last-ditch blocks.

  • Leandro Bacuna
    3
    0
    2.50

    Leandro Bacuna

    A quiet afternoon. Didn't see a great deal of the ball with a lot of Villa's play coming down the left flank. Defended well when required.

  • Ashley Westwood
    1
    1
    3.00

    Ashley Westwood

    A quietly productive afternoon. Didn't often try anything too special but keeps play ticking over well. Always looking for the ball.

  • Fabian Delph
    5
    0
    3.50

    Fabian Delph

    Seems to glide across the turf when in possession and forces attacking situations. A real threat all afternoon and linked up with Agbonlahor on many occasions.

  • Alexandar Tonev
    0
    1
    2.50

    Alexandar Tonev

    Another left-sided victim with most of the Villa play coming down the right flank. Final pass often lacking.

  • Andreas Weimann
    0
    2
    2.50

    Andreas Weimann

    Should have broke the deadlock in the first half when through one-on-one with Howard. Indecisiveness cost him and was reduced to long range efforts from then.

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
    3
    0
    3.00

    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    A lively display from the former England international. Worked hard to pressure the Everton defence and proved a menace all afternoon.

  • C. Benteke
    7
    2
    2.00

    C. Benteke Flop of the Match

    Unsurprisingly, the main goal threat for Villa. Missed a penalty early on and squandered several clear cut chances. Involved in almost all attacking play but failed to do what Lukaku could and find the back of the net.

Substitutions

  • Ciaran Clark
    1
    0
    3.00

    Ciaran Clark

    Brought on to replace the injured Luna and looked assured throughout.

  • Tim Howard
    17
    0
    4.50

    Tim Howard Top of the Match

    A brilliant display of goalkeeping by the American. Produced a superb stop to keep out a Benteke penalty and pulled off several top class stops throughout.

  • Leighton Baines
    8
    1
    3.00

    Leighton Baines

    Didn't get forward as much as he would have liked but defended well when needed. Linked up with Osman well for the goal.

  • Phil Jagielka
    6
    0
    3.50

    Phil Jagielka

    Was given the unenviable task of keeping Benteke quiet and, although the Belgian saw a lot of the ball, he did his job well. Looks every inch an established international.

  • Sylvain Distin
    4
    0
    3.50

    Sylvain Distin

    Back to his best after a nervy display last week. Rarely looked troubled. Defies his advancing years.

  • James McCarthy
    7
    0
    3.50

    James McCarthy

    Seemed to be everywhere for the visitors with a real energetic display. Rarely loses the ball and looks a good signing.

  • Gareth Barry
    10
    0
    3.50

    Gareth Barry

    Enjoyed his return to his former club and capped off a productive afternoon with an assist. Experienced display.

  • Ross Barkley
    2
    4
    2.50

    Ross Barkley

    Saw his first half strike rattle the crossbar but often tried to do too much in the final third. Replaced early in the second half.

  • Steven Pienaar
    0
    0
    3.00

    Steven Pienaar

    Offered just as much energy as in his previous games for the Toffees, proving his importance to coach Martinez.

  • Seamus Coleman
    1
    0
    3.00

    Seamus Coleman

    Was at his best, as always, for Everton down the flank, playing a key role in Martinez's side's win. More is certainly to come from Coleman this season.

  • Kevin Mirallas
    2
    1
    3.00

    Kevin Mirallas

    Linked up superbly with international team-mate Lukaku, despite failing to register a goal.

  • Romelu Lukaku
    4
    0
    3.50

    Romelu Lukaku

    Was at his menacing best as he bullied the Aston Villa defence for the duration of the 90 minutes. Scored once and was lively throughout, winning this particular round in the Battle of Belgium.

Substitutions

  • Leon Osman
    1
    0
    3.50

    Leon Osman

    Worked magnificently with Lukaku and scored a sumptuous second for Everton. His contribution at Goodison Park over the years really cannot be overlooked.

  • Gerard Deulofeu
    0
    0

    Gerard Deulofeu

    Replaced Mirallas in the 90th minute.

  • Steven Naismith
    0
    0

    Steven Naismith

    Came on for Pienaar with 10 minutes to go.

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