Aston Villa v Everton reaction
Goals from Steven Pienaar, Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic
saw the Toffees follow up Monday’s home win over Manchester United
Villa could only manage a late consolation from Karim El Ahmadi
as they slumped to their second defeat of the campaign.
Moyes said: “The first half, I said to the players, at times it
was as good as I’ve seen for a long time at Everton.
“We missed a few chances before we scored but we played very
“We have won two out of two. We’ve always been good finishers to
a season, and we’ve just got to make sure it doesn’t happen in
“The job is to keep us going in the right direction. If you win
two, it gets you off to an initial good start but you are judged a
bit more after 10 games.”
Moyes will look to strengthen his squad before the transfer
window closes on Friday.
He said: “I don’t think it is my strongest squad (ever). We have
just not got any injuries at the moment.
“I’ve got a bit of cover in some places but the numbers are
down. But the flexibility we’ve got in the squad with [Steven]
Naismith, Fellaini, [Leon] Osman, [Kevin] Mirallas, means we can
“But if we lost any group of numbers, we’d be struggling.
“I’d like to add to the squad if we could just to make sure
we’ve got enough bodies. If I can add a loan or something came up
which we could manage, then I would look to do it.”
Villa gave the appearance of a side which needs to be
strengthened before the transfer window closes.
Paul Lambert did not disclose his plans but admitted: “[Owner]
Randy Lerner, myself and [chief executive] Paul Faulkner will sit
and see what’s going to happen.
“If something comes available and I think it’s worthwhile, then
you can look at it.”
Villa, who won only four home games last season, were always
chasing the game after Everton’s early strikes.
Lambert said: “I was really disappointed. You can’t in any game
of football give someone a couple of goals start, particularly a
team like Everton.
“You can’t do it. The only pleasing thing was the second half –
we kept going, which was pleasing, but the horse has bolted.
“You could sense the fans’ frustration. Absolutely, you’re 3-0
down at home! You can sense it. It’s my responsibility. I take the
blame for it.
“But there’s a chance to rectify it on Tuesday [against Tranmere
in the Capital One Cup].”
To add to Villa’s misery, defender Ciaran Clark was sent off for
a professional foul on Jelavic after 58 minutes.
Lambert said: “I don’t think it was a malicious challenge. If
he’s the last man then the referee has done what he’s done. It
wasn’t a bad tackle really.”