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

in style.

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

cover things.

“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.”