Aston Villa v Everton reaction

The Nigeria international had come off the substitute’s bench

after a long injury lay-off to score a late winner against West

Brom at the Hawthorns a fortnight ago.

Anichebe followed that up on Saturday by cancelling out Darren

Bent’s opener for Villa just eight minutes after coming into the


Moyes said: “It was a great finish. Victor has had a terrible

couple of years with injury.

“He can be a real handful and has got a good temperament.

“We need to get him on the pitch more often because we know what

he is capable of doing.”

Moyes admitted he feared the worst when Anichebe went down

clutching his knee after falling awkwardly.

He said: “When I went down, I thought, ‘Here we go again’ after

the bad luck Victor has had. But it was only a wobble in his


“I think it was just a scare and he should be okay.”

Donovan exuded class in his second loan spell at Everton from

the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Moyes said: “I thought Landon was the best player on the pitch


“He has come over here from Galaxy, completed the full 90

minutes, and it is a testament to the professional he is.”

Donovan’s Galaxy team-mate, striker Robbie Keane, made a late

appearance for Villa in what was his debut after joining the

midlands club on loan.

Villa boss Alex McLeish said: “Robbie has not played for two or

three weeks. He has come across the big pond (from America) and

only trained for a few days.

“He is not going to be 100% after that short period and the

other strikers have done well.

“But Robbie did well when he came on and I hope he can make an


Villa ended a run of four successive home defeats and McLeish

was content with the overall performance despite allowing Everton

to salvage a share of the spoils.

He said: “With performances like that, the home wins will come.

Aston Villa fans come here expecting to win and it was an improved

showing on the performance against Swansea.

“We were concentrated and the work rate was much better.”

Bent’s seventh goal of the campaign put Villa in front early in

the second period after he was teed up by the impressive Stephen


But Anichebe timed his run perfectly to run onto a pass from

Donovan for the equaliser.