Fellaini scores again as Everton beats Villa 3-1
Marouane Fellaini scored his second goal in two Premier League
games as Everton extended its winning start to the season by
defeating Aston Villa 3-1 on Saturday.
Steven Pienaar, Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic scored first-half
goals in a disappointing first home game at Villa Park for coach
Villa defender Ciaran Clark was sent off after 58 minutes for a
foul on Jelavic.
Karim El Ahmadi scored for Villa in the 74th after a mistake by
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.
Belgium midfielder Fellaini, playing his 100th league game for
Everton, headed the winning goal against Manchester United in the
If Everton confirmed its early season promise, Lambert’s side
appear headed for a relegation battle on this performance.
Everton needed only three minutes to score with a superb strike
Steven Naismith, who was making his full debut for the Toffees,
laid the ball back into the path of the South African who curled a
20-meter shot past Shay Given into the top corner of the net.
Everton threatened every time it ventured forward and a deep
cross from Leighton Baines picked out the run of Jelavic at the
back post, but the forward sent his header wide.
An error by Given gifted Fellaini his goal after 31 minutes to
double Everton’s lead.
Phil Jagielka floated over a hopeful right-wing cross and
Fellaini’s downward header looked to be covered by Given but he
allowed the ball to wriggle from his grasp and over the line.
Everton found space at will going forward and it came as no
surprise when Jelavic made it 3-0 a minute before half time. Baines
delivered a left-wing cross and no one picked up the striker as he
drilled a near-post shot past Given.
Lambert brought on Brett Holman for Nathan Delfouneso at half
time but play followed the same pattern after the restart.
Pienaar twice carved out opportunities for Naismith and Jelavic
and only fierce blocks from Nathan Baker on both occasions
prevented Everton increasing their lead.
Villa’s goal came out of the blue when a swerving long range
effort from El Ahmadi deceived Howard who could only parry the ball
into the net.