Fellaini scores again as Everton beats Villa 3-1

Fellaini scores again as Everton beats Villa 3-1

Published Aug. 25, 2012 8:21 p.m. ET

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 Paul Lambert.

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 Toffees' opener.

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 from Pienaar.

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.