It’s a deserved win for Aston Villa then, who managed to survive the last quarter of Everton pressure.
The home side didn’t offer much apart from long punts into the penalty area.
And can’t have too many complaints about the result today.
Buendia’s flicked near-post header off Digne’s corner late into first-half injury time is the difference between the two sides today.
EVERTON (4-4-2): Jordan Pickford;
Ben Godfrey, Yerry Mina, Mason Holgate, Jonjoe Kenny;
Abdoulaye Doucoure, Andre Gomes, Demarai Gray, Andros Townsend;
Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
SUBS: Lewis Dobbin, Michael Keane, Jean-Philippe Gbamin,
Tyler Onyango, Asmir Begovic, Seamus Coleman, Allan,
Salomon Rondon, Anthony Gordon.
ASTON VILLA (4-3-3): Emiliano Martinez;
Matthew Cash, Ezri Konsa Ngoyo, Tyrone Mings, Lucas Digne;
Douglas Luiz, John McGinn, Jacob Ramsey;
Ollie Watkins, Philippe Coutinho, Emiliano Buendia.
SUBS: Danny Ings, Morgan Sanson, Kaine Kessler, Ashley Young,
Matt Targett, Tim Iroegbunam, Robin Olsen,
Carney Chukwuemeka, Kortney Hause.
0-1. Digne whips in a corner towards the near post, and as a result, Buendia is unmarked as he rises up and flicks it into the far corner, past Pickford’s outstretched hand.
Steve Gerrard post-match interview:
“It’s a big win for us. Really important, especially for the players.”
“It was a different style of win, a case of us having to roll our sleeves up, stand up and be counted, really put our bodies on the line.”
“It’s difficult to rehearse what came our way in the second half.”
“It was direct, it was coming regularly, and we had to fight and compete.”
“Every single person stood up to it. There are different ways to win, but one thing’s certain, if you don’t compete, especially away at Goodison, you’ll get found out.”
“We expected Duncan to throw more petrol on the fire but we played big today, That was about grit and steel.”
So, what’s next for Everton and Aston Villa?
Everton will host Brentford in the FA Cup, Meanwhile, Aston Villa will face Leeds United in the League.
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