The Blue Match Review: Aston Villa 0-2 Everton

St Dom-index

Tim Howard – 9

Seamus Coleman – 6.5

Sylvain Distin – 7

Phil Jagielka – 7

Leighton Baines – 7.5

Kevin Mirallas – 7.5

Gareth Barry – 7

Ross Barkley – 6.5

James McCarthy – 7

Steven Pienaar – 7.5

Romelu Lukaku – 8

Used Subs

Leon Osman – 8

Steven Naismith – n/a

Gerard Deulofeu – n/a

Osman

Blue Match Review

Another brilliant win for the blues away from home and if we want to be getting into Europe, these away games are crucial.

Lukaku is on form and you can’t stop the man from scoring at the moment. His presence is lifting all those around him and everyone is playing well. It was good to see Ozzy pick up a goal, who I think may well struggle to get into the starting line-up when everyone is fit.

Gareth Barry is becoming the unsung hero of the team, a lot of people don’t realize how much he does for us, but the way he is appreciated by fans of all the clubs he has played for shows what a fantastic player he is. It certainly puts a question on Darron Gibson’s involvement in the team when he returns from injury.

Tim Howard was brilliant throughout, especially in the first half as he kept us in the game; saving Benteke’s penalty and then stopping two one on ones. Seamus Coleman appeared to suffer a lack of confidence after conceding a penalty for the second away match running. He didn’t look his usual self and gave the ball away far too often. Hopefully he will be back to his normal self by next Sunday.

Another who was below par was Ross Barkley, who appears to be believing his own hype. Don’t get me wrong Barkley is a brilliant player, but he is trying to do too much at the moment and losing the ball in the wrong areas of the pitch.

This result put us temporarily into third place, only for us to drop to sixth after wins for Southampton, Chelsea and Spurs. We should now be full of confidence after five wins in six matches and we will hopefully be able to pick up another 3 points against Tottenham at the weekend.

I think fifth should be our target, an aim that is becoming more realistic game by game. This is the strongest Everton team for a number of years, every single player on the bench is good enough to get into the first team and hopefully this will mean players will be playing for positions and therefore lift their performances as a result.

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