Season | 2014-15 |
Matchday | #9 |
League Game | #8 |
Premier League Match-week | #8 |
Manager Game | #96 |
Saturday, 18 October 2014
Premier League | Away | Everton | Goodison Park | 39,505 |
Manager | Paul Lambert |
KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Anthony Taylor |
HT Score | 0-1 |
FT Score | 0-3 |
FT Result | Lost |
Last 5 Games | WLLLL |
League Position | 11th | -4 |
Line Up |
GK Brad Guzan |
LB Kieran Richardson | BOOKED | 7' |
CB Nathan Baker | SUB OFF | 26' |
CB Ron Vlaar |
RB Aly Cissokho |
RB Alan Hutton |
M Tom Cleverley |
M Ashley Westwood |
W Charles N’Zogbia | SUB OFF | 63' |
F Gabriel Agbonlahor | BOOKED | 36' |
CF Christian Benteke | SUB OFF | 81' |
CB Ciaran Clark for CB Nathan Baker | 26’ |
F Andreas Weimann for W Charles N’Zogbia | 63’ |
M Joe Cole for CF Christian Benteke | 81’ |
Unused Substitutes |
GK Shay Given
F Darren Bent
M Carlos Sánchez
RB Matt Lowton
Yellow | Kieran Richardson | 7’ |
Yellow | Gabriel Agbonlahor | 36’ |
Team Stats |
Starting XI Average Age | 27.31 |
Oldest Player | GK Brad Guzan | 30.13 |
Youngest Player | CB Nathan Baker | 23.50 |
CF Libor Kozák |
CB Philippe Senderos |
M Fabian Delph |
Loaned Out |
CF Nicklas Helenius | Aalborg BK | 9 July 2014 - 30 June 2015 |
M Yacouba Sylla | Kayseri Erciyesspor | 14 July 2014 - 30 June 2015 |
GK Jed Steer | Doncaster Rovers | 1 August 2014 - 30 October 2014 |
LB Antonio Luna | Hellas Verona | 4 August 2014 - 1 February 2015 |
W Aleksandar Tonev | Celtic | 11 August 2014 - 30 June 2015 |
D Janoi Donacien | Tranmere Rovers | 18 August 2014 - 7 January 2015 |
LB Joe Bennett | Brighton & Hove Albion | 20 August 2014 - 4 May 2015 |
M Gary Gardner | Brighton & Hove Albion | 26 August 2014 - 31 December 2014 |
M Chris Herd | Bolton Wanderers | 23 September 2014 - 9 November 2014 |
D Enda Stevens | Northampton Town | 10 October 2014 - 3 November 2014 |
Match Stats |
Possession F | 39
Possession A | 61
Shots F | 10
Shots A | 15
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 6
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 3
Fouls F | 16
Fouls A | 11
Saturday, 18 October 2014
*Ross Barkley made a sparkling return in his first game of the season as Everton strolled to victory against Aston Villa at Goodison Park.*
The 20-year-old England midfielder was back after suffering knee ligament damage just before The Toffees’ opening game at Leicester City - and responded by inspiring their most impressive Premier League win of the season.
England defender Leighton Baines was also a key man, crossing for Phil Jagielka’s first-half goal before setting up Seamus Coleman for Everton’s third that wrapped up their second league win of the season.
In between, Romelu Lukaku was the beneficiary of more good work by Barkley as he scored his third of the season with a low shot that Villa keeper Brad Guzan should have saved three minutes after the break.
Villa’s fine start to the season, which included a victory at Liverpool, is in danger of becoming a distant memory as they were outclassed in going down to their fourth straight league loss.
This was more like the Everton side who finished fifth last season, with the return of Barkley and Coleman adding an extra attacking dimension and confidence as they cruised to the win.
Manager Roberto Martinez will now hope the manner of this win can inspire a better run of results after a surprisingly poor start to the season.
The sight of Barkley running at Villa’s defence and providing subtle touches in and around the area lifted the spirits of Everton fans who have witnessed Martinez’s side make an undistinguished start after last season’s top-five finish.
And the opening goal came after a corner in the 18th minute when Barkley’s rising shot was turned away to safety in athletic fashion by Guzan.
Everton worked the corner short and there was certainly an element of novelty about how the move concluded, a right-foot cross from Baines headed in from six yards by central defender Jagielka.
Barkley almost created a second for Coleman, who saw his angled drive turned away by Guzan - and the young midfield man was at it again when Everton extended their advantage two minutes into the second half.
He showed his creativity with a neat pass into Lukaku but his low shot, while carrying some power, should not have been allowed to squirm under Guzan.
Barkley continued to run the game until he was substituted after 65 minutes, receiving a deserved standing ovation as he made way for Steven Pienaar.
Everton had barely been required to break sweat as they increased their advantage when Baines crossed from the left for full-back Coleman to turn in from close range.