It might not go down in the history books as a memorable feast for the eyes, but strikes from Ollie Watkins and Emi Buendia were enough to see off Everton at Goodison Park. The result also brings to a welcome end a barren spell of form, getting Villa back to winning ways.
RESULT: EVERTON 0-2 ASTON VILLA
Emery will be pleased by the outcome against a battling Dyche side, unbeaten at home since his arrival. An away win against a dogged opposition illustrates just what has been missing of late, with the Spaniard at pains to emphasise an adjustment in ‘mentality’ following last weekends defeat to Arsenal.
Villa’s defence was probably most under the microscope, especially having shipped 11 goals in just 3 games. Mings was a towering presence all afternoon, with the tireless McGinn marauding ahead in midfield. The clean sheet was hard-earned, but certainly deserved.Embed from Getty Images
Whilst it would be remiss to suggest that this was a fluid Villa performance, nor that there weren’t moments of building anxiety, Villa’s key chances were taken.
Watkins coolly converted a pressure penalty on the hour, hammering home beyond Pickford. It was the striker’s fifth goal in as many games; a first for a Villa striker in the Premier League era and not seen since Rideout in the mid 1980’s. Watkins is in fine form again and long may that continue.
Villa sealed the points through the energetic Buendia, who turned the Everton defence inside out before unleashing an unstoppable effort beyond Pickford’s near post. It was a moment of genuine quality from the club’s record signing and a fitting way to ensure victory on the road.