As it happened: Aston Villa 2-0 Everton
Villa Park hasn't seen a Premier League home win for three and a half years
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As it happened: Aston Villa 2-0 Everton

VAVEL UK's live coverage as Aston Villa hosted Everton in the Premier League.

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Post-match: Marco Silva
"We started the game very well, that's my feeling. Since the first minute, we created some clear chances around their box. The first time they entered our box, they scored. We knew after the fast free-kick that our focus was not there, but even then when we changed to 4-4-2 we created enough chances to change the result. "We didn't deserve the result in my opinion."
Post-match: Dean Smith
“I thought the atmosphere was tremendous under the lights. It was a hard-earned win, they started very brightly but we grew into the game and always looked a threat on the break. To get that goal at the end just capped it off [...] I said yesterday [Wesley] was one behind Mo Salah - he's now level with Mo Salah. I thought he was a handful all game today.”
FT: Aston Villa 2-0 Everton
They hung on for periods of the second half but this is absolutely no less than Aston Villa deserved, who were excellent to a man. Engels and Mings proved solid, Wesley's goal and second-half hold-up play demonstrate how fickle his critics have been, while Jota and replacement El Ghazi were also excellent. This is a massive result for the hosts who, along with captain Jack Grealish, have well and truly banished their top-flight hoodoo. 

As for Everton, it simply wasn't their night. Their two major opportunities, practically carbon copies of each other, were spurned by Calvert-Lewin and Walcott but were caught out defensively on more than one occasion and in truth they lacked a cutting edge throughout. Kean and Iwobi were bright sparks and will likely feature more prominently going forward.

GOAL: Aston Villa 2-0 Everton (Anwar El Ghazi)
Signed, sealed, delivered. Villa finally have the 3 points they yearned, and it's Anwar El Ghazi who has put a gloss on the result. Brilliant hold-up play again from Wesley as he chases Neil Taylor's clearance and lays it off to John McGinn. He picks out the onrushing El Ghazi who produces an ice-cool finish under Pickford at the Holte End, no less. 1294 days later, Villa Park has finally witnessed a Premier League win again.
90+4': Aston Villa 1-0 Everton
That may be the last chance for Everton. Once more, they tap it around but Villa remain very compact and extremely organised. Walcott is found by Keane on the right and crosses for Digne who shanks it away from goal.
90': Aston Villa 1-0 Everton
Huge chance, huge miss. Kean sends over a cute clipped cross - identical to Digne's for Cavert-Lewin in the first half -  which evades everyone but falls beautifully for Theo Walcott who spoons his effort over from all of seven yards.

We'll have five minutes of stoppage-time...

85': Aston Villa 1-0 Everton
Straight down the other end, El Ghazi uses his fresh legs to bullet towards the Holte End and the Dutchman unleashes a 25-yarder which is parried away by Pickford.
82': Aston Villa 1-0 Everton
And how close they were to getting back into the match! Michael Keane heads downwards across the area from Andre Gomes' clipped pass and Alex Iwobi is there to meet it, steering a shot through the crowd and past Heaton, but not the foot of his left post. Villa hanging on a bit now.
80': Aston Villa 1-0 Everton
One of the more ridiculous yellow cards you're likely to see as Andre Gomes blocks a Villa free-kick, going into the book and wasting his own side's time to get back into the match.
78': Aston Villa 1-0 Everton
A couple of changes as Richarlison is withdrawn for Theo Walcott. Meanwhile the exceptional Jota is off for Anwar El Ghazi.
76': Aston Villa 1-0 Everton
Everton are practically camped in the Villa half and some neat interplay between Digne and Iwobi down the left allows the Frenchman to send in a teasing ball. It isn't quite headed clear before the ball is shanked back towards his own goal by Mings and Heaton dives at the feet of Richarlison to smuggle it away.
71': Aston Villa 1-0 Everton
Everton again applying the pressure as Iwobi sets himself from Digne's cutback and lets fly, but his shot is well blocked by Engels and bounces up into the arms of a grateful Tom Heaton.
69': Aston Villa 1-0 Everton
Not Andre Gomes' night as he declines the chance to shoot and instead looks for Coleman but, not for the first time this evening, can only punt the ball out of play. As Everton's chance breaks down, Wesley looks for a rare second-half break for Villa but is flagged offside.
66': Aston Villa 1-0 Everton
Subs Iwobi and Kean combine well down the left before the former Arsenal man whips in a cross which dribbles out off a Villa defender. The resulting corner is attacked by Mina, whose header is deflected a whisker wide of Heaton's left post. He wasn't getting there had it hit the target but the following corner from Digne is easily dealt with by Mings.
62': Aston Villa 1-0 Everton
Sigurdsson and Bernard make way... Kean and Iwobi on in their place. 
60': Aston Villa 1-0 Everton
Another chance as Grealish lofts in a free-kick which is headed down by an unmarked Tyrone Mings. Half-hearted shouts for handball are quickly waved away before Pickford gathers. Alex Iwobi and Moise Kean to be introduced imminently...
55': Aston Villa 1-0 Everton
Yellow for Dominic Calvert-Lewin as he slides in late on Wesley, leaving the Villa striker grounded for a moment. Lucas Digne finds Yerry Mina from a corner, but the Colombian can only direct his header over the bar.
Second Half Stats
Everton haven't come from behind at half-time to win a Premier League match since a 3-2 win in against West Brom in September 2015.

(W0 D5 L33 since).

 

Jota Peleteiro covered a distance of 5.63km - more than anyone - and had a first-half passing accuracy of 92.3%.

46': Aston Villa 1-0 Everton
No changes at the break, which is perhaps a little surprising for the Toffees, but they start the second half in a similar fashion to the first, happy to knock the ball around. Sigurdsson's slide rule pass looks to have found Calvert-Lewin on the edge of the area, but the ball clips the Everton number 9 on the back of the heel and the chance fizzles out. 
Kick Off: Aston Villa 1-0 Everton
We're back underway for the second half...
 

HALF TIME: Aston Villa 1-0 Everton
A first goal for Aston Villa's Wesley Moraes is the difference between the sides at the break. Having taken plaudits before the match, Everton's back-line has been caught napping on a few occasions but that shouldn't detract from a lively first half for the hosts, who have looked good value since scoring.
44': Aston Villa 1-0 Everton
Villa's confidence since the goal is still evident. Andre Gomes blazes a shot a mile out of play before a long ball up the other end is chased well by Trezeguet. He finds Jack Grealish on the edge of the box who bends an effort narrowly wide of the target. Three minutes of stoppage time to follow.
36': Aston Villa 1-0 Everton
Back up the other end, Guilbert is given the freedom of B6 to run at goal with the Everton defence backtracking. The maurauding full-back has options either side but decides to have a crack from 20 yards which sails harmlessly over.
32': Aston Villa 1-0 Everton
What a chance to equalise! Neil Taylor is dragged into a central area and Seamus Coleman makes full use of the space on the flank, chipping over a cross where  Sigurdsson and Calvert-Lewin are waiting, unmarked, with the latter steering a volley towards goal which is blocked superbly on the line by Björn Engels. And doesn't the Villa defender know it.
30': Aston Villa 1-0 Everton
Villa will be pleased at the opening half hour. The goal may have been against the run of play but they look buoyed since. Jota and Wesley looking particularly impressive.
24': Aston Villa 1-0 Everton
Villa looking far more dangerous now - Wesley may have had two in as many minutes as a quick free-kick catches Everton cold again and Wesley is through once more but can't finish this time as Mina slides in. 
GOAL! Aston Villa 1-0 Everton (Wesley)
Its Villa who go in front! Everton have conceded for the first time this campaign, and it's Wesley Moraes who opens his account as he is played in behind by Jota before slipping it into the far corner past Pickford.
18': Aston Villa 0-0 Everton
Villa's first real foray into Everton territory as McGinn and Grealish combine. The ball finds its way to Frédéric Guilbert who sends over a right-wing cross which Wesley can only head over.
12': Aston Villa 0-0 Everton
Everton are certainly the more comfortable and Richarlison looks sharp, going close as a long-range effort is deflected wide. Lucas Digne's volley then bounces to Michael Keane who sees his snapshot from six yards blocked. Close, but the Everton centre-back was in an offside position regardless.
10': Aston Villa 0-0 Everton
Not too much by way of action, though both of Villa's centre-backs have been in the wars. This time, Björn Engels bends to head a bouncing ball, which is promptly smashed by defensive partner Mings, whose boot has knocked Engels into a daze.
05': Aston Villa 0-0 Everton
A few early decisions for ref Michael Oliver. Frédéric Guilbert earns himself a booking for a cynical challenge on Bernard. Richarlison then plays a lovely give-and-go with Sigurdsson and makes a beeline into the area, tumbling under the challenge of Grealish. Neither the referee nor VAR see enough to give a penalty.
03': Aston Villa 0-0 Everton
Everton have perhaps started the brighter of the two, earning the first corner which is easily dealt with. Bernard swings in a cross from the follow-up which Tom Heaton manages to punch, as Tyrone Mings is clattered in the process.
KICK-OFF
Aston Villa get us underway, from left-to-right. Dominic Calvert-Lewin makes an darting run but isn't picked out.
 

Here we go...
Kick-off just two minutes away now. Tyrone Mings looks to have shaken off that tweak and does indeed start.
Mings injury concern
A little concerning for Villa as the medical team have been summoned to tend to Tyrone Mings, who has paused his warm-up and is on the turf stretching his groin. He has since gone down the tunnel early...
Confirmed line-ups
Aston Villa: Heaton, Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Taylor, Douglas Luiz, McGinn, Grealish, Jota, Trezeguet, Wesley

 

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Andre  Gomes, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin

 

Pre-match team news
Aston Villa have Kortney Hause back fit, while Jonathan Kodjia may be back for next week's trip to Crystal Palace. James Chester is still nursing a hamstring problem. Summer signings Frédéric Guilbert, Matt Targett and Marvelous Nakamba are all waiting for their competitive debuts.

For Everton, full-back Lucas Digne has overcome a thigh strain picked up at the weekend and Leighton Baines is also available. Fabian Delph will not face his former club and is out until at least next month with a pelvic injury. Morgan Schneiderlin returns after seeing out a one-match suspension.

Three points as vital as ever
However clichéd as it may sound, victory for either side is crucial, even just two games into the new campaign. A win for Marco Silva’s Everton could see them top the Premier League for the first time since August 2007, cementing a very decent start to the campaign for the Toffees, who are unbeaten in six.

As for Villa, Dean Smith and his side continue to seek their first points since returning to the top flight after three years away. They have produced two pointless, if promising, performances but will need to start turning these into points on the board - they have lost 14 of their previous 15 top-flight matches: the second-worst such run in the club's history.

Good evening
Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live text commentary as Aston Villa take on Everton in the Premier League. This is the 203rd instalment of the most played fixture in English league history, and is as significant as ever as both sides seek three points. The match is a 20:00 BST kick-off at Villa Park, but keep it here until then for team news and pre-match build-up.
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