RJ DEMELLO - Sunday, October 19, 2014
Tim Howard came on top in the battle of the American goalkeepers, while Geoff Cameron returned to the field after missing time due to an injury.
Everton 3 - 0 Aston Villa
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa continue to slide down the table, never really putting up much of a fight in the team's loss to Howard and Everton.
Both goalies started and played 90 minutes in the match, with Howard making two saves and Guzan making three.
The match never seemed in doubt for Everton and the club rightfully took the lead in the 18th minute as Leighton Baines crossed in to meet Phil Jagielka who headed home from close range.
Things opened up further for the Toffees in the second half, with much of the thanks on the team's second goal going to Guzan.
In the 48th minute Lukaku hit a shot from just inside the box that should have been saved by the former Chivas USA man. Instead the ball slipped through under his left arm and trickled over the line to double the Everton lead.
Seamus Coleman put the game beyond reasonable doubt with a much too easy close-range finish from a low Baines cross in the 76th minute.
Villa now sits in 12th place in the table, still with 10 points now eight games into the season. The Birmingham club will now finally get a break after a treacherous part of the schedule that saw the team face the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Everton away. Up next is a Monday trip to face bottom club Queens Park Rangers.
With the win Everton climb to 13th in the league with nine points from eight. Thursday sees the club face Lille in the Europa league, before a Sunday league fixture away to Burnley.
Geoff Cameron came off the bench, played 28 minutes, and was involved in the buildup to Stoke's second goal in the club's 2-1 win over Swansea City.
Zak Whitbread started, played 90 minutes, and received a yellow card in Derby County's 3-0 win over Reading.
Eric Lichaj started and played 45 minutes in Nottingham Forest's 2-1 loss to Cardiff on Saturday.
Tim Ream came off of the bench and played 11 minutes in Bolton's 1-0 win over Birmingham City.
Emerson Hyndman made the bench but didn't play in Fulham's 1-0 victory over high-flying Norwich.
Jozy Altidore didn't make the bench for Sunderland as the team fell to Southampton 8-0 at St Mary's on Saturday.
Brek Shea was left out of the match-day squad for Birmingham City as the club ended up losing to Bolton 1-0.
Will Packwood also missed out on the 18 for Birmingham in the clubs loss to Bolton.
Jonathan Spector makes in three yanks at Birmingham not in the team for the Bolton match; however the defender missed out on the game due to injury.
Brad Friedel once again wasn't in the 18 for Tottenham's 4-1 loss to Manchester City.
Danny Williams is nearing fitness but remains out for Reading, thus missing the team's 3-0 loss to Derby at the weekend.