Everton 2-1 Aston Villa Highlights
Kevin Mirallas struck a superb free-kick to earn Everton a late victory over Aston Villa to move them into fifth position in the Premier League.
The 25-yard strike broke Villa’s resistance after the visitors defended Leandro Bacuna’s first-half goal.
Everton improved their tempo in the second half and levelled when substitute Steven Naismith steered in.
And when Mirallas scored five minutes from time, it put a positive slant on the week following defeat by Liverpool.
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Venue: Goodison Park
Date: Saturday, 1 February, 2014
0-1 Bacuna 34′
1-1 Naismith 74′
2-1 Mirallas 85′
This is the most-played fixture in the English top flight. Both sides have 72 wins from the previous 197 league meetings.
Everton are unbeaten in the last three encounters, winning twice. Prior to that they had failed to record a victory in 12 league games against Villa.
Seven of the last 10 league meetings have been drawn.
The 4-0 defeat at Liverpool was Everton’s heaviest loss in the Premier League since Arsenal won 6-1 at Goodison Park on 15 August 2009.
Everton’s tally of nine Premier League clean sheets is bettered only by Arsenal and West Ham (10).
However, the Toffees have kept only one shut-out in their last nine top-flight matches.
Everton have won two of six league games (D2, L2) since Christmas Day.
Leon Osman has scored more Premier League goals against Aston Villa (six) than any other opponent.
The Toffees are chasing a 300th Premier League win – a landmark Villa reached on Wednesday.
Paul Lambert’s side have lost just three of their 11 away league games this season.
Villa have conceded exactly two goals in five of their last six Premier League away games. The exception was their 1-0 win at Sunderland on New Year’s Day.
Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored more Premier League goals against Everton (seven) than any other opponent.