Leon Bailey helped Aston Villa to one of the surprising football results of the weekend when they ran out 3-0 winners against Everton in the Premier League. The contest was a cagey affair with both sides trying to wrestle the midfield advantage. Matty Cash scored the opening goal and his first for the club with a sublime left-footed shot. He made Everton pay after Demarai Gray missed an easy chance at the other end. Bailey then came on for the hosts and added a second and third before he was withdrawn because of an injury.
Aston Villa: Martinez (6), Cash (8), Konsa (7), Tuanzebe (6), Mings (7), Targett (6), Jacob Ramsey (7), Douglas Luiz (8), McGinn (6), Ings (7), Watkins (6).
Subs: Traore (n/a), Young (6), Nakamba (6), Bailey (8).
Everton: Begovic (6), Mina (6), Godfrey (5), Keane (6), Iwobi (6), Allan (6), Doucoure (6), Digne (4), Townsend (6), Gray (6), Rondon (5).
Subs: Kenny (n/a), Andre Gomes (5), Gordon (n/a), Davies (n/a).
Man of the match: Leon Bailey.
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith: “I thought we were the better team in the first half but didn’t create as many clear-cut chances as we’d like. I felt five minutes before our goal, they were on top.” he added. “Matt Target was playing really high and I thought why not get Leon Bailey on there.”
Everton boss Rafa Benitez: “I think that we started the game quite well, we had a lot of situations on the counter in the first half and the final decision was not right.” he added. “We had a couple of chances in the second half then conceded and again soon after. We started with too many problems but the team was fighting well.”
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