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    Match Report: Everton 4 Aston Villa 0


    By Mollie Bennett (@molliebjourno)

    Braces from Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku fired Everton to an excellent 4-0 victory over Aston Villa.

    The Toffees were unchanged from the side that drew at Upton Park before the international break, and they controlled the game throughout.

    In the 16th minute Barkley gave his boyhood club the lead with a simple finish from a slick Everton move, which began with the ever-impressive John Stones.


    Nine minutes later Brad Guzan made an excellent save to deny Arouna Kone before the Blues doubled their lead.

    Lukaku showed every bit of his quality with a brilliant improvised header and entered the history books as the first Belgian to score 50 Premier League goals.

    The 22-year-old also joined Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen, in becoming only the fifth player to score 50 Premier League goals before the age of 23.


    Everton continued to impress and added a third, four minutes before the break through Barkley’s fifth league goal of the season.

    The Everton academy graduate fired home after a goalmouth scramble, to complete Everton’s phenomenal first-half display.

    Ten minutes into the second half, Howard had a rare moment of action as he raced out to deny Jordan Veretout.

    From then on, Everton’s one-way traffic persisted, as the superb Gerard Deulofeu, continually caused Villa problems.

    It was no surprise that the Spaniard was involved in Everton’s best move of the game, which led to the fourth goal at Goodison Park.

    Stones, Deulofeu, and Barkley exchanged slick first-time passes, and the latter fed Lukaku, who finished off a superb team move with a precise first-time finish.


    Young Brendan Galloway almost netted his first Everton goal in the 76th minute, but substitute Kevin Mirallas couldn’t get out of the away of the defender’s goal bound effort.

    Mirallas then had a chance of his own, but despite a great effort the winger’s side-foot volley flew just over the bar.

    It was an excellent team performance from the Blues, as Everton’s in-form, young attacking trio of Barkley, Deulofeu and Lukaku netted four goals, and shared two assists between them.

    Roberto Martinez summed up the excellent form of Everton’s youngsters, commenting after the game: “We have young footballers with the world at their feet.”

    The Spaniard will be hoping to build on this performance as the Blues travel to the South Coast to face Bournemouth on Saturday.

    Key stats:
    - Everton have scored 11 goals in their last three Premier League matches.

    - Romelu Lukaku has netted seven goals in his last seven league appearances.

    -  The Belgian has been directly involved in 13 goals - nine goals and four assists - in 13 PL appearances this season.

    -  Only Sergio Aguero (54) has scored more Premier League goals than Romelu Lukaku (45) since January 2013.

    - Just 13 games into the Premier League season, Ross Barkley has already been involved in more goals (nine - five goals, and four assists) than in any of his previous PL campaigns.

    - Tim Howard kept his 113th league clean sheet for the Toffees – climbing above Blues legend Ted Sager, who has 112.
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