Stat Attack: All you need to know about Everton 0-1 Aston Villa

Sean Wilson
LiveScore
22/01/202213:00
Emi Buendia scored the winning goal as Aston Villa beat Everton 1-0
Emi Buendia scored the winning goal as Aston Villa beat Everton 1-0

Emi Buendia's header handed Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa a 1-0 win over Everton in the Liverpool legend's first game at Goodison Park as a manager.

The Argentina playmaker broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, flicking home from former Toffees defender Lucas Digne's corner.

Buendia celebrated in front of the home fans, who responded by throwing objects that struck Matty Cash and Digne.

Everton battled on the pitch in the second half but lacked the guile to craft an equaliser, slipping to a third successive Premier League defeat.

Villa right-back Cash claimed the victory was an important one, particularly following the ugly scenes that preceded half-time.

He said: "It was a tough game, they threw everything forward in the last 15-20 minutes and we said we had to deal with the horrible part, we picked up the three points. Massive.

"[It was] crazy, [the bottle] hit me straight in the head, it's not nice but three points, we'll take that."

Everton won the expected goals battle but failed to convert their chances against Aston Villa
Everton won the expected goals battle but failed to convert their chances against Aston Villa

Interim Everton manager Duncan Ferguson, appointed after Rafa Benitez's sacking, took the defeat hard.

He said: "I am on the floor, gutted, I was kicking every ball, trying my very best to motivate the team and get them across the line.

"I am sick for the fans, that is the main thing, I was so desperate to get a result for them.

"I feel for them, I am one of them, I have been here a long time. It is a bad moment for me.

"But I am proud of the players, they stuck at it and kept going and gave me everything.

"I can’t fault one of the players for their effort, I am just gutted about the result."

Did you know?

Everton have recorded 19 points from their first 20 Premier League games this season, their lowest total at this stage since the 1997-98 campaign (17) when they ended up 17th — their joint-lowest ever top-flight finish.

The Toffees have now conceded the first goal in each of their last nine top-flight matches, extending what is their longest such run in the competition.

Digne became the first player to assist a Premier League goal at Goodison Park against Everton having previously played for them in the competition since Nikica Jelavic for Hull in December 2014.

Villa have scored seven goals from corners in the top flight this season, with only Liverpool and West Ham (both eight) scoring more.

Only Leicester (nine) have conceded more times from corners in the competition this season than Everton (eight).

Since the start of the 2020-21 season, only Manchester City’s Ederson (31) and Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy (24) have kept more Premier League clean sheets than Emi Martinez (21).

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