Everton 3-0 Aston Villa

Ross Barkley completed 65 minutes following a lengthy layoff as Everton strolled to a comfortable victory against Aston Villa.

England international Barkley tore his knee ligaments in a training session earlier this season that had ruled him out since August.

Phil Jagielka, Romelu Lukaku and Seamus Coleman all scored as Villa conceded their 11th consecutive goal without scoring.

Christian Benteke made his first start of the season and had a goal disallowed in the second half.

It was a comfortable afternoon for Everton who secured their first home win of the season.

Leighton Baines provided two assists as The Toffees returned to form following a poor start to the season.

Villa have now reached the end of their horrific run of fixtures that has seen them face last season’s top five.

Everton took the lead in the 17th minute as Jagielka headed home a whipped in cross by Baines from six yards out.

Nathan Baker limped off after blocking a Steven Naismith shot and was replaced by Ciaran Clark.

Alan Hutton almost equalised moments later with a curled left-footed shot from 25 yards but it flew narrowly wide.

Lukaku extended Everton’s lead as Brad Guzan let the Belgian’s tame strike slip under his body and into the back of the net.

Benteke then had an effort disallowed for shoving Antolin Alacaraz in the back before putting the ball past Tim Howard.

Seamus Coleman added a third after a good ball into the box from Baines.


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