• Date: Wed 14 April 2010
  • Venue: Villa Park
  • Ref: Atkinson, M
  • Attendance: 38,729
Aston Villa

Aston Villa

Agbonlahor (72)

2 - 2
Everton

Everton

Cahill (23)

Cahill (74)

Aston Villa vs Everton

Team Lineups

Aston Villa

Brad Friedel
Richard Dunne
Carlos Cuellar
Stephen Warnock (Nathan Delfouneso, 78)
James Collins
Stewart Downing
Ashley Young, A
James Milner
Stiliyan Petrov
John Carew
Gabriel Agbonlahor

Everton

Tim Howard
Leighton Baines
Johnny Heitinga (Jack Rodwell, 50)
Phil Jagielka
Sylvain Distin
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Joseph Yobo, 89)
Tim Cahill
Phil Neville
Steven Pienaar
Leon Osman
Ayegbeni Yakubu (Louis Saha, 63)

Match Report
Tim Cahill dented Aston Villa's hopes of European football next season and at the same time raised Everton's ambitions with two headed goals in a 2-2 Villa Park draw. But Martin O'Neill's side are still in the hunt as they salvaged a point with a late own goal equaliser from Phil Jagielka Cahill, who will be playing in the World Cup this summer, notched the vital goals which put Everton in the driving seat only for battling Villa to grab a worthy home point. On this occasion Villa again battled hard and Gabby Agbonlahor notched his 50th league goal of his career with a 72nd minute equaliser, only for Cahill to grab Everton's second a minute later. With Everton seemingly heading for victory Villa stormed the opposition and the luckless Jagielka headed into his own goal. Manager Martin O'Neill kept faith with the side beaten 3-0 by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, but the lack of finishing power was again clearly evident despite Agbonlahor's second-half goal. When they did get on target they were thwarted by the brilliance of Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard. As a result Everton extended their unbeaten run to seven games as they are seemingly intent on finishing the season on a high note. The early tempo was generated by Villa, Howard smartly keeping out efforts form Stewart Downing and James Milner. It was therefore something of a surprise when Everton stormed ahead in the 24th minute. Stephen Warnock conceded a foul on Leon Osman and from Leighton Baines' free-kick Cahill was given a free header to score past a transfixed Brad Friedel for his eighth goal of the season. Not for the first time at home this season Villa found themselves having to battle to get back into the game. John Carew carelessly wasted a fine chance of equalising when he sliced his shot wide from close range. The feature of Everton's play was their ability to defend in depth and the longer the game progressed the more frustrated Villa became in their quest for an equaliser. Steven Piennar and Osman were dynamos for Everton as they continued to be dangerous whenever they broke onto the attack. But Everton's hero was Howard. America's number one goalkeeper distinguished himself in the 42nd minute when he brilliantly saved Carlos Cuellar's downward header following a Milner cross. Everton suffered a setback early in the second half when John Heitinga limped off following a clash with the subdued Agbonlahor. Agbonlahor headed home Villa's equaliser from a Milner cross for his 15th goal of the season, but Everton replied immediately with Cahill heading home Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's right-wing corner. In a blistering finish Ashley Young hammered over a hard cross from the left which Jagielka could only turn into his own net.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The referee blows the whistle for full time, with Villa lucky to get a point from the game

90
Yellow Card
 

Petrov picks up a booking

90
Goal
 

Ashley Young's cross ends up on the head of Jagielka, who directs the ball into his own net

88
Substitution
 

Bilyaletdinov is replaced by Joseph Yobo

86

Dunne does well to block a shot from Saha

86

Howard comes out to collect a ball from Milner and possession remains with Everton in these dying minutes

83

Everton are quite content to play possession football now, with the Villa midfield still looking lethargic

81

Villa are running out of time to grab another goal and keep their Champions League qualification hopes alive

79

Baines sends in a decent free kick but Dunne is there to clear the ball before an Everton player can pounce

79

What a frantic few minutes in this game. That second Everton goal has knocked the wind out of Villa's sails

76
Substitution
 

Nathan Delfouneso comes on for Warnock

73
Goal
 

Cahill scores his second headed goal of the night after good work from Bilyaletdinov

73

Everton nearly go straight down the other end and score themselves but some desperate defending spoils the chance for Osman

71
Yellow Card
 

Howard picks up a booking

71
Goal
 

Agbonlahor scores with a neat little header after a stunning cross from Milner

71
Yellow Card
 

The game has been littered with fouls in the last few minutes as Milner picks up a booking

68

Everton have looked threatening on the break throughout the game and Bilyaletdinov almost creates another chance before Cuellar comes across to clear

67

The home fans are starting to vent their frustration at some sloppy play from Villa in midfield. Could be the right time for a Villa substitution

65

Saha has had a couple of decent touches since coming on and could be a real threat in this final half hour

64

Howard, who has been on top form for Everton, pulls off another save, this time from Milner's attempt

62
Substitution
 

Ayegbeni Yakubu, who has had an awful game by anyone's standards, is replaced by Louis Saha

61

Villa are struggling to get a foothold in this game and are lacking in the energy and creativity they'll need to see off such a resilient Everton side

59

Distin has made a couple of important clearances tonight and this one is no different as he clears a cross from Petrov

58

Pienaar looks like he's struggling at the moment and could have picked up an injury. David Moyes could be forced into another substitution

55

Bilyaletdinov finds himself with the ball once again at the start of this half and this time takes a shot, which is blocked by Richard Dunne

55

Everton have tried to slow the pace of the game down slightly to suit their play but a cross from Bilyaletdinov nearly catches Villa out until Stephen Warnock makes a clearance

53

Cahill stands firm in defence for Everton as he clears a cross from Downing

50

Rodwell's introduction to the game went down well with the away fans. He could be crucial for Everton as they look to hit Villa on the break as effectively as they did in the first half

49
Substitution
 

Jack Rodwell comes on to replace the injured Heitinga

47

Heitinga needs treatment after a foul by Agbonlahor. This injury has slowed the pace of these opening minutes quite considerably

46

Neither manager chose to make a substitution at half time but Martin O'Neill needs his team to fight back in this half without allowing Everton to hit on the break

Second half
 

The second half is underway

Half time
 

The referee blows the whistle for half time

43

Cahill does brilliantly to clear a Milner free kick from the right and Everton look like they'll end the half in the lead

41

Howard pulls off the save of the night so far from an attempt from Cuellar. Milner's cross to Cuellar and the headed effort itself were impressive but the save was even better

39

Carew gets himself into space and seems to shrug off a couple of Everton defenders but eventually gives away a free kick

36

Collins has been a rock for Villa so far tonight as he produces another block, this time from a Baines shot

35

You sense panic in the home crowd whenever Cahill has the ball at his feet. Collins allows the home fans to breathe a sigh of relief as he blocks a shot from the Australian star

32

Carew has seen quite a bit of the ball in and around the box but he needs to find his shooting boots. His effort from deep inside the box misses the target

31
Yellow Card
 

Goalscorer Cahill picks up a booking for a foul on Petrov

29

Agbonlahor performs his defensive duties well for Villa, clearing a ball from Baines. Everton look dangerous right now

27

Villa look for an instant reply as Carlos Cuellar bombs forward with the ball but Baines is on hand to clear the danger

24

That goal was all about the delivery, with Baines' free kick providing the perfect ball for Cahill to nod in the back of the net

23
Goal
 

Who else but Tim Cahill breaks the deadlock with an easy header from close range

20

Villa take a corner and Ashley Young looks to be about to break the deadlock but his effort from just outside the box is disappointing in the end as the ball clears the bar

19

Downing shoots towards goal but Phil Jagielka does well to block the ball for Everton

18

The pace of this game is really quite extraordinary. Gabriel Agbonlahor has been caught offside a couple of times in the last few minutes but the chances keep on coming

16

Almost straight after that chance, Stiliyan Petrov's long range effort is deflected behind for a corner. Entertaining play here

15

Villa look to be in trouble from an Everton corner as a frantic goalmouth scramble ensues. Somehow, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's shot from close range is kept out by Friedel. That was a brilliant save

13

Osman notches up another attempt on goal next to his name, this time finding space and time 20 yards out to drive the ball towards goal. Brad Friedel is equal to his effort and makes a good save

11

Howard is quickly called into action again for the away side, with Villa increasing the pressure in these last few minutes, as Milner forces a save from the Everton man

9

Carew should probably have done better from this position as his attempt from deep inside the box after a pinpoint Downing cross goes over the bar and fails to trouble Howard

7

Tim Howard does well to make a save from the energetic Stewart Downing

6

Leon Osman is the next player to attempt a shot on goal and Collins is again the man to get a solid block in. It's good to see the players unafraid to take on a chance tonight and equally good to see defenders getting in these last-ditch challenges

5

This has been a lively start to the game, which means so much to both teams. The commitment and desire of all the players is obvious from the tempo of these opening exchanges

4

John Carew gives the home fans something to cheer about with a shot, which is blocked by Sylvain Distin

2

The first effort of any real note from either team tonight flies off the boot of Johnny Heitinga. Villa's main man, James Milner, blocks the ball and prevents the attempt from troubling the Villa goal

1

Everton pile on the early pressure and win a corner, which is taken by Steven Pienaar. James Collins does well to clear the danger for Villa

Kickoff
 

Referee Martin Atkinson gets the game underway

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Villa are looking to bounce back from their FA Cup exit by improving their league form, whilst Everton will be looking to continue their decent run of form since the turn of the year