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  • Agbonlahor (72), Jagielka (90 og)
  • Cahill (23), Cahill (74)
  • Date:2010-04-14
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Villa Park
  • Attendance:38729
  • Referee:Atkinson, M

Live Commentary

90mins

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

90mins

Petrov picks up a booking

90mins

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

88mins

Bilyaletdinov is replaced by Joseph Yobo

86mins

Dunne does well to block a shot from Saha

86mins

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

83mins

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

81mins

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

79mins

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

79mins

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

76mins

Nathan Delfouneso comes on for Warnock

73mins

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

73mins

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

71mins

Howard picks up a booking

71mins

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

71mins

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

68mins

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

67mins

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

65mins

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

64mins

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

62mins

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

61mins

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

59mins

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

58mins

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

55mins

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

55mins

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

53mins

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

50mins

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

49mins

Jack Rodwell comes on to replace the injured Heitinga

47mins

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

46mins

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

45mins

The second half is underway

45mins

The referee blows the whistle for half time

43mins

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

41mins

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

39mins

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

36mins

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

35mins

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

32mins

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

31mins

Goalscorer Cahill picks up a booking for a foul on Petrov

29mins

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

27mins

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

24mins

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

23mins

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

20mins

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

19mins

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

18mins

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

16mins

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

15mins

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

13mins

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

11mins

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

9mins

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

7mins

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

6mins

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

5mins

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

4mins

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

2mins

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

1mins

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

0mins

Referee Martin Atkinson gets the game underway

0mins

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

Match Preview

Martin O'Neill's Aston Villa will be looking to put their FA Cup semi-final disappointment behind them with a home win over Everton on Wednesday evening.

The Villans succumbed 3-0 at the hands of Chelsea on Saturday at Wembley and they now return to the bread and butter of the Premier League and, with a Europa League place in their sights, three points will be high on their agenda.

However, David Moyes resurgent Merseysiders have found form in recent times and they could move to within a point of their Midlands rivals if they win at Villa Park.

The Toffees have suffered a solitary loss - at Tottenham Hotspur - in their previous nine league games, winning five and drawing three of the others.

Fine victories over Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City in this sequence have significantly aided their challenge and they will be further looking to exploit a Villa side who may be moping after their humbling cup setback.

But Villa's own form is pretty exceptional and they have lost just once in 12 league games, this coming in dramatic fashion as they fell 7-1 at Chelsea.

They have been held to seven draws in this run and their inability to turn these into triumphs has all but ended their top-four challenge this term.

Villa have a full-strength squad to choose from but O'Neill may rest James Milner after he was hurt by England team-mate John Terry that brought the Blues skipper a caution at Wembley.

Mikel Arteta is struggling with a groin complaint but the visitors should be confident that their influential playmaker will make the clash, but long-term injury victims Marouane Fellaini (ankle) and Dan Gosling (cruciate ligament) remain absent.

Last season's clash between the two sides was a cracker at Villa Park and the neutral fan will be hoping for much more of the same this time around.

The contest ended in a 3-3 draw and Everton will look back with regret that they couldn't hold onto a two-goal lead on two occasions.

They stormed into a 2-0 lead thanks to Fellaini and Tim Cahill before the towering John Carew pulled one back on the half hour.


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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.

Aston Villa

Everton

Corners

77

Fouls

1110

Goal attempts

Shots off target

62

Offsides

30

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