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Louis Saha takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel. Inswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta, save made by Brad Friedel.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Mikel Arteta, save by Brad Friedel.
Louis Saha takes a shot. Richard Dunne gets a block in.
The ball is delivered by Sylvain Distin.
Marouane Fellaini concedes a free kick for a foul on James Collins. Free kick taken by James Collins.
The offside flag is raised against Ashley Young. Leighton Baines takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Seamus Coleman, Stiliyan Petrov gets a block in. Corner taken by Mikel Arteta, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, clearance by James Collins.
Mikel Arteta takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Stephen Warnock. Mikel Arteta decides to take the corner short.
The ball is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Mikel Arteta, clearance made by Marc Albrighton. Corner taken by Mikel Arteta, Phil Jagielka has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Stiliyan Petrov challenges Leighton Baines unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Mikel Arteta from the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Stiliyan Petrov results in a free kick. Stiliyan Petrov is booked. Tony Hibbert leaves the field to be replaced by Johnny Heitinga. Mikel Arteta crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Luke Young.
A cross is delivered by Steven Pienaar, Stewart Downing manages to make a clearance.
Shot by Steven Pienaar. Nigel Reo-Coker gets a block in.
A cross is delivered by Louis Saha, clearance by Marc Albrighton. Mikel Arteta takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
Stewart Downing concedes a free kick for a foul on Tony Hibbert. Tony Hibbert takes the free kick.
Ashley Young takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard. Marc Albrighton has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the target.
Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young, clearance made by Tony Hibbert.
Mikel Arteta takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Louis Saha challenges Luke Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brad Friedel takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Young on Tim Cahill. Seamus Coleman is brought on as a substitute for Jack Rodwell. Mikel Arteta takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Nigel Reo-Coker on Leighton Baines, free kick awarded. Leighton Baines takes the direct free kick.
Stephen Warnock challenges Jack Rodwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Carew goes off and Gabriel Agbonlahor comes on. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
Marc Albrighton challenges Leighton Baines unfairly and gives away a free kick. Caution for Marc Albrighton. Mikel Arteta sends in a cross, Header from close range by Jack Rodwell misses to the right of the goal.
A cross is delivered by Mikel Arteta, Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
Corner taken short by Mikel Arteta.
James Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tim Cahill. The referee cautions James Collins for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
John Carew takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard. Ashley Young takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
Louis Saha takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines, John Carew makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Tony Hibbert, clearance made by James Collins. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, save made by Brad Friedel.
Leighton Baines challenges Marc Albrighton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stewart Downing. (Everton) makes a substitution, with Louis Saha coming on for Jermaine Beckford.
Steven Pienaar fouled by Ashley Young, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.
Ashley Young delivers the ball, save by Tim Howard.
Leighton Baines produces a cross, Headed effort from inside the box by Marouane Fellaini misses to the right of the target.
The ball is crossed by Jermaine Beckford, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
Marc Albrighton crosses the ball, Sylvain Distin makes a clearance.
Ashley Young has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
The offside flag is raised against Ashley Young. Free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
Centre by Marc Albrighton, Headed effort from deep inside the area by John Carew misses to the left of the goal.
Ashley Young takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
Tim Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov. Ashley Young restarts play with the free kick.
Ashley Young takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Phil Jagielka manages to make a clearance.
Jack Rodwell sends in a cross.
James Collins produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
Marc Albrighton takes a shot. Marouane Fellaini gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing from the right by-line, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.
Stewart Downing crosses the ball, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.
Unfair challenge on Marc Albrighton by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick. Stewart Downing takes the free kick.
Steven Pienaar challenges John Carew unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luke Young restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mikel Arteta, clearance made by James Collins.
Stiliyan Petrov concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Pienaar. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
Corner taken by Mikel Arteta.
Corner taken by Mikel Arteta, Stiliyan Petrov makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Mikel Arteta, James Collins makes a clearance. Marouane Fellaini challenges James Collins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.
Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Blocked by Luke Young.
Short corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line.
Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
Stiliyan Petrov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Beckford. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.
Leighton Baines produces a cross, Header by Marouane Fellaini from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Foul by Tim Cahill on Stephen Warnock, free kick awarded. Brad Friedel restarts play with the free kick.
Stiliyan Petrov challenges Tim Cahill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
John Carew gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta. Sylvain Distin takes the direct free kick.
Steven Pienaar concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Young. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
Shot from just outside the area by Jermaine Beckford misses to the right of the target.
Effort from 18 yards by Steven Pienaar.
Shot by Tim Cahill.
A cross is delivered by Leighton Baines, clearance by James Collins.
Shot from just outside the area by Stiliyan Petrov goes over the bar.
Ashley Young sends in a cross, Marouane Fellaini manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Phil Jagielka. Nigel Reo-Coker takes a shot. Mikel Arteta gets a block in.
Leighton Baines is adjudged to have handled the ball. Ashley Young takes the free kick.
Richard Dunne concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Beckford. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mikel Arteta, Nigel Reo-Coker manages to make a clearance.
Richard Dunne concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Beckford. The referee shows Richard Dunne a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Mikel Arteta produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Brad Friedel.
Stewart Downing produces a cross.
Luke Young fires in a goal from just inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Aston Villa 1-0 Everton.Ashley Young provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Young on Mikel Arteta. Phil Jagielka takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Ashley Young.
Unfair challenge on Tim Cahill by Stiliyan Petrov results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
John Carew concedes a free kick for a foul on Marouane Fellaini. Sylvain Distin restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Warnock by Jack Rodwell. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Tim Cahill by Stewart Downing results in a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.
The match has kicked off.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
The second half kicks off.
The match has reached full-time.
Agbonlahor worry for Villa
Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor is battling to be fit for the home Barclays Premier League clash with Everton.
Agbonlahor suffered what was described as "tight calves" during the Europa League exit at the hands of Rapid Vienna and was substituted in the hope of avoiding a lengthy lay-off.
Fellow forward John Carew's fitness will also be assessed after he missed the 3-2 reversal with an ongoing knee problem along with defender Richard Dunne (back).
Left-back Stephen Warnock and midfielder Stewart Downing will come back into the equation after being rested.
Villa caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald expects a new manager to be appointed by owner Randy Lerner in time for the clash at Stoke on September 13.
MacDonald will decide by Monday whether he wants to be considered for the post on a full-time basis as Ronald Koeman has declared his interest in the post.
The former Liverpool midfielder will be in charge for the Everton game as Villa look to bounce back from their Europa League exit at the hands of Rapid Vienna.
MacDonald said: "I have been in contact for a lot of the time with Mr Lerner. He's been very supportive of what's gone on.
"They have obviously been to watch the team play. To be fair, it's probably a bit both ways about the timescale.
"It's probably not nice for the fans but it's been difficult for them.
"You've got to remember it's difficult for myself and Mr Lerner. We are short staffed and there's everything going on that we are trying to sort out.
"My impression is, if I wish to be considered, they will do one or two interviews, if I was to be one of the names on the shortlist.
"They'd be hoping to get a new manager in before the league game against Stoke."
Captain Phil Neville is again doubtful with a foot injury as Everton prepare to Aston Villa.
Neville missed last week's draw with Wolves and the midweek Carling Cup thrashing of Huddersfield with the problem.
Forward Victor Anichebe is still sidelined with a knee problem while defender Joseph Yobo is also unlikely to be available due to a thigh strain. Yakubu missed the Huddersfield match through illness but has also had a knock in training and could miss out.
Everton boss David Moyes fears defending is a dying art in England but is determined to ensure it remains well practised at Goodison Park.
The new Barclays Premier League season has got off to an explosive, goal-laden start and a remarkable 38 were scored in last weekend's second round of matches.
Eighteen of those came in three games as Chelsea, Newcastle and Arsenal all recorded 6-0 victories.
It has made for exciting viewing but Moyes, a defender in his playing days with Dunfermline and Preston, is not about to abandon his pragmatic approach.
The Scot said: "I think the defending probably is getting a bit poorer at times.
"Defending is an art we are getting away from a bit. It is something we need to get back to because you build yourselves on teams who don't concede goals.
"I would prefer a 1-0, as a coach that's what you do. But I think football in Britain is changing as a whole. There is a different style, a more European style to the games being played.
"There is not as much crash, bang, wallop because I think with the European players and coaches coming into the teams, there is a change.
"There will always be an ingrained hard-working, industrial British style but I see a bit of change."
Young cracker kills off Everton
Luke Young scored his first goal for nearly two years to earn Aston Villa a 1-0 victory over Everton and boost caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald's chances of becoming Martin O'Neill's successor.
The former England defender, who rejected a move to Liverpool earlier this month, dealt a blow to the other side of Merseyside with his ninth-minute winner.
It was Villa's second league win under MacDonald as they bounced back from their Europa League exit at the hands of Rapid Vienna.
Villa had leaked nine goals in their previous two matches, including a 6-0 mauling by Newcastle at St James' Park.
But they managed to hold on for a clean sheet despite being on the defensive for lengthy periods.
Everton dominated for lengthy spells in terms of possession with Mikel Arteta pulling the strings in the middle of the park.
But they lacked a cutting edge until Louis Saha was brought on early in the second period.
It means Everton are still searching for their first win of the campaign and have collected only one point from a possible nine.
Ashley Young posed the biggest threat for Villa while Nigel Reo-Coker - a late replacement for Stephen Ireland after he was injured in the warm-up - made his presence felt in midfield.
The visitors, searching for their first league win of the campaign, started the brighter of the two teams.
But after nine minutes Villa took the lead through Luke Young's second goal for the club since his move from Middlesbrough in the summer of 2008.
John Carew headed the ball into the path of Ashley Young who held the ball up before releasing Luke Young. He kept his nerve before driving a left-footed shot wide of Tim Howard.
Everton tried to retaliate and Dunne was booked for body checking Jermaine Beckford 25 yards from the Villa goal.
Arteta curled the free-kick over the defensive wall although Brad Friedel made a comfortable enough save.
But the veteran keeper was beaten in the 18th minute by Pienaar's curling effort from the edge of the box which crashed against the crossbar.
Marouane Fellaini got on the end of a hanging centre from Baines but his header lacked direction or power.
Everton recovered well from their setback and started to enjoy the lion's share of possession with Baines and Hibbert getting forward to good effect.
Everton forced six corners by the half-hour mark compared to Villa's one.
Marc Albrighton tried his luck from 20 yards out and his shot cannoned off Sylvain Distin for a corner.
Villa appealed in vain for a penalty in injury-time after a challenge from behind on Albrighton by Pienaar following a darting run.
Villa began the second half in a more positive vein and Carew was not far off target with a glancing header from Ashley Young's right-wing cross.
Ashley Young then made a probing run forward in a quickfire counter-attack before striking his 20-yard effort just past the post.
David Moyes made his first substitution after 56 minutes with the ineffective Beckford replaced by Saha.
Tim Howard made a fine double save to keep out Carew's cross shot and the follow-up attempt from Ashley Young.
At the other end Friedel also excelled to keep out Saha's volley while Jack Rodwell's header flashed wide from a Arteta free-kick.
Collins and Albrighton were booked in quick succession for fouls on Cahill and Baines respectively.
Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor came on in place of Carew after 68 minutes while Rodwell made way for Seamus Coleman two minutes later.
Albrighton should have made it 2-0 but shot over with the goal at his mercy after Howard had parried Ashley Young's shot.
Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov was yellow carded for a challenge on Pienaar and Moyes brought off Hibbert for John Heitinga with 10 minutes remaining.
Phil Jagielka headed over from Arteta's corner as Villa held on desperately in the closing stages.
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