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The ball is delivered by Landon Donovan, Shay Given makes a save.
Denis Stracqualursi fouled by James Collins, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Leighton Baines, clearance made by Alan Hutton.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johnny Heitinga by Alan Hutton. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
Marc Albrighton concedes a free kick for a foul on Landon Donovan. The referee shows Marc Albrighton a yellow card. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.
Robbie Keane takes a shot. Blocked by Johnny Heitinga.
Louis Saha goes off and Denis Stracqualursi comes on.
The ball is crossed by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Shay Given makes a save.
Victor Anichebe takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
Ciaran Clark crosses the ball, clearance by Johnny Heitinga.
Landon Donovan delivers the ball, clearance made by Ciaran Clark.
The ball is delivered by Tim Cahill, clearance made by Stiliyan Petrov.
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is brought on as a substitute for Darron Gibson.
Marc Albrighton delivers the ball, Shane Duffy makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Marc Albrighton from the right by-line, James Collins takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
Stiliyan Petrov takes a shot. Johnny Heitinga manages to make a clearance.
Robbie Keane is brought on as a substitute for Stephen Warnock. Inswinging corner taken by Marc Albrighton from the left by-line, Louis Saha makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Gabriel Agbonlahor, clearance made by Phil Neville.
The ball is swung over by Landon Donovan, save by Shay Given.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Bent by Johnny Heitinga. Free kick taken by James Collins.
The ball is delivered by Phil Neville, Alan Hutton makes a clearance.
Foul by Stephen Warnock on Victor Anichebe, free kick awarded. Landon Donovan crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Stephen Ireland.
Marc Albrighton produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Marc Albrighton sends in a cross, clearance made by Johnny Heitinga.
The ball is swung over by Marc Albrighton, Johnny Heitinga makes a clearance.
Goal scored by Victor Anichebe from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 1-1 Everton.The assist for the goal came from Landon Donovan.
Stephen Ireland takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
Short corner taken by Marc Albrighton from the left by-line.
Marc Albrighton delivers the ball, Phil Neville makes a clearance.
Darren Bent is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.
Short corner taken by Marc Albrighton.
Corner taken right-footed by Marc Albrighton from the right by-line to the near post, Alan Hutton takes a shot. Blocked by Johnny Heitinga.
Marc Albrighton crosses the ball, Landon Donovan manages to make a clearance.
Stephen Ireland fouled by Darron Gibson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Stiliyan Petrov.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Landon Donovan from the right by-line, clearance made by James Collins.
Louis Saha produces a cross, Stephen Warnock manages to make a clearance.
(Everton) makes a substitution, with Victor Anichebe coming on for Royston Drenthe.
The ball is swung over by Stephen Warnock. The ball is swung over by Stephen Warnock. The ball is crossed by Marc Albrighton, save by Tim Howard.
Alan Hutton crosses the ball.
The ball is sent over by Stephen Ireland, Darren Bent takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.
Marc Albrighton crosses the ball, Darren Bent fires in a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 1-0 Everton.The assist for the goal came from Stephen Ireland.
The ball is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor, clearance by Leighton Baines.
Tim Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ireland. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
Marc Albrighton takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Tim Howard makes a save.
A cross is delivered by Stephen Ireland, Shane Duffy makes a clearance.
Marc Albrighton takes the inswinging corner, Darren Bent takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Bent on Royston Drenthe. The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines, Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Landon Donovan, free kick awarded. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Marc Albrighton.
Landon Donovan crosses the ball, James Collins makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Royston Drenthe, Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on James Collins by Royston Drenthe results in a free kick. Marc Albrighton takes the free kick.
Gabriel Agbonlahor crosses the ball, clearance made by Johnny Heitinga.
Marc Albrighton takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Effort on goal by James Collins from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
The ball is swung over by Stephen Warnock, Header from deep inside the area by Darren Bent goes over the bar.
A cross is delivered by Leighton Baines, save made by Shay Given.
Darren Bent crosses the ball.
Corner taken left-footed by Royston Drenthe to the near post, clearance made by Darren Bent.
A cross is delivered by Landon Donovan, clearance by Ciaran Clark.
Marouane Fellaini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ireland. Marouane Fellaini is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Stephen Warnock takes the free kick.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, James Collins has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
A cross is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor, clearance by Royston Drenthe.
Phil Neville concedes a free kick for a foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.
Royston Drenthe concedes a free kick for a foul on Stiliyan Petrov. Stiliyan Petrov takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Stephen Ireland on Royston Drenthe, free kick awarded. Leighton Baines produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Phil Neville by Gabriel Agbonlahor results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Royston Drenthe from right wing, clearance by Darren Bent.
Royston Drenthe delivers the ball, Stephen Warnock takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save.
Landon Donovan fouled by Ciaran Clark, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Phil Neville.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov by Darron Gibson. Richard Dunne restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Richard Dunne by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Collins on Louis Saha. Centre by Leighton Baines, Louis Saha takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save.
A cross is delivered by Alan Hutton, Tim Howard makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Phil Neville, clearance by Richard Dunne.
Marc Albrighton takes a shot. Johnny Heitinga gets a block in.
Darren Bent is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Phil Neville.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Johnny Heitinga on Darren Bent. Stiliyan Petrov has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Tim Howard.
Foul by Stiliyan Petrov on Royston Drenthe, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Darron Gibson.
Unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov by Darron Gibson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Stiliyan Petrov.
McLeish expects Keane to inspire Villa
Boss Alex McLeish is hoping the signing of striker Robbie Keane can act as an inspiration to the other Aston Villa players ahead of the home Barclays Premier League clash with Everton.
Keane is included in the Villa squad after signing on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy until the end of February.
McLeish is refusing to reveal whether the Republic of Ireland international will start but has no doubt he will have a positive influence at Villa.
He said: "In terms of the impact Robbie will have, he will have a great effect.
"His experience and knowledge in the dressing room should be worth its weight in gold.
"In my playing career, bringing players into a club of that ilk was a case of not only looking for individuals to do well but looking for others to be inspired.
"Hopefully Robbie can push others to play their best football and I also think there's no bigger threat than someone coming in to take your place.
"I am sure the fans will enjoy seeing Robbie in a Villa jersey. We will just have to wait and see when that is.
"Robbie could make his debut but I am not going to reveal my starting line-up at the moment."
McLeish will hope Keane can help Villa put an end to a run of four successive home defeats if he is involved against the Toffees.
He said: "Desperate is a word I don't like to use but the home form certainly is something we want to put right.
"We have lost to three of the elite clubs and Swansea beat us after we got a great result at Chelsea which was a real kick in the backside.
"It's up to us. I do feel we have been punished for every little mistake at home. But the one thing we have to concentrate on is concentration.
"I feel sometimes we can have little lapses and two against Swansea cost us two goals. We have to concentrate from start to finish as we did against Stoke, Arsenal and Chelsea."
Goalkeeper Shay Given is available after a six-week lay-off with a hamstring problem but defender Carlos Cuellar (thigh) and midfielder Chris Herd (ankle) are still ruled out.
Some advice from Manchester United team-mate and former Toffees striker Wayne Rooney helped convince new Everton midfielder Darron Gibson to move to Goodison Park.
Frustration at not getting first-team chances at Old Trafford played a significant part but the 24-year-old said after speaking to the England international - and then Everton duo Phil Neville and Tim Cahill - his mind was made up.
"I was speaking to Wayne about it a bit and after that and coming to see the facilities it was an easy decision," Gibson, who is in the squad to face Aston Villa, told local radio reporters.
"He told me it was a great club and he really enjoyed his time and the people here.
"Having a word with him and people like Tim Cahill and Phil Neville convinced me to come."
Gibson has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract for a reported fee of #1million, rising to #2million on appearances.
He made 60 appearances in six years at United but knew he had little future at Old Trafford when Sir Alex Ferguson decided to bring Paul Scholes out of retirement.
The 37-year-old, who quit the game last season, was brought back on a short-term deal to provide cover for an injury-stricken midfield and came off the bench in last weekend's 3-2 FA Cup third round victory at Manchester City.
"I was very frustrated [at Manchester United]. It was hard for me at times," the Republic of Ireland international added.
"I think when I did get a chance I did well and obviously I was getting left out afterwards and I was playing one or two games here and there.
"When Scholesy came back the manager told me I was free to go.
"Everton had shown some interest a month before hand and the gaffer (David Moyes) wanted me in so it went from there.
"It was very frustrating but I think it was the right time for me to move on and I'm looking forward to my time here.
"I'm really looking forward to kicking on now."
Sylvain Distin (hamstring) and Phil Jagielka (knee) are still sidelined so Shane Duffy, who only made his first league appearance as a substitute in the midweek defeat at Tottenham, could start.
Anichebe rescues point for Toffees
Everton substitute Victor Anichebe enjoyed another good day in the West Midlands by rescuing a point for his side in the 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with Aston Villa.
Anichebe had come off the bench to net a last-gasp winner against West Brom at the Hawthorns on New Year's Day after a lengthy injury lay-off.
Villa striker Darren Bent's seventh goal of the campaign had broken the deadlock this time, but the Toffees deserved their equaliser.
Alex McLeish's side at least ended their run of four successive home defeats with Stephen Ireland having one of his best games in midfield.
But their star performer was recalled keeper Shay Given who had been sidelined for six weeks with a hamstring injury.
He justified his instant return to action in place of Brad Guzan with several fine saves.
Everton were well worthy of a share of the spoils with Landon Donovan impressing on the right of midfield.
Villa were the first to threaten after Bent made a probing run towards the Everton box and was brought down by John Heitinga.
Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov's 25 yard free-kick contained plenty of power and was fisted away by the diving Tim Howard.
Villa were the more purposeful in the early stages and Marc Albrighton's shot was blocked after Alan Hutton had teed up an opportunity.
Everton came more into the game and new signing Darron Gibson's flighted pass picked out a run into the Villa area from Tim Cahill but his first touch let him down.
Given made an excellent save away to his left to keep out a Louis Saha glancing header from a Leighton Baines free-kick.
He then had to turn aside a misdirected header from his own defender Stephen Warnock from a Royston Drenthe centre.
Drenthe made a crucial interception at the far post, tracking back inside his own area to deny Albrighton following a cross from Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Everton appealed in vain for a penalty after Hutton appeared to pull back Saha as he attacked a Donovan centre.
Marouane Fellaini became the first player to be yellow carded after 35 minutes for bringing down Stephen Ireland after he had dispossessed the Everton player.
Villa finished the first half strongly and Bent headed over from a Warnock centre four and Howard parried a curling effort from Agbonlahor around the post.
Given made his third fine save of the game at the start of the second period after Collins brought down Drenthe.
Baines' curling free-kick found Fellaini unmarked at the far post and his powerful header was blocked by the Republic of Ireland keeper.
Howard parried a shot over his shoulder from Bent before the Villa striker broke the deadlock after 56 minutes.
Albrighton's centre was only half cleared and Ireland poked the ball across the box for Bent to net from close range.
It was his seventh goal of the campaign.
Howard then held onto a header from the former Sunderland player from another Ireland centre.
Moyes responded by bringing on striker Victor Anichebe in place of Drenthe after 61 minutes.
Hutton had a volley deflected wide after more good play by Ireland and a cross from Albrighton was headed over by Agbonlahor.
But Anichebe had been on the pitch only eight minutes when he brought Everton level.
Donovan supplied the telling pass and Anichebe kept his cool to slip the ball past Given.
McLeish introduced loan signing Robbie Keane with 10 minutes remaining in place of Warnock with Clark reverting to left-back.
Petrov had a shot deflected wide and Bent had a header punched away by Howard.
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