Everton vs Aston Villa: Heartbreak for Villa as Theo Walcott’s late header denies a timely win


The future of Aston Villa in the Premier League is suspended by a thread after Theo Walcott’s lead in the 87th minute, which forced Dean Smith to settle for a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.

The visitors appeared to have made a lifeline through Ezri Konsa’s first prominent goal 18 minutes from time, but the central defender’s desperate kick did not prevent the substitute’s late effort Toffees to break their hopes.

As a result, Villa, with a smaller goal difference, remains three points from safety, which means that they actually have to get something out of Arsenal’s visit next week if they want to take it to a decision maker last day potential at West Ham.

They were dropped off at the end-of-season contender on Anwar El Ghazi Street 10 minutes from the time he flew overhead.

It was a missed opportunity for the visitors in a generally terrible match in which the goals were the only shots on target, which spoke volumes about the current malaise in which the two clubs are currently.

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti made five changes after calling Sunday’s loss to the Wolves “unacceptable” and initially had the desired effect as his team started off brilliantly.

Douglas Luiz of Aston Villa attacks Andre Gomes (Getty Images)

But that quickly faded and in 15 minutes, the momentum had changed with only a badly struck cross on the top of the crossbar from Bernard, one of those recalled, to show this early effort.

Central defender Mason Holgate’s return from a two-game absence with a shin injury lasted as long before he was kicked out and replaced by 18-year-old Jarrad Branthwaite, who despite his only appearance in the Premier League, stayed quite comfortably.

The real problem for Everton was further: they lost the midfield battlefield again, struggling to manage the free role of Jack Grealish from the left.

The captain of Villa was at the heart of the most incisive passing movements and had the best chances in the first half, flying André Gomes before having a deflected shot, while shooting widely at the start of the second.

Ancelotti’s temper was gradually rising to the surface and he shouted at goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after kicking quickly while trying to find Bernard and sent the ball directly out of play.

The English goalkeeper did not help himself when he was almost taken over by Samatta moments later, as Ancelotti’s frustrations increased not only with him, but with the whole team.

At 18 minutes from the end, the fears of the Italian materialized when Konsa touched the center of Conor Hourihane for only this third goal of the club.

El Ghazi’s blatant foul just a few yards could have calmed the nerves, which trembled when Dominic Calvert-Lewin stabbed wide and Villa’s hearts were broken when Walcott nodded to extend an undefeated record of 11 games championship at home.


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