Aston Villa beat Everton 2-0 at Villa Park to win their first Premier League game since 2016.

Wesley Moraes’ first for the club kick-started Villa’s night before Anwar El Ghazi came off the bench to score the winner.

Dean Smith made two alterations from the team that fell to defeat against Bournemouth. Fred Guilbert earning his first start at the expense of Ahmed Elmohammady, while Jota came in for El Ghazi.

Wesley unlocks Everton

Everton dominated the opening exchanges, but defensive pair Tyrone Mings and Björn Engles were up for the task all evening.

Club record signing Wesley easily found space inside the Everton box to calmly slot his first Villa goal against the run of play. Spaniard Jota picked out the strikers powerful run across Michael Keane, to get his first assist of the season.

The visitors hadn’t conceded a goal in open play in their previous six Premier League games. Despite dominating the ball throughout the game, Villa doubled their lead not long after Alex Iwobi and Theo Walcott missed chances of their own.

Villa double their lead

El Ghazi sealed the win against EvertonWesley again powered beyond both Yerry Mina and Keane to collect a loose ball inside the Everton half. After waiting for support, he laid off John McGinn. The Scot found El Ghazi on the left side, and with an impressive first touch, he managed to then squeeze the ball under Jordan Pickford for two.

An electric atmosphere under the Villa Park lights will be fondly remembered for years to come, as Villa claimed their first premier league win since February 2016.

Villa will now travel to Selhurst Park to face a struggling Crystal Palace side before hosting West Ham United on Monday, September 16.


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