Saturday 07 December 2013
Ashley Young scored a dramatic winner in the fourth minute of injury-time, just 60 seconds after Joleon Lescott had thought he had earned Everton a point.
Lescott had hooked the ball home after Leon Osman had headed on a Phil Jagielka header as the Toffees threw everyone forward in stoppage time. But within a minute, Lescott was beaten by Young, who curled the ball home to extend Villa’s unbeaten Barclays Premier League run to four matches.
Villa were in fifth place in the table at kick-off, three points and two places above Everton, and the visitors made the perfect start. Steve Sidwell collected a pass from James Milner and drove the ball into the top corner from 20 yards after only 31 seconds.
Everton equalised on the half-hour when Lescott turned the ball over the line from close range from Mikel Arteta’s free-kick.
Marouane Fellaini twice came close to putting the Toffees ahead, first when his header was cleared off the line by Carlos Cuellar, then when Brad Friedel touched his header on to the bar.
But minutes later Villa regained the lead when Young pounced on a bad backpass from Jagielka and ran on to score.
Villa looked to be heading for the win until Lescott grabbed his dramatic equaliser. But there was one more twist to come.
“It was an amazing finish and I could not be more delighted," Martin O’Neill, the Villa manager, said. "Ashley Young was absolutely world-class. He is a magnificent footballer and he put his chances in the net superbly.”
Everton manager David Moyes said: “There were mistakes organisationally – we got caught on the ball, maybe we should have kicked the ball longer and without taking any risks.”
Despite the result, the Toffees went on to finish the season a point and a place above Villa in fifth.