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25 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Villa end three-year wait for EPL win

AFP, Birmingham
Villa end three-year wait for EPL win
Everton’s French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin (C) chases after the ball in front of Aston Villa’s Brazilian striker Wesley (R) during the English Premier League football match at Villa Park in Birmingham on Friday. AFP Photo

Wesley fired Aston Villa to their first English Premier League (EPL) win for over three years as the Brazilian's maiden goal for his new club inspired a 2-0 victory against Everton on Friday.

After losing to Tottenham and Bournemouth in their first two games, Villa finally got their campaign up and running on their return to the top flight after a three-year absence.

Dean Smith's promoted side were already being written off as relegation fodder following their nervous start to the season.

But Wesley’s first goal since the forward's £22 million ($27 million) close-season move from Belgian side Club Brugge lifted the mood at Villa Park in the 22nd minute.

Anwar El Ghazi added the second in stoppage-time to ensure Villa were able to celebrate the end of a 15-match winless run in the Premier League dating back to a victory over Norwich in February 2016.

“It was very sweet. It was a hard-earned win. We always looked a threat on the break. To get that goal at the end just capped it off,” Smith said.

“Our defensive organisation was good. I always thought we would score a second, but I thought it would come a bit earlier.

“Getting your home results in this league is a important and getting your first one is massive.”

Everton paid the price for poor finishing as they wasted chances to maintain their unbeaten run, which came to an abrupt end after a draw against Crystal Palace and a victory over Watford.

“It is really difficult to see how we can lose this game when we create so many chances to score,” Everton boss Marco Silva said.

“It is concerning about the goals we didn't score and of course we should score more. Against Palace we created lots of chances to score and didn't and again today.”

Jack Grealish had lost a record 20 successive Premier League games with Villa -- dating back to their previous spell in the top flight -- and he was fortunate not to concede an early penalty for a challenge on Richarlison.

Grealish set about ending his dismal losing streak when he cleverly took a quick free-kick inside his own half that caught Everton flat-footed.

 

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