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Wednesday, August 11, 1999 Published at 21:50 GMT 22:50 UK


Villa send Everton crashing

Dion Dublin is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring Villa's second

Aston Villa 3-0 Everton

Aston Villa made it two wins out of two, as 10-man Everton were brushed aside on Wednesday.


BBC Radio's Pat Murphy: "I think Villa are on top of the league"
Goals from Julian Joachim, Dion Dublin and Ian Taylor gave the home side maximum points and took them to the top of the new season's Premiership table.

The Midlands team never looked like losing especially - after Goodison midfielder John Collins was sent off for a second bookable offence.

The result was a major disappointment for the visitors, who had overcome the odds when they fought back so well to hold Manchester United at home on Sunday.

It was Joachim who opened the scoring as early as the ninth minute.

A long clearance from defender Ugo Ehiogu found the head of Dublin, who won a challenge with Richard Gough and flicked the ball into the path of Joachim.

The former England youth international sped clear of Everton defender David Weir and fired a stinging shot which keeper Paul Gerrard's despairing dive could not keep out.

However, apart from Joachim's effort there was little in the way of goalmouth action in the opening 45 minutes.

Jeffers left out

Dublin and Alan Wright were both off target from outside the area and a 25-yard free kick from Alan Thompson was deflected over the bar.

The Merseysiders, with want-away striker Francis Jeffers on the bench, were reduced to half chances.

Matters were made worse after the break for the Toffeemen when Collins was shown a second yellow card.

The Scottish international had already been booked in the first period for a challenge on Mark Delaney.

He repeated the offence on the former Cardiff player in the 50th minute and was given his marching orders by referee Graham Barber.

Visitors depleted and defeated

Everton's misery was compounded when Alan Thomson's centre was volleyed sweetly by Dublin, high past Gerrard.

And the result was made academic when Ian Taylor finished off the rout in the 85th minute.

Don Hutchinson lost posession to the impressive Joachim who found an unmarked Taylor and the midfielder struck home another volley.

Teams:

Aston Villa: James, Wright, Southgate, Ehiogu, Boateng, Taylor, Dublin, Thompson, Joachim, Delaney, Calderwood. Subs: Merson, Hendrie, Garyiayeb, Stone, Oakes.

Everton: Gerrard, Ball, Gough, Unsworth, Collins, Barmby, Campbell, Hutchison, Gemmill, Weir, Ward. Subs: Pembridge, Dunne, Cadamarteri, Jeffers, Simonsen.

Referee: G Barber (Pyrford)



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