Leon Bailey’s stunning second-half cameo inspired Aston Villa to a 3-0 victory as Rafael Benitez suffered his first defeat as Everton manager on Saturday Night Football.
After a goalless opening period, Matty Cash struck his first Villa goal (66), moments after Demarai Gray had come close to finding the breakthrough.
Villa were then roared forward by a partisan Holte End and doubled their lead three minutes later when substitute Bailey’s corner was inadvertently glanced into his own net by Lucas Digne.
Things got even better for Villa and for Bailey as he latched onto Danny Ings’ hooked through ball to fire in a third for the hosts within the space of nine minutes before he departed through injury.
The result moves Villa up to 10th in the Premier League while Everton’s first defeat leaves them in fifth place ahead of the weekend’s remaining fixtures.