Wednesday 13 November 2019

Everton fightback frustrates Lambert

Paul Lambert insisted Aston Villa could take encouragement from this result, despite blowing a 3-1 lead, as Marouane Fellaini's last-gasp leveller extended the visitors' winless streak to eight Premier League games.

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Paul Lambert insisted Aston Villa could take encouragement from this result, despite blowing a 3-1 lead, as Marouane Fellaini's last-gasp leveller extended the visitors' winless streak to eight Premier League games.

Villa went ahead through two Christian Benteke goals, either side of a Gabriel Agbonlahor header, but were initially pegged back by Victor Anichebe in the first half.

Fellaini then scored twice, his second coming in the third additional minute.

"I thought we deserved to win the game," said Lambert, whose side remain second-bottom. "You are never going to get an easy game here but it is disappointing to only get a point. I thought we played ever so well. I can't fault the way the lads played and if we continue to play like that hopefully we will start to get results."

Everton boss David Moyes did not think his side deserved to lose but was unimpressed by their defending.

Centre-back John Heitinga had a particularly poor afternoon and he was replaced in a double substitution along with Kevin Mirallas – jeers rang out when Heitinga left the pitch.

"We defended poorly – the defending let us down," said Moyes.

Fellaini took his tally to 10 league goals for the season, while Anichebe scored his fifth in eight league starts, having been preferred to Nikica Jelavic for the second successive match.

"We've not really been coming up with the goals but I thought Victor played really well, took his goal well and set up Fellaini's second," added Moyes.

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