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Aston Villa manager Dean Smith. Photo: Clive Brunskill/NMC Pool/PA Wire

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith. Photo: Clive Brunskill/NMC Pool/PA Wire

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith. Photo: Clive Brunskill/NMC Pool/PA Wire

Aston Villa's Premier League future hangs by a thread after Theo Walcott's 87th-minute header meant Dean Smith's struggling side had to settle for a draw at Goodison Park.

Villa looked like they had given themselves a lifeline after Conor Hourihane's cross set up Ezri Konsa's first top-flight goal 18 minutes from time. However, Konsa turned villain when his desperate overhead kick failed to keep out the Toffees substitute's late effort.

As a result, Villa, with an inferior goal difference, remain three points from safety, which means they realistically have to get something out of next week's visit of Arsenal if they are to take it to a potential last-day decider at West Ham.

They were left to rue Anwar El Ghazi's miss-of-the-season contender 10 minutes from time when he ballooned over from close range.

The usually unflappable Carlo Ancelotti's temper boiled over when he bawled at goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for passing the ball out of play, but at least Walcott's late intervention extended their 11-match unbeaten home league record.

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