View: Three things we learned from Everton in loss v Aston Villa
Everton failed to build momentum following their victory over Arsenal last week, losing 2-1 to Aston Villa at Goodison Park on Saturday.
The Villans took an early lead after Mason Holgate gifted a persistent Ollie Watkins with a chance to score, however Dominic Calvert-Lewin quickly got the Blues back on level terms.
Everton’s underwhelming performance posed more questions than it answered, with Anwar El Ghazi’s late strike sealing the deserved three points for Dean Smith’s side.
At Goodison News we have picked out three things we learned from the home defeat..
Holgate’s slip-up for Aston Villa’s first goal proved extremely costly, putting Everton on the back foot far too early in the game on Merseyside.
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Three of the last four goals that Everton have conceded have all been due to defensive error, all of which have involved Holgate.
With both Yerry Mina and Michael Keane passed fit, Holgate could do with a break against West Ham next week and he should be dropped.
Iwobi came into the starting line-up late after James Rodriguez withdrew during the warm-up, and he demonstrated some impressive technical ability throughout the contest.
However the winger never directly contributed in a meaningful way, leaving many to question what he actually contributes.
Ancelotti isn’t blessed with options in that position, but Iwobi’s impact is so minimal that his inclusion should be questioned.
Just give him the opportunity
Calvert-Lewin’s excellent header put Everton back level shortly after Villa fired themselves ahead, and it was further proof that the forward is becoming more clinical by the day.
The England international slipped his marker and placed his header well, showing that if someone can put the ball on a plate for him that he will deliver.