Ollie Watkins believes Everton ‘tested’ Aston Villa with their long balls in Saturday’s game at Goodison Park. He also thinks the Toffees have lived up to expectations for a Sean Dyche team.
Aston Villa won 2-0 at Everton in the Premier League on goals from Watkins (63′) and Emiliano Buendia (81′). Unai Emery’s side broke the deadlock early in the second half with a penalty. Idrissa Gueye tripped John McGinn for referee Anthony Taylor to point to the point.
With his goal, Watkins set a new Aston Villa record as the first Villans player to score in five consecutive Premier League games. While the 27-year-old also helped influence the game leading up to Buendia’s goal. The Argentine hit home after turning into Conor Coady.
Everton created a number of scoring chances but Dyche’s men failed to capitalize on what Aston Villa allowed. Tyrone Mings also cleared a Neal Maupay header off the line. The loss dropped the Toffees into the relegation zone with 21 points in 24 games.
Jordan Pickford did his best to keep Everton in the game before Watkins sent Aston Villa ahead. The keeper made a brilliant save to scrape away the striker’s header. But he dove to the left, expecting Watkins to corner as he hit the center.
Aston Villa star Ollie Watkins gives his verdict on Sean Dyche’s Everton
Everton’s ineffective finishing proved costly for Dyche as Watkins and Buendia conceded all three points to Aston Villa. The Toffees rarely forced Emiliano Martinez to make an important save. Maupay lured the Argentine to two saves in his 76 minutes on the field.
However, Watkins felt Everton were testing Aston Villa as the Toffees lived up to expectations of what a Dyche team is producing. He noted how the Goodison natives pushed the Villans with their tendency to play long passes. The forward also felt the Blues were trying to be a physical test.
“They tested us with a lot of long balls,” Watkins told BBC Sport. “Sean Dyche team, they will be physical. But we were good in the whole park”
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