Everton midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has revealed that Toffees boss Rafa Benitez was “disappointed” at the manner in which his side allowed Aston Villa to take full control of the Saturday evening’s contest at Villa Park.
Benitez’s Everton were unbeaten in the Premier League before travelling down to Villa Park yesterday but lost 3-0 to Dean Smith’s side.
Matty Cash scored his first goal for Villa and his first in the Premier League to open the scoring after a lengthy stalemate until Leon Bailey’s second half introduction.
The Jamaica winger is yet to start under Smith, but did make his third appearance for Villa, yesterday, since joining the club back in August for a fee in the region of £30million.
His 20-minute cameo was enough to swing the pendulum in Villa’s favour and win the game by a comfortable margin.
Prior to kick-off, Dean Smith had the predicament of Emi Martinez and Emiliano Buendia flying back into Birmingham in the early hours from Croatia after their 10-day quarantine period.
Martinez started in Villa’s only change to last week’s defeat against Chelsea and helped Villa dominate from back to front at Villa Park against the Toffees.
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Everton’s best chance came via the in-form Demarai Gray but his effort when well placed sailed past Martinez’s post before Villa went down the other end to open the scoring through Cash.
Digne then put the game out of reach before Bailey topped off his display with a stunning strike of his own 15 minutes from time.
Doucoure revealed what the Everton manager told his players after full-time.
He said: “After the game, the manager said we need to keep working.
“Today was disappointing, conceding the goals was bad for us, but in the next game we have to bounce back and work even harder to get a good result.”
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