It was fitting that a game between two of the oldest clubs in English football, Everton and Aston Villa, would exemplify the best parts of the old-fashioned English game on Sunday at Goodison Park.
In an unbelievable end to the match on Sunday, Everton equalized in the 93rd minute to make it 2-2 after Joleon Lescott scored for the Toffees. Then, with the game practically over, there was a mixup between two Everton players in midfield which opened up an opportunity for Ashley Young to score a late winner with the last kick of the match to make it 3-2, sending the Villa players and away supporters into hysterics.
This was the type of blood and thunder game that had you on the edge of your seat. Fingertip saves by Brad Friedel, off the goal line clearances, defensive blunders (the first one courtesy of Phil Jagielka) and expertly taken goals by Young and Lescott, both of which scored two each, and Sidwell who opened the scoring for Villa within 30 seconds of kickoff.
While Everton manager David Moyes has plenty of headaches up front trying to find a striker in the January transfer window to replace the injured James Vaughan and Yakubu, Moyes will want to tighten things up in the back at Everton who gifted this game to Aston Villa with two poor defensive mistakes.
The win for Villa was massive especially as it was front of an electrically charged Everton crowd — particularly in the Gwladys Street End behind the goal.
With the win, Aston Villa now moves in fifth position, just one point behind Arsenal. If Ashley Young can continue to put away his chances like he did on Sunday, Aston Villa has a wonderful rest of the season to look forward to. For Everton, it’s a different story.