Martin O'Neill Applauds Response
Villa boss Martin O'Neill has praised his troops for their response to the Carling Cup drubbing midweek.
He told the official site:
'That was a magnificent response to Wednesday night. That was an outstanding, battling, determined display. Everton is not an easy place to come and I'm absolutely delighted with the three points.'
Goodison Park has certainly not been an easy place this season, this is Everton's first home loss.
O'Neill said of his injury ravaged side: 'We had to make changes today, with three players out through injury, but the players responded magnificently. I was so disappointed on Wednesday night at Chelsea, because we had such terrific support and we let them down. Today we made amends.'
'There was loads of commitment and effort out there, but there were moments of quality as well. The build-up to the goal was a well worked move. Isaiah and Gabby did extremely well and Chris produced the sort of finish I know he's capable of. He did very well all afternoon for us and it's hard to single out players, because they all did well. But I thought Stiliyan Petrov was magnificent and he must be wondering what he has to do to get his first Villa goal. It will come and then we'll see a few more.'