Aston Villa clinch vital win at Villa Park, beat Everton 3-2

Aston Villa gave their survival hopes a boost with a 3-2 victory over Everton today.

Aston Villa continued their fine form under manager Tim Sherwood with a crucial 3-2 win over Everton at Villa Park this afternoon.

Villa suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 defeat at Manchester City last weekend, but bounced back today with the win over Everton.

Striker Christian Benteke has been sensational ever since Sherwood's arrival, and he continued his success in front of goal by opening the scoring with a great header inside the first ten minutes.

The Belgian made it 2-0 on the stroke of half time, before his international team-mate Romelu Lukaku pulled one back for the Toffees from the penalty spot on the hour mark.

Tom Cleverley restored Villa's two-goal advantage just five minutes later to wrap up the win, though Phil Jagielka's late consolation set up a nervy finale.

Villa now sit in 14th place in the Premier League table, but only two points clear of the relegation zone, meaning Sherwood still has some work to do in the final three games of the season.

It was Everton's first defeat in six games after a promising run of form for Roberto Martinez's men, and they sit in 11th place after today's result.

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