And he was amazed Rudy Gestede didn't start for Villa to offer them an outlet for their counterattacks.
Higginbotham, a pundit for both Sky Sports and talkSPORT among others, feels Villa's game plan didn't work against the Toffees but believes they could have done a little better had their target man started the game.
Villa very poor today. Sat deep to frustrate Everton. Didn't work and was amazed Gestede didn't start to at least give Villa an out ball.— Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) November 21, 2015
A harsh return to reality for Remi Garde, then, whose first game in charge of Aston Villa went so well - he earned a 0-0 draw against Manchester City.
There was none of that defensive solidity here and Everton were allowed to fire freely against a Villa side that could quite easily have passed for a Tim Sherwood team.
Garde will need to learn quickly and a heavy defeat could even be good for the Frenchman as he will gain a taste of what Aston Villa fans have been experiencing for some time already. And he won't want to feel like that ever again!