Aston Villa bagged a big win this weekend as Dean Smith’s side eased past Everton 3-0.
Three second-half goals secured the points for the Birmingham side as Villa ended the Toffees’ unbeaten start to the Premier League season. The result also shot the Midlands side to tenth in the standings.
Goals from Matty Cash and Leon Bailey got Villa Park bouncing, with Everton one of the in-form sides in the Premier League after five games this season.
Yet going into the game, there was a surprise decision from Smith as the Villa manager fielded a 3-5-2 formation to face Everton. The Premier League side tried something similar last week against Chelsea with a 5-3-2.
However, this week the system pulled off as the extra attacking width from Cash and Matt Targett allowed Villa to cause Everton some real problems. The substitutions of Marvelous Nakamba and Bailey also played a key role.
Indeed, the second half changes were the real difference-maker. And for Villa fans on social media, they believe that the 3-5-2 system against Everton worked.
Smith’s decision to change formation worked in the best way possible. And with Villa next facing off against Manchester United in the league, supporters are eager for the same system to be deployed.
Here’s what some Villa fans had to say about Smith’s decision to switch to a 3-5-2 against Everton on Twitter…
All 3 of them for me .. obliterate the opposition in the first half .. second half get some of the youngsters on.— World Football Chat (@BillyWhiz) September 19, 2021
Well I've said it before you don't have to try and get them all on the pitch at the same time the bench is looking like a premiership bench now stick with it if it ain't broke don't fix it think it will get better th more they play th system #UTV— Richard Edwards (@RoosterEdwards) September 18, 2021
Think with man U we stick with the 3-5-2 to start. Dont push targett and cash as high as today, and bring on bailey beundia traore for some sauce in the last 20-30 minutes of the game once we make sure we’re still around to win it.— Kyle (@Kyle1818181818) September 18, 2021
352 will be perfect for utd away— RicardoAV (@RichieLionel81) September 18, 2021
I just wonder if Targett has the physical attributes to be an effective attacking wing back in this 352 formation. A great bench yesterday though.— Steve Light (@SteveLi93989067) September 19, 2021
We started 3-5-2 kept them out and a clean sheet then went to 442 when Targett went off and we did well to finish the game off. Same again next week.— Smorts (@stumorts) September 18, 2021