Danny Ings and Emiliano Buendia scored as Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa beat Frank Lampard’s Everton 2-1 at home to earn their first Premier League victory of the season.
The hosts went ahead shortly after the half-hour mark. Ollie Watkins found Ings just inside the box and the Villa striker fired past Jordan Pickford.
Villa doubled their advantage in the 86th minute as Buendia played a quick one-two with Watkins in the box and tucked into an empty net.
A minute later, Everton halved the deficit. Debutant Amadou Onana fired a ball across goal that former Toffees defender Lucas Digne inadvertently turned into his own net to set up a tense finish — but the hosts held on to win.
Villa manager Gerrard hailed his team’s improvement following their opening-day defeat against newly-promoted Bournemouth.
He said: “I’m really pleased with our level of performance, I believed that if we found that level there would be a different outcome from last week.
“What we put in this week, the quality and the goals we scored, no-one can challenge the outcome, I thought we deserved it.
“We looked a different team today. It was tough conditions for both sets of players but they were excellent in terms of the game plan.
“We really wanted to make it about their back three, and both goals have come off that.”
Gerrard also praised defender Tyrone Mings, who was restored to the starting line-up after losing his captaincy to John McGinn.
He said: “I cannot control what is said outside Aston Villa. It is important for me to say that, yes, we made a decision to change the captain and I made that decision because I wanted my own stamp on that position.
“No one has taken Tyrone Mings out of the team. He was injured last week, he came back, trained really well and was really good today. Credit to him.”
Everton have lost their first two Premier League games for just the second time in their history, also doing so in 2009-10.
There were only 96 seconds between Buendia’s goal for Villa and Digne’s own goal to make it 2-1.
Digne is just the second player to have scored an own goal for both sides in a Premier League fixture after Frank Sinclair in Chelsea against Leicester.
Ings has now scored six goals against Everton — more than against any other opponent — and has done so for four different clubs (also: Burnley, Liverpool and Southampton).
Ings has also scored the opening goal in 20 different Premier League fixtures since the start of the 2019-20 season — more than any other player.