Football

Barkley sparks a cruise for Toffees

EVERTON 3

(Jagielka 18, Lukaku 48, Coleman 76)

ASTON VILLA 0

The return of midfielder Ross Barkley coincided with Everton’s first home Premier League win of the season and offered a glimpse of improvements to come from Roberto Martinez’s side.

A knee injury on the eve of the season had sidelined the England international until now but, thrown straight into the action, he put in a 65-minute shift which provided a reminder of just what the Toffees had been missing.

When captain Phil Jagielka opened the scoring with his second goal in the space of three League matches there was a sense it was going to be Everton’s day, and a muchneeded goal for Romelu Lukaku, who benefited from a mistake by Villa keeper Brad Guzan, and Seamus Coleman also on the scoresheet on his recall after a month out injured provided the confirmation.