Everton interim manager Duncan Ferguson started with a loss to Aston Villa.
Everton’s troubles continued despite a managerial change as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa at Goodison Park.
Yet the Toffees suffered another defeat which extended their miserable Premier League form to just one win from 14 matches.
The first half proved close but Villa took the lead in stoppage time.
Lucas Digne – who left Everton for the Midlands club earlier this month – whipped in a corner and Emi Buendia eyed a header at the near post.
The Toffees thought they had equalized in the 61st minute through Ben Godfrey, but visiting captain Tyrone Mings made a crucial block on the line.
The hosts kept pushing for a leveler but failed to test Emi Martinez in the Villa goal.
Now Everton’s search continues to find their next manager as fears of being drawn into a relegation battle grow.
– Emi Buendia: the Argentine was Villa’s main attacking threat throughout. In the first half, he pricked the palms of Jordan Pickford with a low drive after some good work. And despite his small stature, he was there to hang on to Digne’s corner and get enough buy on his head to hand three points for his team.
-Tyrone Mings: a game-winning goal-line clearance. Mings might have been in the right place at the right time, but had he not been, Godfrey would have equalized.
– Anthony Gordon: the Everton substitute has strengthened his side by replacing Andros Townsend. It was his corner that led to Godfrey’s luck as he put a cross into the box that Dominic Calvert-Lewin should have converted.
-Dominic Calvert-Lewin: the attacker’s effort or application could not be distorted throughout the match. He gave Villa defensive problems in the air. But when his big chance came in the 65th minute, Calvert-Lewin couldn’t keep his composure and saw his effort go overboard.
– Yerry Mina: repelled two big chances in the second half, without reaching the goal. He was also caught a few times in the first half.
– Craig Pawson: the referee did not let the game flow throughout. Very stop-start and struggled to solidify his authority.
Everton: Pickford 6, Kenny 5, Mina 5, Holgate 5, Godfrey 5, Townsend 5 (Gordon 56; 7), Doucoure 7 (Onyango 65; 5), Gomes 5 (Allan 51; 5), Gray 5, Richarlison 6, Calvert- Lewin 6.
AstonVilla: Martinez 6, Cash 6, Consa 6, Mings 6, Digne 6, Ramsey 7, McGinn 6, Luiz 6 Coutinho 5 (Chukwuemeka 74; 5), Buendia 7 (Hause 91), Watkins 6 (Ings 79).
What’s Everton’s next game
The Blues now have a two-week break before their next action.
They host Brentford in the FA Cup fourth round and there may well be a new manager in charge by then.