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Roberto Martinez ponders appeal over 10,000 fine

Martinez weighs up appeal over 10k fine for referee rant after Wigan's loss at Man United

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UPDATED:

10:38 GMT, 4 October 2012

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is considering whether to appeal against his 10,000 fine for criticising a referee.

Martinez was this week found guilty of misconduct by the Football Association over comments which suggested Michael Oliver was biased after his side's 4-0 defeat at Manchester United last month.

The Spaniard, who was angered by a number of decisions in the Barclays Premier League game, accepts his remarks could have been interpreted that way but feels he was misconstrued.

Decision time: Roberto Martinez is considering his next move

Decision time: Roberto Martinez is considering his next move

Martinez said: 'We have had the hearing and now we are waiting (to see) if we can appeal the decision because it is something I don't agree with.

'At the moment it is one of those situations you have to accept but we will look into the written outcome and see if we can appeal it.

'If you see the comments they are not disrespectful comments at all to the referee.

'I wasn't talking about the referee, I was talking about the figure of the referee in those certain games.

'I was talking about the experience that we at Wigan Athletic have had going away from home and unfortunately the calls we have had of late.

'I would never question the integrity of the referee or question if the referee was biased towards a decision.'

Martinez said in the aftermath of the game that it felt as though his side were 'fighting against a mountain'.

United's Danny Welbeck was awarded a penalty early in the game which Martinez felt was 'as bad a decision as you are going to see in the Premier League'.

Flashpoint: Martinez said Danny Welbeck dived to win a penalty

Flashpoint: Martinez said Danny Welbeck dived to win a penalty

He said at the time: 'I have come to United three times before today and for whatever reason we don't seem to be measured in the same manner as the team at home.

'In many ways, you feel as though you are fighting against a mountain.

'There were tackles flying around that if they had been the other way round there would have been a couple of red cards.'

Wigan expect to receive the written judgement from the FA on Friday and must make a decision regarding an appeal by Monday.

Man in the middle: Wigan were not happy when Michael Oliver awarded a penalty

Man in the middle: Wigan were not happy when Michael Oliver awarded a penalty

Hull 1 Peterborough 3: Emile Sinclair hat-trick

Hull 1 Peterborough 3: Sinclair treble helps underdogs earn first points

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UPDATED:

17:21 GMT, 29 September 2012

Emile Sinclair scored a hat-trick as Peterborough gladly assumed the role of Saturday's coupon-busters and recorded not only a first win of the season but their first points of it at promotion hopefuls Hull.

With seven straight defeats to their name this campaign, there were few who expected Posh and their under-fire manager Darren Ferguson to topple City, a side chasing a seventh straight home league win.

But, thanks to a treble from Sinclair, whose pace and power was too much for Hull to deal with, United upset the form book, despite Jay Simpson's goal, at a ground Sinclair has great affection for.

Oh no: Steve Bruce had an unhappy day

Oh no: Steve Bruce had an unhappy day

Match facts

Hull: Amos, Elmohamady, Chester (Rosenior 62), Faye, Bruce, Dudgeon, Koren, Olofinjana (Proschwitz 59), Quinn, Simpson, Aluko.

Subs Not Used: Oxley, Dawson, Evans, Mclean, McShane.

Goals: Simpson 61.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Little, Rowe (McCann 76), Knight-Percival, Alcock, Brisley, Bostwick, Ferdinand (Ntlhe 72), Barnett (Tomlin 81), Boyd, Sinclair.

Subs Not Used: Day, Zakuani, Swanson, Mendez-Laing.

Booked: Boyd, Sinclair.

Goals: Sinclair 24, 29, 73.

Att: 15,279

Ref: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

His two-goal salvo for Macclesfield
in the Carling Cup by the Humber last August brought him to Ferguson's
attention and they duly signed him later that month for 100,000. He
scored 10 goals last season but these three may well be more important
than all of them combined.

It is the second successive week
Steve Bruce's Hull have conceded a hat-trick as well, with David Nugent
having done the same for Leicester last Sunday.

That 3-1 reverse showed that despite
their previous home prowess, Hull have a soft underbelly and Sinclair
immediately set about testing it out today.

He broke down the left with 10
minutes gone, showing the pace to get away from Alex Bruce, the son of
Steve, before working Ben Amos with a low drive.

It appeared as though Peterborough
would pay for not taking that chance, especially as Hull then got after
them, with Sone Aluko hooking a volley over and then cutting in from the
right to work Robert Olejnik at his near post.

But Peterborough would get another
opportunity and, with 24 minutes gone, Sinclair took it. It first seemed
that Stephen Quinn had covered the long ball aimed for the striker but
as he dallied, Sinclair clattered into him to regain possession and then
torched past Bruce before rounding Amos and tucking into an open goal.

His composure belied a man who can occasionally appear cumbersome and six minutes later he was at it again.

George Boyd was the man to show Bruce
– keeping a dangerously high line – a clean pair of heels on this
occasion and, after holding his run temporarily, he played Sinclair
through on goal and he dragged Amos left before beating him with a slick
finish.

Hull's only response before the break
came from Aluko's low drive which Olejnik dealt with, and the former
Rangers man should have at least hit the target from six yards four
minutes after it, only to plant Quinn's cross into the stand.

Simpson was the next to fluff his
lines, mis-kicking from 10 yards out, and lightning nearly struck thrice
for Hull just after as Sinclair broke free but failed to beat Amos.

His miss would haunt him too as
Simpson clicked into gear on the hour, drilling in his fifth of the
season after a neat pull-back from Ahmed Elmohamady.

Having missed his hat-trick chance
and with Hull growing, it looked as though Sinclair would end as the
villain rather than the hero, but with 16 minutes left he was left
alone, allowed to advance, and he eventually decided to place a low
strike into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez hits out at Jordi Gomez dismissal after Sunderland defeat

Wigan boss Martinez hits out at Gomez dismissal after Sunderland defeat

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UPDATED:

17:54 GMT, 29 September 2012

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez was left fuming with referee Howard Webb after seeing his 10 men slip to defeat at Sunderland.

Midfielder Jordi Gomez was sent off
two minutes into the second half at the Stadium of Light for a lunging
challenge on Black Cats full-back Danny Rose.

Listen up: Fletcher celebrates scoring the winning goal early in the first half

Listen up: Fletcher celebrates scoring the winning goal early in the first half

Webb, who took charge of the 2010 World Cup final, immediately showed him a red card and Sunderland took full advantage within four minutes when Steven Fletcher scored the game's only goal.

Martinez, who is facing an FA charge over comments he made on Michael Oliver's handling of his side's 4-0 defeat by Manchester United earlier this month, felt the dismissal was harsh, and insisted that if Gomez had to go, so too should have Sebastian Larsson for a challenge on Arouna Kone later in the half which went unpunished.

He said: 'I think it's harsh. It's harsh because Danny Rose loses the ball slightly.

'Jordi tackles as a striker tackles, showing the studs, but he never leaves the ground, it's not a two-footed challenge.

'I can understand why the referee gave it, but I think it's very, very harsh.

'My disappointment is that Larsson has made a worse tackle against Kone and is not even shown a yellow card.

Red alert: Gones was shown a straight red for this challenge on Rose

Red alert: Gones was shown a straight red for this challenge on Rose

Red alert: Gones was shown a straight red for this challenge on Rose

Red alert: Gones was shown a straight red for this challenge on Rose

'That's just as you want as a manager, you want consistency for both teams.

'It's down to the referee's decision if he considers that that challenge
is a red card, but then every challenge in the same manner should be a
red card.

'That's the disappointment. At the moment, we are on the back of a few
bad decisions and you just need to take it in football. It happens.

'You just hope that over the course of the season, you are going to get
good calls coming in our favour even though now, we find it difficult to
understand that's going to happen.'

Opposite number Martin O'Neill admitted that the sending-off had changed
the game, but was not convinced Webb had any other option.

He said: 'My first thought was it looked a bit harsh to begin with.
Having seen it back, I'm not so sure that the referee had much
alternative.

Firing blanks: Wigan couldn't make the breakthrough in the controversial clash at the Stadium of Light

Firing blanks: Wigan couldn't make the breakthrough in the controversial clash at the Stadium of Light

'I was the first one to say on Tuesday night that Lee Cattermole deserved to be sent off.

'Whether Roberto agrees or disagrees with it – it may have been a
sending-off – but I think his main point was that maybe it changed the
dynamic of the game from that viewpoint because we reaped our reward
pretty quickly.

'We scored soon after that and it gave us some impetus, a lot of impetus, in fact.'

Wigan enjoyed the better of the first half with Simon Mignolet having to
make early saves from James McCarthy and Kone, while McCarthy fired
just wide two minutes before the break after Ivan Ramis had hacked a
Larsson free-kick off the line at the other end.

However, the game changed two minutes after the restart when Gomez
departed, and Fletcher cashed in when he turned home James McClean's
driven cross to claim his fifth goal in four Barclays Premier League
game.

The Scot's strike was enough to end a run of 12 league games without a win, and O'Neill was delighted.

Asked if his 12million summer signing was proving a bargain, he replied
with a smile: 'I agree, yes – 35million without a problem, and
add-ons.

'He did very, very well. He was brilliant today for us. Wigan came and
played their part, and I have to thank Mignolet for making two
incredibly good saves for us to keep it at 0-0.

'Fletcher has come up big again for us, so eventually we have won the
game, although it was edgy towards the end. But the win was vitally
important for us and it keeps us going.'

Blackburn Rovers supporters" groups join forces in bid to buy club

Blackburn fans ramp up bid to take ownership of club as supporter groups join forces

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UPDATED:

09:31 GMT, 25 September 2012

The campaign to bring Blackburn Rovers under fans' ownership has received a boost after a new membership scheme was launched.

The Rovers Trust joins together two supporters' groups, the Blackburn Rovers Supporters Investment Trust (BRSIT) and Blackburn Rovers Supporters Trust (BRST), whose joint goal is to own the Ewood Park club in whole or in part.

The move comes with Blackburn manager Steve Kean's role at the club looking increasingly under threat, with owners Venky's in talks about his position since Saturday.

Dejected: Kean's side were beaten last time out at home to Middlesbrough

Dejected: Kean's side were beaten last time out at home to Middlesbrough

The new membership drive for the Rovers Trust has been launched in a bid to sign up Blackburn fans for a 10 annual membership fee to give the group credibility.

The membership push will then be followed by a share-raising plan modelled on the 'pledge scheme' first launched by BRSIT earlier this year. That scheme has seen almost 3million pledged by supporters wanting to buy a 1,000 share in a new ownership model.

A target of 10m is being set by the co-chairmen, BRST founder Oliver Jones and Wayne Wild, one of the co-founders of BRSIT.

Voting with their feet: Rovers fans are not happy with the club's plight

Voting with their feet: Rovers fans are not happy with the club's plight

Jones said of the new trust scheme: 'Our principal objective is to obtain full or part ownership of Blackburn Rovers and its assets on behalf of fellow supporters in order to represent supporters' views whilst protecting the club's short- and long-term future.

'Membership of Rovers Trust is very affordable for all fans and, at the very least, gives those supporters a real say in the future running of Blackburn Rovers.'

Roberto Martinez likely to face FA action over Old Trafford rant

Wigan boss Martinez likely to face FA action over Old Trafford rant at ref Oliver

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UPDATED:

08:39 GMT, 17 September 2012

Roberto Martinez can expect a call from the FA after lambasting referee Michael Oliver and claiming Danny Welbeck and Paul Scholes should both have been sent off.

The Wigan manager called on Premier League bosses to restrict Old Trafford games to referees at the top end of the age scale after appearing to suggest 27-year-old Oliver applied different rules to his side and 4-0 winners Manchester United.

In a furious outburst that is sure to be scrutinised by FA disciplinary chiefs, an irate Martinez also accused Welbeck of hoodwinking Oliver for the fourth-minute penalty conceded by Ali Al-Habsi.

Dubious decision: Welbeck takes a tumble as Al Habsi pulls out of his challenge

Dubious decision: Welbeck takes a tumble as Al Habsi pulls out of his challenge

The Wigan keeper redeemed himself with a comfortable save from Javi Hernandez’s weakly-struck kick, but that was little consolation to Martinez, as he fumed: 'If you are involved in football, and you look at the replay, you can see exactly what Welbeck is trying to do. He dived, and I was really annoyed to see the referee point to the spot.

'It was shocking, as bad a decision as you are ever likely to see in the Barclays Premier League.

'Michael Oliver is a very capable referee, who has been outstanding in many big games, but it was clear from the opening minutes that he was not going to measure both teams the same way.

Furious: Martinez (above) was not happy with Michael Oliver (below)

Furious: Martinez (above) was not happy with Michael Oliver (below)

Furious: Martinez (above) was not happy with Michael Oliver (below)

'There were a couple of tackles by United players which, if they had been the other way round, would have been red cards.

'In that last challenge by Welbeck, he had his foot over the ball as he went in on Franco Di Santo. It was completely reckless and dangerous, and under the current regulations, it should be a red card, whether you play for Wigan, Manchester United or anyone else.

'We had a player sent off here last season, and it was rescinded straightaway. Two seasons ago, we had two players sent off. Now this.

'I just feel it is a difficult place for referees. They need to be strong, and they need to be very, very experienced. They need to know how to handle the occasion. It’s not about handling the game here, it’s the occasion.

'Welbeck should have been shown a straight red, and Paul Scholes had two bad challenges that were worthy of yellow cards.

'We had James McArthur booked for something very similar, yet Scholes got away with both. I cannot understand how those same challenges can be judged in different ways.'

Nick Powell proves there is life after Paul Scholes at Manchester United

United new boy Powell proves there's life after Scholes with stunning strike in Wigan rout

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 16 September 2012

Paul Scholes remains an irrepressible force at the heart of Manchester United's midfield. Happily for Sir Alex Ferguson, he is no longer irreplaceable.

The United manager was beginning to fear he might be but is convinced he has, at last, found a solution in the form of Nick Powell, a 6million summer signing from Crewe.

On target: Powell scored in the thrashing of Wigan at Old Trafford

On target: Powell scored in the thrashing of Wigan at Old Trafford

Still six months short of his 19th birthday, Powell might have expected to be loaned out to gain experience elsewhere, but Ferguson turned down all requests in the belief that Powell has the talent and temperament to make an immediate impact at Old Trafford. Not for the first time, his judgement seems beyond reproach.

Perfect start: Powell scored his first goal for United since his 6m move from Crewe

Perfect start: Powell scored his first goal for United since his 6m move from Crewe

On the Paul: Scholes scored on his 700th appearance for the Old Trafford club

On the Paul: Scholes scored on his 700th appearance for the Old Trafford club

MATCH FACTS

Manchester United (4-4-2): Lindegaard 6; Rafael 6, Vidic 7 (Evans 77min), Ferdinand 6, Buttner 7; Nani 7, Carrick 7, Scholes 8 (Van Persie 71, 6), Giggs 6 (Powell 71, 7); Welbeck 7, Hernandez 6.
Subs not used: De Gea, Valencia, Cleverley, Kagawa.
Booked: Buttner, Welbeck.
Scorers: Scholes 51, Hernandez 63, Buttner 66, Powell 82.

Wigan (3-5-2): Al-Habsi 6; Ramis 6, Caldwell 7, Figueroa 7; Boyce 7, McArthur 6, McCarthy 7, Maloney 7 (Gomez 58, 6), Beausejour 6 (Jones 69, 6); Di Santo 7, Kone 6.
Subs not used: Pollitt, Crusat, Watson, Boselli, Miyaichi. Booked: Boyce, McArthur.
Referee: Michael Oliver 5.
Man of the match: Paul Scholes.
Attendance: 75,142.

It was like a changing of the guard when
on 71 minutes Scholes, who marked his 700th appearance with a goal,
just as he did his 100th, 200th, 300th, 400th, and 500th, was replaced
by Powell, who completed the scoring with a Scholes-like 20-yard shot
into the top corner.

'The boy is going to be a really good player, who we hope is going to fill Paul Scholes's boots,' said Ferguson.

'He's got terrific vision, a good temperament, two great feet, he's quick and is a great striker of the ball.'

Ferguson was also pleased with the performance of left back Alexander Buttner, who also marked his debut with a goal.

'Some of his play was good but I think he was a little bit rash at times,' he said.

'He has a great engine and enthusiasm but is raw, with a lot of rough edges.'

Roberto Martinez says he wants to stick to his football principles

I won't go against my principles: Martinez not keen to turn Wigan into defensive side

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UPDATED:

12:37 GMT, 16 September 2012

Roberto Martinez has admitted he would prefer to be criticised for sticking to his football principles than adopting a safety-first attitude that would condemn Wigan to defeat anyway.

After picking up four points from their previous two games, the Latics found Manchester United too good at Old Trafford.

Although they held out for 50 minutes before Paul Scholes marked his 700th United appearance by prodding the hosts in front, Wigan had seemed to offer their opponents too much room.

Sticking to his principles: Wigan manager Roberto Martinez gestures during the defeat to Manchester United

Sticking to his principles: Wigan manager Roberto Martinez gestures during the defeat to Manchester United

And with goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi having a rare off-day, it was not a surprise when the floodgates eventually opened.

The damage might have been restricted had Wigan tightened up – but Martinez will not do anything which limits his players' capacity to express themselves.

'It would have been too easy to be very defensive minded, not have a proper go and lose 1-0 with a damage-limitation performance,' he said.

'My team will never play like that and we will learn a lot.'

No help from the officials: Wigan players surround Michael Oliver after he awards a penalty against them at Old Trafford

No help from the officials: Wigan players surround Michael Oliver after he awards a penalty against them at Old Trafford

The additional handicap Wigan had to try to overcome was the huge amount of travelling many of his players had to do during the international break.

And their performance for those first 50 minutes offers Martinez hope that last year's catastrophe can be avoided.

For 12 months ago, after a bright start, Wigan returned from the September internationals and promptly lost eight successive Premier League matches, a run that dumped them into the relegation zone – from which they did not emerge until the thrilling final weeks of the entire campaign.

'I am not going to lie,' said Martinez. 'We have really struggled after international breaks.

'This week some of them didn't come back until Friday. Some had a 10-hour flight.

'It is not an ideal way to prepare for any game. But last year was a completely different squad.

'We are still a work in progress but we have good, healthy competition for places, and I know we can improve.'

Danny Welbeck blasted by Roberto Martinez for diving and dangerous tackle

Furious Martinez blasts Welbeck for diving and 'reckless' challenge on Di Santo

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UPDATED:

19:55 GMT, 15 September 2012

Danny Welbeck's reputation took a heavy fall at Old Trafford on Saturday when Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez accused him of diving to win a penalty and claimed he should have also been sent off for a ‘reckless’ late challenge on striker Franco di Santo.

Welbeck, 21, was already under the spotlight after being shown on television replays trying to win a penalty for England against Ukraine with a theatrical fall at Wembley on Tuesday.

And he incensed the normally calm Martinez when he invited contact from Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi after four minutes at Old Trafford then sprawled forward, arms outstretched, before rolling on to the ground.

Tumble: Danny Welbeck goes to ground after rounding Ali Al-Habsi

Tumble: Danny Welbeck goes to ground after rounding Ali Al-Habsi

The Premier League’s youngest referee,
27-year-old Michael Oliver, pointed to the spot but Javier Hernandez’s
weak effort was saved by Al-Habsi.

‘The penalty was as bad a decision as
you are going to see in the Premier League. You know what he’s trying to
do. If you see the replay, you will see what I’m trying to say.

‘It was a shocking decision. He dived.’

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson now has to decide whether to have a private word with Welbeck about going to ground too easily.

His team-mate Ashley Young suffered with the same problem last season and earned a reputation for trying to win soft penalties.

Martinez also felt Welbeck should have been dismissed for the late lunge on Di Santo.

Oliver brandished a yellow card for
the challenge but Martinez said: ‘There were some tackles that if it had
been the other way around there would have been a couple of red cards.

‘In Welbeck’s last challenge, his foot is over the ball on Franco. It is a red card.’

United's biggest win of the season was scarred by a short burst of anti-Liverpool chanting from a small minority of home fans.

On
Friday, Sir Alex Ferguson expressed the hope that, following this
week's damning judgement on the Hillsborough tragedy in 1989, when 96
people died, a line could be drawn in the sand on the sour relations
between the two sets of supporters.

Complaint: Roberto Martinez also blasted him for a challenge on Franco Di Santo

Complaint: Roberto Martinez also blasted him for a challenge on Franco Di Santo

Unhappy: Martinez was annoyed at Welbeck

Unhappy: Martinez was annoyed at Welbeck

It is a feeling shared by all senior figures at Old Trafford, who can only hope the songs are not repeated when United head to Anfield next Sunday.

'The manager has made the club's position very clear on this matter,' said United after the game. 'It is now up to the fans to respect that.'

Andre Marriner named as referee for QPR v Chelsea as John Terry and Anton Ferdinand set to play

Marriner named referee for Terry and Ferdinand reunion at Loftus Road

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UPDATED:

11:08 GMT, 12 September 2012

Andre Marriner will be the man in the middle when John Terry and Anton Ferdinand come face to face at Loftus Road on Saturday.

The referee has been appointed as the official for the highly charged London derby between QPR and Chelsea in which Terry and Ferdinand are expected to come face to face for the first time since the Chelsea skipper was cleared in a criminal court in June of a racially-aggravated offence during a clash with Hoops defender last October.

Marriner was in charge when Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was accused of racially-abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.

Chelsea captain John Terry

QPR's Anton Ferdinand

Head to head: John Terry and Anton Ferdinand are set to face each other on Saturday

Injury doubts have surrounded both players but they will be fit for Saturday.

Ferdinand trained on Tuesday after overcoming a shoulder injury while Terry has recovered from an ankle problem suffered playing for England against Moldova.

In the weekend's other games, Chris Foy will be in charge of Norwich v West Ham, while Kevin Friend is the man in the middle for Arsenal's game with Southampton.

Man in the middle: Andre Marriner will take charge of QPR's game with Chelsea

Man in the middle: Andre Marriner will take charge of QPR's game with Chelsea

Lee Mason is the official for Aston Villa's match with Swansea while Roger East will be in charge at Craven Cottage for Fulham's game with West Brom.

Michael Oliver will be at Old Trafford taking charge of Manchester United's game with Wigan while Mark Clattenburg will be in the middle for Stoke v Manchester City.

Martin Atkinson will be in charge of Sunderland v Liverpool, while Howard Webb will be the referee for Sunday's game between Reading and Tottenham.

While Monday's game between Everton and Newcastle will be taken charge of by Mike Jones.

Everton manager David Moyes Everton targets more signings to build on promising start

Everton manager Moyes targets more signings to build on promising start

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UPDATED:

19:39 GMT, 25 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

David Moyes hailed Everton's
first-half performance in the 3-1 win at Aston Villa, but insisted the
Merseysiders should be judged after 10 games and not the opening brace
of victories.

Goals from Steven Pienaar, Marouane
Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic saw the Toffees follow up Monday's home win
over Manchester United in style.

Slow starters Everton's Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring his second goal of the season

Slow starters Everton's Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring his second goal of the season

MATCH FACTS

Aston Villa: Given, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Clark, N'Zogbia, Herd (Lichaj 59), El Ahmadi, Bannan (Weimann 70), Delfouneso (Holman 46), Bent.

Subs Not Used: Guzan, Ireland, Delph, Burke.

Sent Off: Clark (58).

Booked: El Ahmadi.

Goals: El Ahmadi 74.

Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Pienaar, Gibson (Mirallas 70), Naismith (Coleman 64), Jelavic (Heitinga 87), Fellaini.

Subs Not Used: Mucha, Gueye, Barkley, Anichebe.

Goals: Pienaar 3, Fellaini 31, Jelavic 43.

Attendance: 36,565

Referee: Michael Oliver

Villa could only manage a late consolation from Karim El Ahmadi as they slumped to their second defeat of the campaign.

Moyes said: 'The first half, I said to the players, at times it was as good as I've seen for a long time at Everton.

'We missed a few chances before we scored but we played very well.

'We have won two out of two. We've always been good finishers to a season, and we've just got to make sure it doesn't happen in reverse.

'The job is to keep us going in the right direction. If you win two, it gets you off to an initial good start but you are judged a bit more after 10 games.'

Moyes will look to strengthen his squad before the transfer window closes on Friday.

He said: 'I don't think it is my strongest squad (ever). We have just not got any injuries at the moment.

'I've got a bit of cover in some places but the numbers are down. But the flexibility we've got in the squad with [Steven] Naismith, Fellaini, [Leon] Osman, [Kevin] Mirallas, means we can cover things.

'But if we lost any group of numbers, we'd be struggling.

Going well: Fellaini celebrates scoring his side's second goal

Going well: Fellaini celebrates scoring his side's second goal

'I'd like to add to the squad if we
could just to make sure we've got enough bodies. If I can add a loan or
something came up which we could manage, then I would look to do it.'

Villa gave the appearance of a side which needs to be strengthened before the transfer window closes.

Manager Paul Lambert did not disclose
his plans but admitted: '[Owner] Randy Lerner, myself and [chief
executive] Paul Faulkner will sit and see what's going to happen.

'If something comes available and I think it's worthwhile, then you can look at it.'

Villa, who won only four home games last season, were always chasing the game after Everton's early strikes.

Lambert said: 'I was really
disappointed. You can't in any game of football give someone a couple of
goals start, particularly a team like Everton.

'You can't do it. The only pleasing thing was the second half – we kept going, which was pleasing, but the horse has bolted.

'You could sense the fans'
frustration. Absolutely, you're 3-0 down at home! You can sense it. It's
my responsibility. I take the blame for it.

'But there's a chance to rectify it on Tuesday [against Tranmere in the Capital One Cup].'

To add to Villa's misery, defender Ciaran Clark was sent off for a professional foul on Jelavic after 58 minutes.

Lambert said: 'I don't think it was a
malicious challenge. If he's the last man then the referee has done
what he's done. It wasn't a bad tackle really.'

High riser: Fellaini scores heads home his goal

High riser: Fellaini scores heads home his goal