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Everton v Aston Villa

Everton's 1-1 halloween draw with Aston Villa was neither a trick nor a treat for David Moyes' side.

While the result saw the Blues arrest their three game losing streak, this was a game in which they were the better side.

And further frustration was endured by the late dismissal of Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, the Russian who gave Everton a first half lead.

John Carew equlaised with his first touch after the break for the visitors, who also finished with ten men after Carlos Cuellar saw red.

Everton were the more progressive side in the first half, even though chances weren't exactly free-flowing.

Bily slots home from 12 yardsBilly slots home from 12 yards

Yakubu, making his first league start since the horrific Achilles injury he suffered last year, looked lively in the opening period and he helped create a dangerous position for Bilyaletdinov inside ten minutes. James Collins saved the day for visitors, depriving Marouane Fellaini a sight at goal.

The Belgian sent a long-ranger in soon after though, and Leighton Baines fired a free-kick at the wall.

James Milner suffered the same problem with his own set piece at the other end but Everton looked more likely to break the deadlock.

Yakubu headed wide after a delightful lofted pass from John Heitinga just before the half hour, but Stephen Warnock went uncomfortably close five minutes later to serve notice of Villa's threat.

Carew equalises with his first touchCarew equalises with his first touch

Finally, though, in first half stoppage time, the Blues took the lead. Tim Cahill chased down a ball in the Villa left-back position and sent in a cross that bobbled around Yakubu's feet before falling to Bilyaletdinov who made no mistake with a precise side-foot effort.

But the good work was undone in frustrating fashion inside the first minute of the second period.

Everton failed to clear successive Villa crosses and Carew, on at the break, scored after Tim Howard had saved well from Agbonlahor.

Petrov had a vicious drive deflected over with half an hour to go but chances had dried up for both sides.

Bilyaletdinov celebrates his openerBilyaletdinov celebrates his opener - woe was to follow

To try and change that, Moyes brought on Louis Saha for the last eighteen minutes or so.

Jack Rodwell sliced a shot wide from distance and Warnock nodded away well with Cahill poised to head in a Baines cross with seven minutes left.

It looked as if Everton were the likelier scorers and sub Saha rifled wide soon afterwards.

But the Blues' hopes of a winner were dented when goalscorer Bilyaletdinov was dismissed for a two-footed challenge with three minutes left. Carlos Cuellar followed the Russian down the tunnel for a second yellow moments later and neither side could muster a dramatic winner.

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