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by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

Kevin Mirallas insists Saturday's 3-3 draw with Aston Villa should be considered a 'valuable' point in hindsight.

The Midlanders became the first team in two years to score more than two goals at Goodison and looked set to pull off a surprise result given the 14 places between the two sides ahead of kick-off.

But Marouane Fellaini's late double - the second three minutes into injury time - ensured the spoils were shared, with both managers left rueing what they considered to be dropped points.

On reflection of the game, Mirallas admitted the Blues should have made the most of their openings in front of goal, but was pleased with a last-gasp leveller.

He told evertontv: "I suppose it's a welcome point and when you look at the game on the whole and how it finished up, we were relieved to get a draw. With all the chances we had, we probably did enough to win. Okay, we're still in fifth but it would have been much better if we had got all three points.

"Villa certainly made our task very difficult. All games are tough in this league, but when you come up against someone who on paper have a very good squad but have had difficulties, they can make you fight hard and battle for the points. We had to do that all the way today."

While Mirallas was instrumental in Everton's first goal, providing the assist for Victor Anichebe's strike, the summer signing praised his compatriot Fellaini for his game-changing double.

"It's certainly not the first time he's helped us," he said.

"Let's hope he can keep doing that for us until the end of the season. It's down to him that we got that valuable point in the end."

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