Aston Villa 1 Everton 2
Everton continued their mini revival after a deserved 2-1 Carabao Cup win at Aston Villa. James Garner's first Toffees goal and Dominic Calvert-Lewin's strike fired the visitors into the fourth round.
Boubacar Kamara's late strike gave the scoreline a flattering look after Everton bossed much of the game against their disappointing hosts.
Villa routed the Toffees 4-0 in the Premier League last month but Sean Dyche's side have begun to mount their recovery following a wretched start.
Successive victories for the first time under Dyche - and first for a year - will continue to rouse the Toffees. With Luton and Bournemouth next to visit Goodison Park there is the chance to find real momentum.
For Villa, whose last major trophy was the 1996 League Cup, it was another disappointing night for a club which so desperately wants to challenge the elite.
They will continue to remain on the fringes with similar performances as they strive for consistency, having won 1-0 at Chelsea on Sunday.
There was never any sign Unai Emery's side would build on that result during a sloppy display where they were outfought and overpowered.
Youri Tielemans' half-volley landed on the roof of the net after seven minutes but that was as good as it got in the first half.
Everton quickly found a tempo which the hosts struggled with and one which, ultimately, forced a 15th-minute opener.
Robin Olsen was put under pressure and his poor clearance landed kindly for Amadou Onana on the edge of the area, before Calvert-Lewin and Arnaut Danjuma worked the ball back to him.
The midfielder then clipped a cute ball through to Garner to lash in from 10 yards with the Villa defence static.
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