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Half-Time Report: Phil Jagielka nods Everton into half-time lead

Everton lead Aston Villa 1-0 at half time thanks to Phil Jagielka's third goal in his last five games for club and country.

Everton lead Aston Villa 1-0 at the break thanks to Phil Jagielka's header in the 18th minute at Goodison Park.

Ross Barkley looked like a man intent on making up for lost time in his first start of the season, and fired an effort over the bar in the sixth minute before drawing Kieran Richardson into a foul on the edge of the box shortly afterwards.

Phil Jagielka of Everton turns to celebrate after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Aston Villa at Goodison Park on October 18, 2014© Getty Images

In the 18th minute Everton took the lead as Leighton Baines's wicked delivery was nodded home from close range by Jagielka, who has taken his tally to three goals in his last five games for Everton and England.

Villa were restricted to speculative efforts for the first half-hour, but Alan Hutton almost levelled with a left-footed strike from the edge of the box which curled just wide of the far post.

It was then the turn of Everton's right-back to come close, as his powerful drive was turned away by a sprawling Brad Guzan who ensured his side went into the break just one goal behind.

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Everton's Ross Barkley celebrates after scoring the opening goal against QPR during their FA Cup third round match on January 4, 2013
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