Villa fans walk out as Everton win at stroll
Aston Villa fans made their feelings about the club's desperate predicament known with their feet as many staged a walk-out in protest during last night's 3-1 home defeat to Everton.
Upon their 74th-minute exit, signifying when Villa were founded in 1874, they had endured the best part of an 18th Barclays Premier League defeat of the season as goals from Ramiro Funes Mori, Aaron Lennon and Romelu Lukaku had Everton firmly in control.
They missed substitute Rudy Gestede head a reply shortly afterwards but it was far too little, too late with Villa still eight points adrift at the bottom.
Villa boss Remi Garde said: "The situation is difficult but we have to fight until the end. I try to make sure that everybody still believes it is possible (to escape relegation)."
Everton manager Roberto Martinez said: "We managed the game well. It's always difficult when you're away from home to get a real good composure but we had that.
"It's a performance that won't get the credit it deserves. Aston Villa had a lot of fight."
A stunning 90th minute goal from Fabio Borini earned Sunderland a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace at the Stadium of Light.
Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce said: "(Borini's goal was) world class, absolutely out of the top drawer of goals you can score. It was in the back of the net before the goalkeeper could begin to move.
"Pace, power, accuracy. That should have been the winner though. Our frailties have come to light again and it's saved us from defeat, not won us the game."
Dame N'Doye had given the home side the lead before a Connor Wickham double.
Goals from Steve Cook and Benik Afobe gave Bournemouth a 2-0 win at home to Southampton to ease relegation fears.
Cherries boss Eddie Howe said: "We were on the front foot from the off. In previous games we haven't got goals when we have been dominant. The team functioned and when we play well we are difficult to beat."