Dean Smith has admitted that the scoreline flattered his Aston Villa side as they beat Everton 3-0 on Saturday evening.

The Blues' unbeaten start to 2021/22 came crashing down in the midlands thanks to strikes from Matty Cash and Leon Bailey coming either side of an unfortunate Lucas Digne own goal.

All three came in quick succession for the hosts as they took full advantage of a raucous Villa Park atmosphere to eventually blow Rafa Benitez's side away to secure all three points.

Up until the first goal Everton were right in the match and had chances of their own to take the lead, with Demarai Gray especially again looking strong in the final third.

And Smith later admitted that he didn't think the score of the match really reflected the balance of the game.

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The Villa manager remarked: "I thought it was a very unjust scoreline [vs Chelsea] and I thought today flattered us a little bit.

"I don't think it was a 3-0, but after we got the first goal it was all guns blazing and we got two other good goals as well.

"We probably had an edgy spell for five minutes just before we scored that first goal as well.

"We want to be challenging the likes of Chelsea, Everton, Manchester United - you have to have a good squad to do that and a good bench."

Bailey came off the bench on Saturday evening to score the final goal of the match, while it was his whipped corner that was also headed into his own net by Digne.

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Some reports had linked Everton with a potential swoop for the Jamaica international throughout the summer, but a move never materialised.

And Smith went on to praise the impact of the 24-year-old and believes he will be crucial for his side's season.

"He's one who's going to be a crowd favourite here, that's for sure," he added.

"He's got great ability, scored a great goal and had great delivery from the set piece as well. He gets bums off seats and that's what supporters at this club want to see."