PREMIER LEAGUE RESULTS: England stars impress for Villa as they defeat Fulham
ASTON Villa secured their second win on the trot after outclassing a depleted Fulham side at Villa Park.
BACK ON TRACK: Gabby Agbonlahor involved with both goals as Villa down Fulham 2-0 at Villa Park
Martin O'Neill's men were booed off the pitch after losing their opening day match at home to Wigan but it was a different story against the Cottagers as a John Pantsil own goal and a Gabby Agbonlahor strike gave Villa a 2-0 win.
The two sides had differing fortunes in Europe on Thursday with Fulham booking their place in the Europa League group stage and Villa missing out on away goals after a 2-1 second leg victory against Rapid Vienna.
But the Villains were the livelier of the two on Sunday with England stars Ashley Young and Agbonlahor a constant threat to Mark Schwarzer in the Fulham goal.
"I know the first one wasn't my goal but the main thing was that we'd gone 1-0 up," said Agbonlahor. "I didn't think I had that much space for my goal so I just though I'd geet a shot away and luckily it went in.
"We worked hard against Liverpool last week and we didn't want to change things and luckily it went well for us today."
And it was Young who caused the first goal after just four minutes when he fired a swinging corner into the area where Pantsil could only head the ball into the roof of his own net.
The home crowd were made to wait until the 59th minute for the next goal when Agbonlahor skipped past new Fulham midfielder Jonathan Greening before scoring from the edge of the area with a left footed strike.
Meanwhile, Everton picked up their first points of the season after a 2-1 victory over Wigan at Goodison Park.
There was little between the two sides in a mundane first half but Paul Scharner headed the visitors ahead from a Charles N'Zogbia cross in the 57th minute and Wigan could have been two up minutes later when Jordi Gomez hit the post.
But the lucky escape seemed to inspire the Toffees and they surged forward with Louis Saha heading in the equaliser in the 62nd minute.
And just as the match looked destined for a draw, former Wigan defender Leighton Baines dealt his old club a sucker punch by converting an Everton penalty after substitute Jo had been brought down by Emerson Boyce in the area.
Elsewhere Portsmouth's miserable start to the season continued as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City at Fratton Park.
Pompey were again without England keeper David James and his replacement Asmir Begovic was helpless to prevent Emmanuel Adebayor's bullet header from close range in the 30th minute.
It was the Togo striker's third goal in as many games since his summer transfer from Arsenal and maintains his side's 100 per cent record this season.