The Bafana Bafana star had a quiet game in an exciting encounter, which saw a late flurry of three goals in six minutes as Everton, leading 1-0, allowed Villa to equalise, then took the lead again – only to let it slip with five minutes to go.
With two games remaining, Everton need at least four points to secure a European place.
Blackburn Rovers, without their South African contingent of Benni McCarthy and Aaron Mokoena, moved up to 8th position on the log following a 1-0 away win against Portsmouth at the coast.
In the Championship, Burton O’Brien’s Sheffield Wednesday moved out of the drop zone after a priceless 3-1 away win over Leicester City, with the 27-year-old Johannesburg-born player still on the injury list.
The Owls’ win lifted themselves above the Foxes and the club has slashed ticket prices by 50 percent for next week’s vital tussle against Matty Pattison’s Norwich City, who comfortably beat QPR 3-0 on Saturday.
Pattison, who didn’t see much action, was replaced in the 63rd minute.
At the beginning of the season, Andrew Surman told KickOff.com that, “one final push would hopefully see Southampton in the Premiership”.
However, despite a heroic 1-1 draw against log leaders West Bromwich Albion yesterday, his side have it all to do on the final day of the season if they are to avoid the drop to the third tier of English football.
The left-sided midfielder was a busy man, taking numerous throw-ins and supplying three good crosses but after getting so close to promotion last season, the Saints are in real danger of two relegations in quick succession.
Glynn Hurst missed a great opportunity in the 21st minute of Bury’s League Two game against Rochdale, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Later he was twice offside and was eventually taken off with 10 minutes to go.