FT: Southampton 0 Everton 0

The referee blows his whistle to end the match. No goals here tonight but there was quite a bit of action. Both sides shouldn't be too disappointed with a point.

Too much pressure is put on Boruc as he punches clear an Everton corner. The referee gives Southampton a free-kick.

Everton rightly have an appeal for a penalty turned down as Naismith slips in a tangle with Yoshida.

Not from this shot as Mirallas' low effort is easily gathered by Boruc.

Not much has happened in additional time so far. Will we see some late drama?

Clyne shows too much of the ball to Baines and the defender takes possession.

We will have four minutes of additional time.

Schneiderlin's corner from the right is headed clear at the near post by Anichebe. The corners haven't caused quite as many problems since Ramirez went off.

Southampton make their final change of the night with Steve De Ridder replacing Puncheon.

The corner from the left falls to Hooiveld in the box but he can't make a proper connection with the ball and it gently goes out for a goal-kick.

Puncheon slips in the box and allows Jagielka the chance to clear. Southampton win back the ball and push forward to force Neville to concede a corner.

Anichebe sees a pass drift away from him and behind for a goal-kick. This has been a quieter spell for Everton with Rodriguez looking good for Southampton.

Puncheon's corner from the right is met by Lambert at the far post and the striker sends his header narrowly over the top of the bar. Pretty close for Southampton.

Rodriguez wins another corner as his cross from the right is charged down by Baines.

Clyne's cross from the right is headed clear by Jagielka as Southampton look to up the pressure.

Good work from Naismith to win the ball from Davis on the left flank and work a short pass for Baines to clear.

Puncheon's corner from the right is very poor and Distin easily heads clear at the near post.

Rodriguez's cross from the right is deflected behind for a corner.

Everton see a spell of possession end as Naismith's weak header is collected by Shaw and fired up the pitch.

Those breaks in play have slightly reduced the tempo of the match. I'm sure it will jump back up as both sides push for the opening goal in this entertaining contest.

Schneiderlin is back on the field as the game gets back under way.

We have another break in play as Schneiderlin receives treatment after colliding with Fellaini.

Mirallas is the latest player to miss a good chance as he fires a half-volley wide of goal from 10 yards. Both sides will be disappointed they have failed to find the back of the net tonight.

Puncheon was off the pitch as Ramirez's match ended. He had to return to the dressing room because of a call of nature. The midfielder has returned now as the game continues.

The very impressive Ramirez leaves the action to be replaced by Steven Davis.

Southampton have an injury worry as Ramirez sits on the ground. He returns to his feet but that will end his game.

The corner from the left is cleared to Pienaar on the left and his cross is punched away by Boruc. The Southampton goalkeeper has done well tonight.

Anichebe is played through in space in the box but he can't convert the chance as Boruc knocks the ball behind for a corner.

Lambert can't find Puncheon or Rodriguez as they charge forward. Distin does well to turn his pass away from the edge of the box.

Everton make another change with Kevin Mirallas making his return from injury to replace the frustrated Jelavic.

Baines' cross from the left is easily gathered by Boruc in the middle of his six-yard box. Still no goals in this game but there has certainly been lots to enjoy.

Rodriguez's corner from the left is punched away from his near post by Howard. The Everton goalkeeper hasn't had as much to do in this half.

Will be interesting to see how those changes change the flow of the match. Anichebe has already looked lively for Everton.

First change of the night from Southampton as Jay Rodriguez replaces Guly.

Anichebe cross from the left flank finds Jelavic unmarked in the middle of the box. The striker can't take advantage of the chance as the ball bobbles away from him and his cleared.

Puncheon is frustrated as his fall on the edge of the Everton box fails to win a free-kick.

The corner is cleared by Southampton after a little bit of a scramble. Everton have been much better in the second half.

The corner is knocked to Osman on the edge of the box and his resulting effort is deflected behind for another flag-kick.

Everton make a change before the corner with Victor Anichebe the man to replace Coleman.

Everton get a corner as Shaw heads the ball behind.

Fellaini steps in to stop Cork's attempted pass to Guly on the edge of the box. Everton are just preparing to make the change but they are currently down to 10 men.

The injury caused by stretching to block Shaw's cross ends Coleman's game as he makes his way down the tunnel. Sub to follow.

We have a break in play as Coleman gets some treatment.

Ramirez's corner from the left is cleared to Shaw on the edge of the box. His effort is blocked and Everton clear.

Shaw does really well to charge down the left flank and wins a corner as his cross is deflected behind by Coleman.

Osman's foul on Shaw allows him to become the second man booked tonight.

The resulting corner from the left is met by the head of Fellaini but his close-ranger effort is gathered by Boruc.

Coleman's cross from the right falls to Fellaini at the far post. The midfielder takes aim from close-range but Boruc produces a save. Corner to Everton.

Ramirez's jinking run forward is halted by a strong challenge from Neville. Everton have been playing with a bit more tempo after the break.

Coleman tries to cut in from the right flank but he only manages to run into a row of Southampton players and the ball is lost.

Everton certainly need to offer more in this half. They were very disappointing in the first 45 minutes.

Everton start this half with a little bit more intent as a cross from the right is cleared away from Jelavic by Yoshida.

The action is back under way.

Everton are now 7/4 to win this match with Sky Bet, Southampton are 9/4 and the draw is 11/8. Southampton to win 1-0 and Lambert to score is price boosted to 14/1 and a 1-0 Everton win with Jelavic on target can be backed at 16/1.

The referee blows his whistle to end the first half. Southampton were the better team but no goals have arrived and you would expect more from Everton after the break.

There will be one minute of additional time.

Jelavic is caught offside in a similar fashion to Naismith a few minutes ago. This hasn't been the greatest 45 minutes from Everton but the score remains 0-0.

Puncheon's cross from the left is met by Lambert but there is more frustration for Southampton as the header from 10 yards goes wide of goal.

Howard has a moment of panic as he races out to challenge Guly. He gets away with it as the winger races away from goal in the search for space.

Naismith and Jelavic look to work a one-two and it only just fails as Boruc races out of his goal to gather the ball.

Pienaar is caught offside as he fails in his bid to beat the Southampton defence's line.

That was quite a scramble. Southampton should be in the lead and you would be surprised if Everton were quite as quiet after the break.

This Ramirez corner from the right sees Lambert's header cleared off the line by Baines. The ball then falls to Hooiveld and his effort is parried away by Howard.

Ramirez is at it again as his powerful drive is turned behind for a corner by Howard.

Ramirez is crowded out by Phil Neville and Distin. Southampton don't let that worry them as they work quickly to win the ball back. They work it to Lambert in the box but Coleman stays strong to against the striker. Lambert tumbles but the referee is right to ignore this penalty appeal.

Really good work from Cork in midfield to win the ball from Steven Pienaar and start another spell of possession for Southampton.

It takes a while but Everton do get a free-kick for a very slight push on Fellaini by Puncheon. The referee took his time to make that decision.

Southampton get a free-kick in their own half as Jack Cork falls over Osman.

Ramirez's free-kick from the right flank too deep and runs away from Maya Yoshida. Southampton appeal for a penalty as the defender tumbled under a push from Distin. The referee ignores them but it was well worth a shout.

Southampton enjoy a spell of possession at the back and Everton aren't too worried by that. They have men behind the ball.

Southampton still the better side. Ramirez and Lambert are working really well together to give Everton's defence plenty of problems.

Fellaini uses his strength to overpower Nathaniel Clyne and win the ball back for Everton.

David Moyes is up to give instructions to Everton. One of them should be to try and stop Ramirez running the show.

Lambert uses some lovely skill to make space for a shot but Howard is equal to the challenge and parries the ball clear. He left Jagielka on the ground with a neat dummy.

A little bit of play in the midfield ends with an Everton throw.

Everton have seen a bit more of the ball in the last few minutes. They will hope that continues after Southampton started the match on top.

Baines' free-kick is overhit and Boruc gathers with ease.

Jos Hooiveld picks up the first booking of the match for a foul on Fellaini halfway in the Southampton half.

Naismith's half-volley from just inside the penalty area is straight at Boruc and easily dealt with by the goalkeeper.

Ramirez's attempted through ball to Guly is gathered by Howard just ahead of the Southampton man. Very lively display from the hosts so far.

Lambert's fantastic free-kick from 35 yards strikes the right hand post of the goal and bounces away from danger. What an effort that was from the striker.

Baines' corner from the left is met by Sylvain Distin just inside the penalty area but his header can only trickle behind for a goal-kick.

Baines' effort takes a deflection to go well wide of the Southampton goal and behind for a corner.

Osman wins a free-kick as his attempt to turn on the halfway line is topped by a foul from Morgan Schneiderlin.

Very good defending from Seamus Coleman as he ushers Guly off the ball and wins a throw-in for Everton deep in their own half.

Ramirez has been the best player at the start of this match. He looks in the mood to impress and that can only serve Southampton well.

Ramirez's corner from the right just about goes straight over the top of the bar and out for a goal-kick. A mild bit of panic there for Howard.

Ramirez's effort takes a looping deflection and Howard is forced to turn the ball behind for a corner.

Jelavic sends a weak header wide of Boruc's left hand post. No need to panic for Southampton.

Play starts again but Everton quickly win another free-kick as Leon Osman is tripped by Ramirez on the left flank.

Guly slides in on Jagielka to give Everton a free-kick. The Southampton man is lucky to avoid a booking.

Southampton have started this match with 72 per cent of the possession. They have certainly looked the more likely side to open the scoring.

Ramirez's corner from the right falls to Puncheon on the opposite flank. Everton stay strong and win the ball back to clear. Lots of defending for the away side to do in the early stages.

Puncheon makes space on the edge of the box and sees his shot deflected wide for a corner.

Luke Shaw runs the ball out of play for a goal-kick as he deals with the attention of Naismith. Southampton have started this match brightly.

Gaston Ramirez's corner from the right goes narrowly over the top of everyone's heads and out of play for a goal-kick.

Lambert's low cross from the right is nearly turned into his own net by the sliding Jagielka. He just about gets away with it as the ball goes wide of Tim Howard's near post for a corner.

Rickie Lambert concedes a free-kick as he bundles Phil Jagielka over in an aerial challenge.

A neat spell of passing from Southampton ends as Marouane Fellaini wins the ball from Jason Puncheon.

Leighton Baines' cross from the left is claimed with ease by Artur Boruc despite a little bit of pressure from Steven Naismith.

Here we go. Everton win the ball back early from Southampton.

Mauricio Pochettino has made his way to the Southampton bench and there are quite a few fans singing 'there's only one Nigel Adkins'.

The players are out on the pitch and shaking hands.

A bit more info on the betting front now from Sky Bet's Jamie Casey: "Rickie Lambert is 4/1 to score anytime in a Southampton win tonight, while Jason Puncheon to score & Saints to win 1-0 is 80/1 with Sky Bet. Other price boosts available ahead of kick-off include Marouane Fellaini to score first (11/2 from 5/1) and the Toffees to win 3-0 (18/1 from 16/1)."

Elliot comments: "I don't like seeing non-Southampton fans wishing us to be relegated. It isn't the fans or the clubs fault that Nigel was treated this way. And surely us being relegated would mean all Nigel work to get us back to the Premiership would have been for nothing? If you want to respect him, then surely you'd want all his hard work to come off in the end?"

Southampton fan Gary King writes: "Key to this sad situation is what the players think and feel. If they are not worried then we needn't worry but if they do then it's got to be the worst decision and timing in the world. Sadly we shall never know about the players and the fans feelings will be irrelevant. If they like us feel that it is an awful unjust thoughtless decision then we are domed but if in actual fact they just see it as just another game we will be ok. It seems like another Capello to me and I'm sure it will end that way!"

Peter Lawson writes: "I support neither Soton nor Everton - and live in France, but I hope Everton win because Soton deserve their comeuppance for having sacked Nigel Adkins who had done so much for them. The fact that I'm a northerner does not influence me in this game."

A little bit of detail on the sides for tonight. Rickie Lambert is back for Southampton tonight in Mauricio Pochettino's first match in charge. Steven Davis sits on the bench. Everton make one change with Steven Naismith replacing Victor Anichebe.

Here are some of the odds from Sky Bet. Everton start as the 19/20 favourites to claim victory tonight with Southampton at 11/4. The draw is a 5/2 shot. There are price boosts for Rickie Lambert to score first at 7/1 and Marouane Fellanini at 11/2.

The Everton team is: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Naismith, Pienaar, Neville, Osman, Fellaini, Jelavic, Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Mirallas, Hitzlsperger, Anichebe, Duffy

The Southampton team is: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw, Puncheon, Schneiderlin, Cork, Guly, Ramirez, Lambert, Subs: K Davis, S Davis, Rodriguez, Fox, Richardson, Chaplow, De Ridder

Welcome to our live coverage of the Monday Night Football clash between Southampton and Everton. There is plenty of focus on the Saints after the decision to sack Nigel Adkins on Friday and replace him with Mauricio Pochettino. Team news will follow very soon so get the e-mails sent to nick.hext@bskyb.com.

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