It’s all over at St Mary’s as Southampton stop the skid and claim a well-deserved 3-0 win over Everton, who were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal.
Everton looking dejected now after Lukaku is thwarted once more by Forster, the England international saving well with his legs after a good turn by the Belgian on the penalty spot.
Everton looking to add some respectability to the scoreline now but are met by a stern Southampton defence once more.
three minutes of stoppage time added on by referee Moss.
Davis tries his luck from distance and comes ever so close to finding the top-corner, with Howard beaten.
Youngster Gape comes on for the impressive Long, who terrorised the Everton defence from start to finish today.
Baines gets to the byline and puts in a great cross for Luaku, who heads wide from close range.
Bertrand nearly adds a fourth a after Pelle’s knockdown, but the Chelsea loanee’s effort drifts agonisingly wide.
Southampton coasting to a well-deserved victory now, confidently stroking it around.
Barkley has been the brightest player for Everton and once again stings the palms of Forster, who hangs on tightly.
Goal! Yoshida heads home from close range after latching onto a superb cross in from Davis with the outside of his foot to put the Saints out of sight.
Reed and Besic at it again, the Bosnian once again fouling the Saints youngster.
Ward-Prowse off for Targett.
Lukaku produces a venmous effort from distance but Forster is on hand to pull of an acrobatic save and maintain his side’s advantage.
Clyne on the cover once more, this time the fullback thwarting his opposite number Baines to put it out for a throw.
Jagielka looking long to Lukaku, but his pass is far too long and goes out for a goal-kick.
Everton looking for an opening once more, with the Saints seemingly content to hang onto their lead and play on the counter.
Barlkey’s shot from the free-kick goes straight into the wall and falls to Besic, who blasts his effort way over the bar.
Everton win a free-kick in a dangerous position as Fonte takes out Barkley, the youngster just nicking it away.
Clyne tries his luck from distance but the England international’s effort lacked the pace or direction to trouble Howard.
Howard keeps the Toffees in the game with an excellent save as Fonte’s powerful header is parried away.
Reed fouled by Besic again, another dangerous area for Ward-Prowse to whip it in.
Goal! Long and Pelle linking up well as the Italian latched onto Long’s knockdown following Clyne’s brilliant ball into the area. 2-0 to the Saints.
Foul by Eto’o on Yochida, free-kick Southampton.
Southampton throw after a sloppy touch from Baines down the left see the ball go out of play.
Long puts Jagielka under pressure once more but the Toffees captain’s touch back to Howard has just enough on it for the American to clear.
Everton looking vulnerable to the counter-attack, but Southampton haven’t managed to find an outlet as of yet.
Everton’s pressure intensifying as they go in search for the eqauliser, but Baines cross into the box goes over everyone and is cleared by Clyne.
Crucial clearance from Distin after Bertrand flashes a cross across the six-yard box, with Long waiting menacingly at the far post.
Lukaku crowded out by the Saints defence in the area and takes a tumble, referee Moss waves play on.
A free-kick by Ward-Prowse is too close to Howard, who claims comfortably.
The Saints pushing for a second now and Baines does well to foil Pelle at the far-post following Long’s lofted ball into the area.
Foul by Barkley on Reed. Free-kick to Southampton in their own half.
Excellent control from Barkley to bring it down in the Saints area but he is unable to find an onrushing Lukaku and Fonte clears his lines.
Important defensive header from Eto’o in the six-yard box following Pelle’s near post flick of Ward-Prowse’s corner.
Davis forced back to Foster after being put under pressure by the Everton midfield.
Solid defending from the Saints back-line to thwart Everton’s latest attack as Clyne clears.
The Saints do well to maintain possession in midfield and play in Long, but Davis’ lofted ball is too close to Howard.
An optimistic attempt from Besic on the edge of the area that flies way wide of Forster’s goal. Goal-kick.
Second-half underway at St Mary’s with Southampton kicking from left to right.
Referee Moss brings an entertaining half to a close at St Mary’s, with the hosts leading 1-0. join us for the second-half after the break.
Reed receiving treatment now after full-blooded 50-50 with Everton’s own hard-man Besic.
Southampton growing in confidence now as the half approaches a close and could have had a second, but Ward-Prowse is just behind Clyne’s whipped cross to the edge of the area.
Corner for Southampton once again looks dangerous but the pressure is relived after a clumsy foul n the area.
Eto’o can’t direct his header goalward after Coleman goes past Bertrand down the right as Martinez cuts a frustrated figure on the touchline
The Saints come close again as Pelle’s near-post effort flies into the side-netting after an exquisite ball in from Bertrand.
Everton look to respond at the other end, but the resilient Saints defence stands firm once more.
Goal! Justice is served from the resulting corner. Fonte is claiming it but replays suggest it’s an own goal from Lukaku. Delicious ball in from Ward-Prose from the corner. 1-0 Southampton.
Referee Moss inexplicably fails to award a penalty to Southampton after Jagielka catches Long with his attempted clearance in the area.
Lukaku attempts a flamboyant bicycle-kick from Barry’s cross but the Belgians effort ends up closer to the corner flag.
Jagielka joining the attack for Everton, who continue to pile the pressure on the Saints defence.
Some good defending from Bertrand forces the ball out for a throw after some good play by Naismith and Coleman down the right.
Pelle puts the ball into the net, but long after the whistle had gone with Long fouling Jagielka on the edge of the box.
The game getting sloppy now as Naismith leaves a leg in on Fonte, free-kick the other way.
Foul by the youngster Reid on Naismith, free-kick to the Toffees on the half-way line.
Much of the play situated in midfield now after a succession of throw-ins on half-way.
A careless touch from Barkley gifts the ball back to Southampton, who finally come away with it.
Southampton struggling to get out of their half at the moment as the Toffees continue to probe.
Eto’o lies stricken on the floor with an apparent head injury and referee Moss finally stops the game to allow the striker to receive treatment.
Barkley stings the hands of Forster with a well-hit shot from just outside the box, the England international doing well to hold on.
Everton working it patiently from side to side once more, manager Martinez will be happy with his sides showing so far.
Finally some respite for the Saints after Lukaku is caught miles offside and rightly flagged by the linesman.
The barrage continues as a well worked short-corner is dealt with by the defence, who put it behind once more.
Baines corner is far too deep, but takes a touch of a Saints defender and goes out for another corner.
Everton coming forward again, this time Lukaku forces the first corner of the game off Alderweireld.
Jagielka does excellently to thwart the speedy Long, after he knocked it past the veteran defender, making a superb sliding tackle.
Bertrand puts in another dangerous cross but the Everton defenders do well to clear the danger.
Everton defending very narrowly, affording a lot of space down the wings.
Bertrand whips an early cross into the Everton box, but the ball is to close to Howard who gathers with ease.
Chance at the other end for Naismith, but the Scot is foiled by an brilliant last-ditched tackle by Fonte in the area.
First chance of the game falls to the Saints and they really should have taken the lead through Pelle, but the Italian can only direct his header over the bar after an excellent cross by Clyne.
Lukaku rightly flagged offside after some good link-up play with Naismith, much to the Toffees fans’ dismay.
Shane Long looks to be bundled over by Distin with a clear sight of goal, but referee Moss controversially waves play on and Everton win the ball back.
Besic fouled by Ward-Prowse on half-way, free-kick Everton.
Solid early possession for Everton now, but the Southampton defence has looked organised.
Eto’o attempts a probing ball down the wing for Coleman, but Forster is on hand to clear.
Foul on Barry by Pelle, the Italian bundling the midfielder over on the edge of the Everton box.
The Saints get their foot on the ball for the first time in the game, looking comfortable in possession as they probe for an opening.
Everton enjoying the first attack of the game as they patiently look to break down the Saints defence.
And we’re underway on the South Coast as referee John Moss gets the game underway.
Anticipation building ahead of kick-off at St Mary’s as the players make their way out on to the pitch.
Huge praise for Ross Barkley from Ian J: Barkley is coming back to full fitness and his confidence will be soaring. He will be too hot for Southampton to handle today 0-2 to Everton, with Barkley to assist or score.
Tony Cook also predicting a Saints win: Good to see both Prowse and Reed in the team, Prowsey to score the first goal via a free kick.
Cian Hughes reckons Pelle will give the Saints the edge today, he says: Close game to predict but I’m thinking Southampton will win 2-1 with Pelle scoring both.
Southampton have been backed at 7/5 to emerge victorious today according to our friends at Sky Bet, with Everton rated at 19/10 to grab a win. It is 9/5 for the match to end in a draw. Graziano Pelle is 9/2 to open the scoring, while Romelu Lukaku is 2/1 to score in the 90 minutes.
Everton Subs: Robles, McGeady, Kone, Pienaar, Stones, Garbutt, Alcaraz.
Everton XI: Howard, Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Besic, Barry, Barkley, Naismith, Eto’o, Lukaku.
Southampton Subs: K. Davis (GK), Mane, McCarthy, Targett, McQueen, Seager, Gape.
Southampton XI: Forster, Alderweireld, Fonte (c), Yoshida, Clyne, Reed, Ward-Prowse, S. Davis, Bertrand, Long, Pelle.
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