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Southampton 2-0 Everton

Everton's hopes of securing Champions League football were dealt a huge blow as two first-half own goals gifted Southampton victory at St Mary's.

The Toffees, already a point adrift of Arsenal in the race for fourth place, were behind after 54 seconds when Antolin Alcaraz headed home Rickie Lambert's awkward left-wing cross.

And with Saints on top, Seamus Coleman headed another own goal to make it 2-0.

The visitors improved after half-time but could not find a breakthrough.

Romelu Lukaku wasted a good headed opportunity and the visitors had two decent shouts for a penalty turned down.

But the Merseyside club, who could be four points off the top four if Arsenal beat Newcastle on Monday, were a poor imitation of the side that so impressed in beating the Gunners and Manchester United in recent weeks.

They lacked their usual intensity and quality and looked vulnerable at the back throughout.

Only a win over a mid-table Saints team with little to play for seemed like keeping alive their Champions League hopes, but victory at St Mary's never seemed on the cards with a nervy defensive display that started badly and got worse.

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Alcaraz, who was deputising for the injured Sylvain Distin, was slightly unfortunate to gift the hosts the lead inside a minute as he tried to divert Lambert's cross around the post for a corner.

The visitors never recovered from that setback and struggled to get to grips with the movement and quality of England duo Lambert and Adam Lallana, as well as Sam Gallagher, who was making just his second Premier League start.

Steven Davis should have added a second but his well-struck first-time effort went narrowly wide after great work by Lambert.

Coleman did make it 2-0 when Nathaniel Clyne's right-wing cross went over both John Stones and Alcaraz and the full-back neatly cushioned a header down and into the bottom corner.

The Toffees' only noteworthy first-half chance saw Lukaku blaze a shot over but they posed more of a threat in the second half.

They felt aggrieved by a tight offside call on their brightest player Gerard Deulofeu and a caution for substitute Leon Osman for diving in the box when he appeared to have been clipped by Lovren.

Lukaku also headed straight at goalkeeper Artur Boruc from close range as the game opened up but Saints created the best chances in the last 15 minutes and Lambert almost wrapped up victory with a fine low free-kick that hit the outside of the post.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino

"There were many positives aspects from the win today. In the overall analysis, we just followed our style. We played in the way we know how to play and it worked for us to play a team that is fighting to get into the Champions League as well.

"I want to thank the players, the medical staff and overall the entire club because we matched our record in the history of the Premier League."

Everton manager Roberto Martinez

"It's very rare to see two own goals. To concede one so early affected us a little bit and we got a bit frustrated. We were not our normal selves.

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"In a back five you need consistency and having changes we needed 20-25 minutes to get into a tempo and unfortunately we conceded two goals.

"We got stronger in the second half but we never had that confidence we normally have to get the goal to get back into the game.

"Everything that could have gone wrong defensively did. But eight wins out of 10 is a phenomenal return. You can't underestimate the run the team has been on.

"We always look at the biggest points tally we can get. Today is a setback but we will learn from it and we will be ready for next Saturday."

Line-ups

Southampton

  • 31Boruc
  • 2Clyne
  • 23Shaw
  • 12Wanyama
  • 6Fonte
  • 5Lovren
  • 8DavisSubstituted forDo Pradoat 90'minutes
  • 18Cork
  • 40GallagherSubstituted forWard-Prowseat 76'minutes
  • 7Lambert
  • 20LallanaSubstituted forReedat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 21Do Prado
  • 22Chambers
  • 25Gazzaniga
  • 26Hooiveld
  • 33Targett
  • 38Reed

Everton

  • 24Howard
  • 23Coleman
  • 3BainesSubstituted forGarbuttat 90'minutes
  • 18BarryBooked at 45mins
  • 26Stones
  • 32Alcaraz
  • 14Naismith
  • 16McCarthy
  • 17Lukaku
  • 20BarkleySubstituted forOsmanat 45'minutesBooked at 62mins
  • 10DeulofeuSubstituted forMcGeadyat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Robles
  • 2Hibbert
  • 7McGeady
  • 21Osman
  • 29Garbutt
  • 36Browning
  • 46Ledson
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
31,313

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Southampton 2, Everton 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southampton 2, Everton 0.
Attempt saved. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Luke Garbutt replaces Leighton Baines.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Guly replaces Steven Davis.
Offside, Everton. Antolin Alcaraz tries a through ball, but Leighton Baines is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Harrison Reed replaces Adam Lallana.
Attempt blocked. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Lallana.
Offside, Everton. Seamus Coleman tries a through ball, but Leighton Baines is caught offside.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Jack Cork.
Offside, Southampton. Dejan Lovren tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.
Foul by Steven Naismith (Everton).
Jack Cork (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse replaces Sam Gallagher.
Foul by Sam Gallagher (Southampton).
Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by John Stones.
Attempt blocked. Adam Lallana (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Davis with a through ball.
Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).
Offside, Everton. Tim Howard tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gareth Barry.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.
Foul by Rickie Lambert (Southampton).
Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Steven Davis (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).
Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).
Leon Osman (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Aiden McGeady with a cross.
Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).
James McCarthy (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Sam Gallagher (Southampton).
Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Leon Osman (Everton) is shown the yellow card.
Leon Osman (Everton) has gone down, but that's a dive.
Rickie Lambert (Southampton) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.
Jack Cork (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Aiden McGeady replaces Gerard Deulofeu.
Attempt saved. Adam Lallana (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steven Davis.
Attempt missed. Adam Lallana (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Luke Shaw.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Jack Cork.
Attempt blocked. Steven Naismith (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).
Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt missed. Jack Cork (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Shaw with a cross.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Antolin Alcaraz.
Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).
Offside, Everton. Steven Naismith tries a through ball, but Gerard Deulofeu is caught offside.
Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).
Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Southampton 2, Everton 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Leon Osman replaces Ross Barkley.

Half Time

First Half ends, Southampton 2, Everton 0.
Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).
Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Gareth Barry (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).
Sam Gallagher (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
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As It Stood

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2Chelsea3523664175
3Man City3423565674
4Arsenal3521772170
5Everton3620972169
6Tottenham3620610366
7Man Utd35186112060
8Southampton36141012752
9Newcastle3514417-1546
10Stoke36111114-1144
11Crystal Palace3513418-1343
12Swansea3610917-139
13Hull3510718-937
14West Ham3610719-1137
15West Brom3571513-1236
16Aston Villa359818-1735
17Norwich368820-3232
18Fulham369423-4231
19Cardiff357919-3430
20Sunderland347819-2429
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