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Everton 1-0 Southampton

Phil Jagielka
Phil Jagielka scored his fifth goal of the season against Southampton
  • Jagielka scores fifth goal of the season
  • Southampton miss chance to move into fifth spot
  • Everton climb to 11th place with win
  • Pelle without a league goal since December

Southampton's hopes of a European place were dented as Everton won their third consecutive Premier League match thanks to Phil Jagielka's close-range finish.

Liverpool's 4-1 defeat at Arsenal meant the Saints would have moved up to fifth place if they had won at Goodison Park.

Ronald Koeman's side enjoyed plenty of possession and chances but they were unable to find a way past Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Jagielka's goal from a corner in the 16th minute ultimately proved decisive.

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Martinez hails incredible team effort

Saints need only three more points to match their best ever Premier League points tally of 56, achieved under Koeman's predecessor Mauricio Pochettino last May.

However, given their impressive campaign, anything other than a top-six finish would probably be viewed as a disappointment.

And Koeman's side will end the weekend in seventh spot if Tottenham avoid defeat at Burnley on Sunday.

Everton may have eased any relegation concerns as they made it three in a row for the first time this season, but below the surface there were indications of a need to improve on a mid-table finish.

The Toffees started with Arouna Kone up front in the absence of the injured Romelu Lukaku but worryingly questions about the long-term future of the Belgium striker, who made a £28m switch from Chelsea last summer, remain.

Toffees have stuck with it
Everton's victory over Southampton was only their second against an opponent from the top half of the Premier League table

Lukaku changed agents last week and his new representative said on Friday that his client should not have joined the Toffees last summer, and "will play for one of the world's best teams" in the near future.

Without the presence of Lukaku, Everton struggled for a focal point in attack and it was Southampton who had the better of the first-half chances, although they would find themselves behind at the break.

Howard made a superb save to deny Saints striker Graziano Pelle, who had scored in Italy's 1-1 draw with England during the week, after he had got on the end of Shane Long's cross.

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Southampton deserved better - Koeman

Everton then took the lead against the run of play when a Leighton Baines corner dropped to Gareth Barry and he steered the ball back across goal for captain Jagielka to side-foot home from close range.

James Ward-Prowse then went close twice, first curling a free-kick just past the post, then striking a swerving shot which an off-balance Howard managed to beat away with one hand.

Southampton saw plenty of the ball in the second half but found an organised Everton defence much tougher to break down.

Ross Barkley, who recently claimed his best position is playing behind the main striker, was withdrawn with 20 minutes left after a quiet display and his replacement Steven Naismith's appeal for a penalty when he went down in the box was ignored by the officials.

The visitors looked jaded in the remainder of the contest as they struggled to muster a meaningful effort and Everton closed out the game to record only their fifth home league win of the season.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez:

"It was as pleasing performance as you are going to get. It was a mature, and we were strong defensively. I though it was a good tactical battle and for us to keep a clean sheet was good. It was full of character, guts and desire.

"At times we had to manage the game and defend really well. Tim Howard came up with two magnificent moments and that's what makes Tim special. But the overall with the team display we defended well.

"Also it's great to see the sort of display from Phil Jagielka, John Stones and Gareth Barry with the way they all connected. Phil's goal is a magnificent way to top his performance."

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman:

"The final result is very disappointing, but not with the performance of the team. We played well. We were unlucky with the goal against us. The second half it was more difficult to create.

"Everton were good defensively and it was difficult to score and create chances after the break. However, we deserved a better result because we played well, but it's always about scoring.

"They scored one and we didn't score. If we continue with this level we'll maybe finish in a good position. We had a lot of ball possession, created chances. We did everything. But it wasn't quite enough."

Phil Jagielka
Everton captain Phil Jagielka's last league goal came against Aston Villa in October
Everton's John Stones
Everton have now managed five clean sheets in their last 20 Premier League games
Southampton's Graziano Pelle
Graziano Pelle's last league goal for Southampton came in a 3-0 win over Everton at St Mary's in December
Everton's Leighton Baines and Southampton's Shane Long
Everton have won five Premier League games at Goodison Park this season
Tim Howard
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard made two crucial saves against Southampton to keep a clean sheet
Ronald Koeman
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman played at Goodison for Feyenoord in a Cup Winners Cup tie in 1995

Line-ups

Everton

  • 24Howard
  • 23Coleman
  • 26Stones
  • 6Jagielka
  • 3Baines
  • 16McCarthy
  • 18Barry
  • 25Lennon
  • 20BarkleySubstituted forBesicat 71'minutes
  • 21Osman
  • 9KonéSubstituted forNaismithat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Robles
  • 11Mirallas
  • 14Naismith
  • 17Besic
  • 22Pienaar
  • 29Garbutt
  • 30Alcaraz

Southampton

  • 1Davis
  • 2Clyne
  • 6Fonte
  • 17AlderweireldSubstituted forDjuricicat 82'minutes
  • 21BertrandBooked at 21mins
  • 12Wanyama
  • 4Schneiderlin
  • 7Long
  • 16Ward-ProwseSubstituted forManéat 61'minutes
  • 22EliaSubstituted forTadicat 61'minutes
  • 19Pellè

Substitutes

  • 3Yoshida
  • 10Mané
  • 11Tadic
  • 15Djuricic
  • 25Gazzaniga
  • 28Reed
  • 33Targett
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
39,390

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away10
Fouls
Home12
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Everton 1, Southampton 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Everton 1, Southampton 0.

Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton).

Aaron Lennon (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Southampton. Morgan Schneiderlin tries a through ball, but Graziano Pellè is caught offside.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by John Stones.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Muhamed Besic.

Attempt missed. John Stones (Everton) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Leighton Baines following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

Leon Osman (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Muhamed Besic (Everton).

Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton).

Leon Osman (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Filip Djuricic (Southampton).

Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Filip Djuricic replaces Toby Alderweireld.

Foul by Toby Alderweireld (Southampton).

Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Graziano Pellè.

Attempt missed. Jose Fonte (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne following a corner.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Leighton Baines.

Jose Fonte (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leighton Baines (Everton).

Attempt missed. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.

Foul by Sadio Mané (Southampton).

Tim Howard (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Phil Jagielka.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Muhamed Besic replaces Ross Barkley.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Steven Naismith replaces Arouna Koné.

Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

Hand ball by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match John Stones (Everton) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Shane Long (Southampton) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dusan Tadic with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Seamus Coleman.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Sadio Mané replaces James Ward-Prowse.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Dusan Tadic replaces Eljero Elia.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Tim Howard.

Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).

goal

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