Premier League
SouthamptonSouthampton3EvertonEverton0
By Andy CryerBBC Sport
Southampton
Southampton had lost their last four Premier League matches
  • Everton's third straight away league loss
  • Saints end six-match winless run
  • Toffees stay in 10th in Premier
  • Southampton with five under-21s in squad

Southampton ended their run of five straight defeats as they comfortably beat Everton to remain in the Premier League top five.

Romelu Lukaku headed into his own net in the first half, moments after Shane Long had a penalty appeal rejected.

Ross Barkley's 20-yard first-half shot for the visitors was the only effort on target from either side after an hour.

But Graziano Pelle doubled the hosts' lead from close range before Maya Yoshida headed in to seal the win.

Southampton 3-0 Everton: Saints outstanding in win - Ronald Koeman

It was Pelle's 11th goal of the season as the Saints made light of the absence of several key players to get back to winning ways in emphatic style after six matches without a victory in all competitions.

Everton were disappointing for the majority and only troubled goalkeeper Fraser Forster in the last few seconds when Lukaku shot straight at him.

Southampton surprised many at the start of the season when, despite having lost five players for a total of £92m and manager Mauricio Pochettino joining Spurs, they were second in the Premier League in November.

With injuries and suspensions mounting up, manager Ronald Koeman was forced to give 19-year-old midfielder Harrison Reed his first Premier League start. Ryan Seager, 18, was also on the bench for the first time, as one of four teenage substitutes.

Everton may have had a mixed start to the campaign but boss Roberto Martinez still had eyes on a top-four finish,external-link a prospect that is looking increasingly unlikely.

Toffees must defend better - Martinez

Last season's 2-0 defeat at St Mary's at the end of April severely dented their hopes of Champions League football. Both goals were own goals that day and they were at it again as Lukaku headed James Ward-Prowse's corner into his own net for the opener.

It was a deserved lead for the Saints, who went close before the break through a Pelle header before he shot into the side-netting, while Shane Long should have been awarded a penalty after being kicked in mid-air by Phil Jagielka.

Pelle pounced on Long's knock-down to prod the bouncing ball home for a second after the break before Yoshida headed in his first goal since February from Steven Davis's exquisite cross.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman on BBC Sport:

"We were outstanding. As a team, the work was unbelievable and you need that to win games. It is not always about quality. The players showed how you have to fight to win games.

"If you show more spirit you are invariably more lucky. After the goal we had more belief and more confidence after losing four or five games. Hopefully we got some confidence back.

"The energy Harrison Reed put in was one of the keys to win the game."

Everton manager Roberto Martinez on BBC Sport:

"Very disappointing. A game with nothing between the two sides apart from ourselves not being able to defend the six-yard box better.

"It is about how we defended the six-yard box, the other two goals were the same. They didn't have to do much to score three goals. It was not a case of them being superior to us, it is just we were very soft.

"I do feel we need to find a good run of performances. I don't think the performance was too far away from what you need to get good results."

Southampton v Everton
The Toffees have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven league matches
Southampton
Southampton had scored just two goals in their previous five league matches
Ross Barkley
Everton have won just once in their last 16 visits to Southampton
Graziano Pelle
Graziano Pelle has scored 11 goals in all competitions
Everton
Everton have won two out of nine Premier League away games

Line-ups

Southampton

  • 23Forster
  • 2Clyne
  • 6José FonteBooked at 72mins
  • 3Yoshida
  • 21Bertrand
  • 17Alderweireld
  • 28Reed
  • 8Davis
  • 16Ward-ProwseSubstituted forTargettat 80'minutes
  • 7LongSubstituted forGapeat 89'minutes
  • 19Pellè

Substitutes

  • 1Davis
  • 10Mané
  • 32McCarthy
  • 33Targett
  • 38McQueen
  • 45Seager
  • 46Gape

Everton

  • 24Howard
  • 23Coleman
  • 6Jagielka
  • 15Distin
  • 3Baines
  • 17BesicBooked at 68mins
  • 18Barry
  • 14Naismith
  • 5Eto'o
  • 20Barkley
  • 10Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 1Robles
  • 7McGeady
  • 9Koné
  • 22Pienaar
  • 26Stones
  • 29Garbutt
  • 30Alcaraz
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
31,475

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southampton 3, Everton 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southampton 3, Everton 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Seamus Coleman (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Matt Targett.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Dominic Gape replaces Shane Long.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ross Barkley (Everton).

  10. Post update

    Harrison Reed (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Graziano Pellè with a headed pass.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ross Barkley (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Seamus Coleman.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Samuel Eto'o (Everton).

  14. Post update

    Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Southampton 3, Everton 0. Maya Yoshida (Southampton) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steven Davis with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Seamus Coleman.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Muhamed Besic (Everton).

  18. Post update

    Harrison Reed (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Matt Targett replaces James Ward-Prowse.

  20. Post update

    Hand ball by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).