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Southampton v Everton Live Commentary, 01/10/2022

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J. Aribo (49)
C. Coady (52)
D. McNeil (54)
St. Mary's Stadium


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Southampton travel to Manchester City next, on Saturday afternoon. Everton welcome Manchester United to Goodison Park the following evening.
Everton have secured a second consecutive victory away at Southampton. They dominated the first half but failed to find a breakthrough - a flurry of goals in the second half then saw Southampton take the lead through Aribo only for Everton to respond through goals from Coady and McNeil to win the game 2-1. Everton then set about defending their lead and, despite a couple of hairy moments, managed to see out a hugely significant victory on the road. They're now eleventh in the Premier League - Southampton are down in 16th.
J. Pickford
Yellow Card
90' + 5' Yellow Card Jordan Lee Pickford
90' + 5' CHANCE! Ward-Prowse whips in a superb free-kick from the right side to find Caleta-Car at the back post - only for the debutant's volleyed effort to fly high and wide.
90' + 4' Southampton are continuing to press for an equaliser but Everton have held strong.
A. Doucouré
D. Gray
90' + 1' Doucoure has come on in place of Gray.
90' There will be six minutes of added time.
S. Rondón
N. Maupay
89' Rondon has replaced Maupay.
M. Elyounoussi
S. Armstrong
89' Elyounoussi has come on for Armstrong.
S. Armstrong
Yellow Card
85' Armstrong picks up a yellow card for a lunge on Iwobi.
83' Ward-Prowse then steps up to take the resulting free-kick only to see his effort cleared away by Coleman.
I. Gueye
Yellow Card
83' Gueye is booked for an accumulation of fouls.
80' Southampton are enjoying the lion's share of territory now as they press Everton for an equaliser. But so far the visitors have been able to hold out rather comfortably.
76' Gueye gives away a set-piece in a dangerous area and Ward-Prowse whips in a good ball - but Tarkowski manages to steer it to safety, behind the goal. The resulting corner kick then comes to nothing.
T. Davies
A. Onana
74' And they've also made their second - Davies is on for Onana.
A. Gordon
D. McNeil
74' Everton have made their first change - Gordon is on in place of McNeil.
72' Armstrong has another chance from close range and this times manages to land his punch on target - but Pickford is there to make a big save.
71' CHANCE! Ward-Prowse fizzes a smart ball out the right side to Walker-Pieters, who cushions the ball back to find Armstrong in the box. His effort, however, flies over the bar.
70' CHANCE! Everton move through the lines effectively in a move that ends with McNeil sliding a neat through ball into Gray, but he's unable to test Bazunu with a real effort.
S. Edozie
A. Maitland-Niles
67' Edozie has come on in place of Maitland-Niles for Southampton.
65' Everton are now quite clearly trying to slow down the pace of the game and control the game.
63' Southampton put together a nice move that results with Adams taking the ball on his chest on the edge of the penalty area, controlling it and firing wide of the Everton goal.
R. Perraud
Juan Larios
60' Perraud has come on in place of Larios for Southampton.
A. Armstrong
S. Mara
60' Mara has replaced Armstrong for Southampton.
57' Iwobi provided the pass to McNeil and so collects his third league assist of the season.
57' Coleman carries the ball down the right before cutting inside onto his left foot and delivering a smart ball into the box. Onana connects with it in the form of a header but fails to steer his effort on target.
D. McNeil
54' GOAL! Everton have turned this game on its head. Southampton have three chances in succession denied by Everton who then break quickly. The move ends with Iwobi playing a speculative ball to the back post that ends up at McNeil's feet - and the Englishman delivers a confident finish to make it 2-1.
52' Onana was partially to blame for Southampton's opener but made up for it there with a great leap, his header teeing up that simple finish for Coady.
C. Coady
52' GOAL! Everton equalise to make it 1-1 through Coady. Gray delivers a fine set-piece to find Onana at the back post, who heads the ball back across goal to find Coady. The Englishman finishes smartly to get the away side back on level terms almost immediately after conceding.
49' Adams gets the assist for Southampton's opener. He was linked with a move to Everton in the recent transfer window.
J. Aribo
49' GOAL! Aribo puts Southampton 1-0 ahead. Gueye loses the ball cheaply and Larios carries it forward before finding Adams out on the left side. He then feeds Aribo, who finishes neatly past Pickford.
47' Larios wins Southampton's first corner of the game but Ward-Prowse's set-piece is dealt with easily by Everton.
46' We're back underway at St. Mary's Stadium.
Everton have dominated the ball so far, enjoying 54 per cent of possession in the opening half. Both sides have had five shots each but it's the visitors who've managed to get a higher number of them on target (two to one). Everton's xG is also marginally higher (0.49 to 0.43) than Southampton's.
It may be scoreless at the break but this isn't a game that's been without incident. Everton have ran proceedings so far, with their midfield trident of Onana, Gueye and Iwobi particularily impressive. But the visiting side have failed to be incisive in the final third and have left Southampton with a chance to get back into the game in the second half.
45' SCRAMBLE! Bazunu loses control of the ball when coming to claim a corner kick but Everton fail to capitalise on the goalmouth scramble that ensues and nothing comes of it.
45' There will be one minute of added time in the first half.
42' Everton are currently enjoying their longest unbeaten spell in the Premier League under Frank Lampard (5 games – W1 D4); their longest such run since December 2020 (W4 D1). The Toffees haven’t enjoyed a longer unbeaten streak in a single season since November/December 2017 (7 games – W4 D3).
42' Armstrong is teed up by Walker-Pieters just inside the Everton box but his effort - struck while off-balance - fails to trouble Pickford.
40' McNeil is caught dwelling on the ball and surrenders possession meekly. Southampton then try to capitalise by breaking quickly only for Tarkowski to stamp out the danger.
38' Coleman clips a searching cross into the box from the right side but Walker-Pieters deals with it comfortably and sends it behind for a corner kick. Maupay wins a back-post header from the resulting set-piece but Bazunu is equal to his effort and holds the ball without a problem.
35' Both Southampton and Everton have chances at either end in a breathless passage of play - but neither side can muster a genuine effort on target and both come to nothing.
31' McNeil picks up the ball in a promising position on the right side of the pitch and comes inside on his favoured left foot only to run into traffic and lose the ball. Everton have dominated the opening half-hour but have nothing to show for it.
29' Southampton have lost each of their last two Premier League games, without scoring in either. Only twice under Ralph Hasenhüttl have the Saints failed to score in three consecutive league games, December 2020 (D2 L1) and September 2021 (D2 L1). Indeed, they last lost three successive games in the top-flight without scoring in October 2018 under Mark Hughes.
28' Everton break quickly following slick interplay from Iwobi, Gana and Onana, but Gray is unable to deliver the finishing touch with the final ball and Southampton deal with it.
26' CHANCE! Gray breaks down the left wing and comes inside to set up a shot on his favoured right foot - but the effort is weak and easily dealt with by Bazunu.
24' Everton build a promising move that results with Maupay holding the ball with his back to goal, but the tenacious frontman is unable to retain posession.
22' CHANCE! Gray squares the ball across the face of Southampton's goal for Coady, who attacks the ball only for Bazunu to get to the ball first.
20' Southampton try to build a promising passage of play only for Gueye to step up and win the ball back superbly. The Senegalese has been key so far in this one.
18' Everton's midfield three of Onana, Gueye and Iwobi is controlling the game so far. But that dominance hasn't been translated into cutting-edge final-third play from the away side.
14' Gray wins a corner by forcing Southampton to deflect his cross from the left wing behind goal, but the Englishman is unable to beat the first man with the resulting effort.
11' Everton put together an impressive passing sequence ending up with Iwobi in a good position out left, but the Nigerian's clipped ball fails to find a blue shirt in the Southampton box.
8' WIDE! Gray takes a free-kick from just outside the box but it takes a nick and flies wide of the target. Despite the clear deflection, however, Southampton are awarded a goal kick.
A. Maitland-Niles
Yellow Card
7' Maitland-Niles is booked for a late challenge on Gueye.
6' Adams is played into a dangerous position but Tarkowski stayed with him and Pickford guided his effort wide of the target.
5' Gueye carries the ball forward well and tries to play in Gray on the left only for his pass to uncharacteristically be misplaced.
2' CHANCE! Iwobi drives down the left flank and centres the ball for Onana - but Bazunu manages to claim the ball.
1' We're underway at St. Mary's Stadium.
Southampton and Everton haven't drawn any of their last four games against each other. Everton won 3-1 at Goodison Park last season but it was Southampton who prevailed 2-0 in the return fixture. Both sides will be keen for a strong performance and a strong result to get what's set to be an intense run between now and the World Cup underway.
Everton have made three changes from the team that beat West Ham United last time out. Pickford returns from injury to replace Begovic in goal, Coleman steps up to replace the injured Patterson at right-back and McNeil comes in for Gordon in the attacking line.
Southampton have made five changes from the side that lost 1-0 to Aston Villa last time out. Caleta-Car and Larios have replaced Salisu and Perraud in the backline while Maitland-Niles has come in for Diallo in midfield. Mara and Aribo start as two-thirds of Southampton's attacking trident instead of Djenpo and Elyounoussi.
EVERTON SUBS: Asmir Begovic, Michael Keane, Anthony Gordon, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Tom Davies, Ruben Vinagre, Salomon Rondon, James Garner, Kyle John.
EVERTON (4-3-3): Jordan Pickford; Seamus Coleman, Conor Coady, James Tarkowski, Vitaliy Mykolenko; Amadou Onana, Idrissa Gueye, Alex Iwobi; Demarai Gray, Neal Maupay, Dwight McNeil.
SOUTHAMPTON SUBS: Alex McCarthy, Romain Perraud, Mohammed Salisu, Ibrahim Diallo, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Samuel Edozie, Theo Walcott, Moussa Djenepo, Adam Armstrong.
SOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1): Gavin Bazunu; Kyle Walker-Peters, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Duje Caleta-Car, Juan Larios; James Ward-Prowse, Ainsley Maitland-Niles; Sekou Mara, Joe Aribo, Stuart Armstrong; Che Adams.
Everton come into the tie unbeaten in five in the Premier League. They secured their first victory of the season against West Ham United last time out and will be determined to build on that to continue climbing the table. They're currently 13th, above Southampton thanks to their superior goal difference.
Southampton come into the game having lost three of their last five fixtures. They sit 14th in the Premier League after taking seven points from their opening seven fixtures and they'll be keen to bounce back following consecutive 1-0 defeats at the hands of Aston Villa and Wolves.
Welcome to the live commentary for the Premier League clash between Southampton and Everton at St. Mary's Stadium.