Southampton 2 Everton 0 – Goals from Ward-Prowse and Che Adams hand Everton their first defeat

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2020-21 English Premier League match report – Southampton v Everton – St. mary’s stadium – Saturday, October 24, 2020

Southampton 2 Everton 0 Match Report

Southampton consigned Everton to their first defeat of the season when they beat Carlo Ancelotti’s men 2-0 at the Saint Mary’s stadium on Sunday.

With the Saints dominating proceedings from the start, the 27th minute of the game saw some deft one-on-one between Danny Ings and James Ward-Prowse with the latter finding the top corner of the net in from a 20-yarder in spectacular fashion.

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Moments before Ward-Prowse’s first league goal, Oriol Romeu went close when his shot from 30 yards was saved by Pickford.

It was Ings’ assist again that produced the hosts’ second 10 minutes later as the Englishman delivered a crossed from the left that found an unmarked Che Adams at the far post.

Adams took a shot that beat Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after the ball took a deflection off Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The hosts thought they had got their third of the afternoon when Stuart Armstrong beat Pickford but his effort was ruled offside.

Everton’s only threat to the goal came when Gylfi Sigurdsson’s long-range effort hit the bar but other than that, Saints custodian Alex McCarthy was hardly tested throughout.

Everton’s visit to Southampton took a turn towards the worse in the 72nd minute when defender Lucas Digne was shown the red-card after he brought down Kyle Walker-Peters with a nasty challenge causing Ancelotti to comment that the send-off was a joke and that the foul was unintentional.

Southampton remained dominant till the close with Jannik Vestergaard forcing a finger-tip save from Pickford.

Having lost their first two games of this season, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men have gone unbeaten in the next four,  managed three clean sheets from their last four outings and are up to the 5th spot on the table for the time being.

See also
Wolverhampton 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Late Romain Saiss header robs Spurs of a place in the Top four

The Toffees still head the table with 13 points from 6 games despite the Southampton defeat.

Other Premier League results over the weekend

  • Liverpool 2, Sheffield United 1
  • Wolverhampton 1, Newcastle 1
  • Fulham 1, Crystal Palace 2

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