Southampton heap more misery on Everton

Everton suffered yet another embarrassing defeat as they went down 4-1 to Southampton in the Premier League at St. Mary's on Sunday.

  • Southampton 4 Everton 1
  • Tadic on target on 18'
  • Sigurdsson equalises on 45'
  • Austin nets on 52'
  • Austin scores his second on 58'
  • Davis kills off the tie on 87'

Match Summary

Dusan Tadic opened the scoring for the struggling Saints on 18 minutes, and although Gylfi Sigurdsson levelled on half-time, the hosts cruised to a comfortable victory, with Charlie Austin scoring two goals in quick succession before Steven Davis got in on the action at the death.

Full Report

Fraser Forster had a nervy start to the match from a Ryan Bertrand back-pass that he just managed to clear under pressure from Sigurdsson.

Jordan Pickford then reacted well to collect a goal-bound ball that had deflected off Leighton Baines from a fifth-minute James Ward-Prowse free-kick.

Austin was next with a chance that he smashed over the target following a Virgil Van Dijk knock-down from a Ward-Prowse corner as Southampton looked dangerous early on.

Kevin Mirallas fired wide at the other end, while Austin really should have scored with a 13th-minute shot that cannoned back off a post from an excellent Cedric Soares ball into the box.

But the Saints were soon in front as Tadic scored his first goal from open play this season, with a well-placed shot after picking up a pass from Bertrand from the left.

Sofiane Boufal was inches away from connecting to a Soares delivery on 26 minutes, as Everton were forced to replace an injured Baines with Ashley Williams a minute later, and shifting to three at the back.

Southampton wanted a penalty on 36 minutes for a handball by Michael Keane, although replays showed Davis' ball hit the elbow of the Toffees defender.

Van Dijk headed a Ward-Prowse corner wide as the half drew to a close, but not before Sigurdsson netted a timely equaliser on 45 minutes. The Iceland international managed to create his own space on the edge of the box before curling a superb shot in off the crossbar and the post.

The hosts were determined to restore their lead, and came out strong after the break with Bertrand and Austin both lively, but it was Austin who answered his manager's call. Boufal fed Bertrand down the left, and his ball was put on a plate for the goalscorer, who glanced his header in off underside of the crossbar, to mimic Sigurdsson's earlier effort.

It soon went bad to worse for Everton, as Austin scored again just six minutes later, with a powerful header past Pickford from a good Tadic ball from the left.

Happy with their position, the hosts looked to slow the game down, amid some frustrated tackles from Everton before an overly ambitious effort from range from Idrissa Gueye.

Sigurdsson at least tested Forster with a slightly better effort on 82 minutes, but Southampton came close to a fourth through late substitute Shane Long, with a shot that bounced across the face of the goal after he got forward well.

It was Davis though, who put the final nail in the coffin for an Everton side that were dismantled 5-1 by Atalanta on Thursday night, with a fourth goal on 87 minutes, a curling after controlling well from a Ward-Prowse delivery.

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