Ings scores again but Saints held at Everton

By SFC Media time Thu 09 Jul Everton v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Danny Ings
Thu 09 Jul 6PM
Premier League
Everton
1
Southampton
1
Richarlison [44']
goal
Ings [31']
Richarlison (45+1') Calvert-Lewin (45+1') Digne (90+1')
yellow card
Armstrong (14') Stephens (34') Bednarek (61')
Referee: Lee Mason | Venue: Goodison Park | Attendance: 0

Southampton were unable to convert an outstanding first-half performance into three points at Goodison Park, as Ralph Hasenhüttl’s quest to win three consecutive Premier League games for the first time fell just short despite plenty of encouragement.

Saints should have been out of sight by half time, as Danny Ings and James Ward-Prowse both rattled the crossbar – the skipper from the penalty spot – before taking a deserved lead through Ings’s 19th Premier League goal of the season.

But back came Everton, who drew level two minutes before the break when Richarlison raced in behind the visiting defence to finish smartly.

Cue a more even second half in which neither team could fashion a clear-cut opportunity to win the game, but Saints’ improvement continues and they remain unbeaten on the road since the return of competitive action.

It was no surprise to see Hasenhüttl name an unchanged Southampton side following Sunday’s heroics in front of the Premier League’s biggest ever TV audience, as a cool 5.7million BBC viewers tuned in to watch Saints sink Manchester City on the south coast.

The only difference in the appearance of Hasenhüttl’s team was in their shirts, as Saints sported their grey and yellow away strip for the first time since the restart, in the week the club revealed its new kits for 2020/21.

Southampton have looked comfortable on the road all season and had no trouble warming to their task on Merseyside, as Stuart Armstrong had the ball in the Everton net inside eight minutes, only to be denied by the offside flag.

It was the first glimpse of some promising link-up play between Ings and Ché Adams, as Ings ran to the byeline and crossed for his strike partner, who hooked the ball back across goal for Armstrong to convert from close range, but he was half a yard ahead of the last defender.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Jordan Pickford save (L) and Danny Ings (R) during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Southampton FC at Goodison Park on July 9, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC)
Danny Ings heads the ball goalwards, but Jordan Pickford tips it on to the crossbar to keep him out

Possibly still frustrated by such fine margins, the Scot was overzealous in the tackle as he hacked down Richarlison for the game’s first booking soon after.

Meanwhile, Ings was being a nuisance, typically, and a constant outlet for his team with every attack, twice setting up teammates for shots that were blocked inside the penalty area, as Ward-Prowse and Adams were both denied.

Everton were being completely outplayed on their own patch, but did respond shortly before the drinks break when Lucas Digne crossed to the far post for Alex Iwobi, who killed the ball in an instant and hit his shot with power from 12 yards, but it was straight at Alex McCarthy, who continued where he left off against City by repelling the chance. 

If Carlo Ancelotti was hoping the drinks break would recharge his team he was mistaken. Ward-Prowse tested Pickford with a well-struck free-kick right on the limit of his range, before the skipper’s resulting corner was met by Ings at the near post, only for the England goalkeeper to miraculously tip the ball on to the crossbar as Everton survived another scare.

Ward-Prowse was in the thick of it again when sent crashing to earth by Andre Gomes in the box, only to thump the penalty against the goal frame as Pickford dived the wrong way.

Everton’s luck had to run out sooner rather than later, and it was with a stroke of good fortune that Saints finally made the breakthrough in the 31st minute.

Only Armstrong will know whether he found Ings intentionally or scuffed a left-footed shot into his path, but Saints’ talisman duly did the rest, showcasing exceptional footwork to sidestep Pickford, sliding in to force the ball home before covering defender Seamus Coleman could intervene.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Danny Ings(R) of Southampton goes around Jordan Pickford of Everton to score during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Southampton FC at Goodison Park on July 09, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Ings turns sharply away from Pickford as Saints deservedly made the breakthrough

Saints’ only frustration could be their failure to be out of sight, given their dominance, but the visitors still looked on course for a deserved half-time lead until Richarlison equalised completely against the run of play.

The goal seemed to come out of nothing, as Digne suddenly spotted the Brazilian peeling away and sent an unerring diagonal pass forward, collected beautifully in his stride by the striker, who lifted the ball over McCarthy for an equaliser oozing class – completely out of character with an off-colour Everton display up to that point.

Saints could have been forgiven for feeling a little sorry for themselves, but instead they resumed proceedings firmly on the front foot again after the interval.

Adams forced a save from Pickford with an attempted curler and then saw a shot blocked inside a crowded penalty area, while Ward-Prowse’s dead-ball crusade continued when another free-kick just clipped the top of the Everton wall on its way behind for a corner.

At the other end, Hasenhüttl would have been concerned when Everton threatened to score again with a carbon copy of the move that got them back on level terms, as this time Tom Davies sent the ball over the top but Dominic Calvert-Lewin proved less clinical than Richarlison and could not make a telling connection.

It was Richarlison who led the hosts’ next attack, isolating Jan Bednarek and trying to beat him for pace. The Pole desperately slid in and was convinced he played the ball, but was penalised for a foul just outside the penalty area that may have been punished by a red card on another day.

Everton were improving. McCarthy had to be alert to keep out Djibril Sidibé’s low drive, while Saints were indebted to the speed of Kyle Walker-Peters when the right-back slid in to shut down the onrushing Digne just in the nick of time.

The second drinks break coincided with Hasenhüttl’s first changes, as Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Shane Long replaced Oriol Romeu and Adams for the fourth quarter.

Armstrong rather snatched at a loose ball with the chance to snatch victory late on, but it was the first half in which Saints should really have made Everton pay.

Everton

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    39
    comparison angle
    61
  • Shots
    11
    comparison angle
    16
  • Shots on target
    4
    comparison angle
    4
  • Corners
    3
    comparison angle
    5
  • Passes Complete
    241
    comparison angle
    420

Everton

1
Jordan Pickford (GK)
23
Séamus Coleman (C)
12
Lucas Digne yellow card
13
Yerry Mina
5
Michael Keane
21
André Gomes
replace Gylfi Sigurdsson (42′)
26
Tom Davies
42
Anthony Gordon
replace Bernard (74′)
17
Alex Iwobi
replace Djibril Sidibé (45′)
7
Richarlison yellow card goal
9
Dominic Calvert-Lewin yellow card
replace Moise Kean (68′)
3
Leighton Baines
32
Jarrad Branthwaite
19
Djibril Sidibé
10
Gylfi Sigurdsson
22
Maarten Stekelenburg
20
Bernard
27
Moise Kean
11
Theo Walcott
34
Beni Baningime

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
24
Kyle Walker-Peters
35
Jan Bednarek yellow card
5
Jack Stephens yellow card
21
Ryan Bertrand
22
Nathan Redmond
14
Oriol Romeu
replace Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (69′)
16
James Ward-Prowse (C)
17
Stuart Armstrong yellow card
replace William Smallbone (88′)
10
Che Adams
replace Shane Long (70′)
9
Danny Ings goal
38
Kevin Danso
27
William Smallbone
64
Alexandre Jankewitz
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
20
Michael Obafemi
7
Shane Long
29
Jake Vokins
28
Angus Gunn
47
Will Ferry
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