Saints fightback falls short

Goodison Park | Sat 18 Aug 3PM | Attendance: 38,601
Match Report Highlights

EVE vs Saints
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EVE vs Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Ings scores on first Saints start, but Everton run out 2-1 winners at Goodison Park
  • Walcott and Richarlison goals had Everton 2-0 up at half time
  • Ings denied by spectacular Pickford save at 1-0
  • Mark Hughes makes two changes - Ings and Ward-Prowse for Vestergaard (ill) and Armstrong

i think we played well enough in the first half but found ourselves 2-0 down due to lapses in our play... in the second half, we had a go, got back in the game and pushed for the goal that would have got us back on level terms.

mark hughes
southampton manager
18.23

Saints beaten despite Ings' first goal

Danny Ings marked his first Southampton start with a goal, but it was not enough to salvage a result from Goodison Park, which remains an unhappy hunting ground for Saints teams past and present.


Read our report in full here.

FULL TIME: Everton 2-1 Southampton

It's all over at Goodison Park, where Everton have held on to the lead given to them by first-half goals from Theo Walcott and Richarlison. Danny Ings' second-half reply gave Saints hope, but no equaliser was forthcoming, and it's a winning start for Marco Silva in his first home match in charge.

90’

Five added minutes to be played...

Can we carve out one last chance?

85’

Everton substitution: Oumar Niasse replaces Richarlison de Andrade

Richarlison departs to a standing ovation, and in his place comes Niasse for the closing stages.

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85’

Southampton substitution: Stuart Armstrong replaces James Ward-Prowse

FInal throw of the dice for Hughes, who has introduced his three most attacking substitutes.

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83’

McCarthy denies Gueye

Everton's lead is precarious and the hosts are determined to kill the game, but McCarthy is well positioned to deny Gueye's shot from distance.

80’

Ward-Prowse denied by Pickford

From a free-kick wide on the left, Ward-Prowse tries to catch out Pickford at his near post, but the keeper is alert and beats the ball out.

78’

Ings takes a painful kick

Pickford rushes out and clears the ball just in front of Ings, but in doing so follows through on to the striker, whose shirt is ripped by the impact of the goalkeeper's studs. Thankfully, that's the extent of the damage.

74’

Everton substitution: Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaces Cenk Tosun

It's a straight swap up front for the hosts.

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72’

Southampton substitution: Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Oriol Romeu

Saints now have three strikers on the pitch, as Gabbiadini joins Ings and Long for the final 20 minutes. Let's keep pushing!

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70’

Southampton substitution: Shane Long replaces Charlie Austin

Long is on for Austin in the first change of the game.

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69’

Golden chance missed by Walcott

Great football by Everton, as Walcott plays a slick one-two with Sigurdsson, but with only McCarthy to beat, the former Saint drags his shot wide for a glaring miss.

68’

Walcott goal ruled out

Walcott finds space in the box to dispatch a low cutback, but the goal is ruled out for offside in the build up.

Ings celebrates first Saints goal

Danny Ings wheels away in celebration after bringing Saints back into the game at Goodison Park. There's 25 minutes to go, and the game is back in the balance. Come on, Saints!

62’

Richarlison goes down

Not for the first time, goalscorer Richarlison is down and receiving treatment, prompting an extended break in play.

58’

Yellow Card for Jack Stephens (Southampton)

Stephens goes into the book for bringing down Tosun. That's five yellow cards - all to Saints players.

58’

Lemina treading a tightrope

Already booked, Lemina is penalised for a foul in midfield. He needs to watch his step here, as referee Lee Mason has been very strict so far.

GOALSCORER 9 Danny Ings

Ings halves the deficit!

The striker celebrates his first Saints start with his first Saints goal! Ward-Prowse's corner was flicked on by Lemina and tucked in by Ings from inside the six-yard box with a true poacher's finish.

54’

GOOOAL!!!

Danny Ings (54’) | 2 1

48’

Ings goes close!

A positive start to the second half for Saints, as Bertrand surges forward to the byeline and cuts the ball back for Ings, who finds himself in a great position but Keane gets in the way to make an important block.

45’

The second half is under way

We're back into the action at Goodison Park, where neither side have made a half-time change. Saints need a big performance to get themselves back into this. Come on, lads!

HALF TIME: Everton 2-0 Southampton

It's been a tough start to life on the road for Saints. Set-pieces have caused problems at both ends, but it's Everton who have taken full advantage with two goals in the first period. Theo Walcott finished a well-worked free-kick routine, before his cross was headed in by Richarlison at the near post.

45’

Yellow Card for Cédric (Southampton)

A fourth Saints booking - this time for Cédric with half time approaching.

43’

Everton apply more pressure

Austin heads a Sigurdsson free-kick behind for a corner, which causes more problems in the Saints box but is eventually cleared. Mark Hughes will want to get his players in to regroup at half time.

36’

Yellow Card for Oriol Romeu (Southampton)

A third yellow card of the first half for Saints, as Romeu goes in a little too strongly on Richarlison.

35’

Ings goes close again

Ings has been lively on his first start, and goes close again after getting his head to a Ward-Prowse corner, but it's a couple of yards wide of the far post.

Richarlison makes it two

Within seconds of Richarlison recovering from that nasty fall, he meets Walcott's right-wing cross with a firm downward header at the near post to beat McCarthy.

30’

GOAL

Richarlison de Andrade (30’) | 2 0

29’

Saints penalty appeal turned down

Richarlison lands awkwardly in the Saints box. With the Brazilian still down, the visitors launch a quick-fire counter-attack as Ings feeds Austin, who goes down in attempting to round Pickford, but referee Lee Mason sees nothing wrong and Everton survive.

26’

Pickford somehow keeps Ings at bay

So unlucky! Cédric's speculative shot is fumbled by Pickford and Ings is quick to react, but the keeper somehow recovers to divert the rebound against the crossbar. An incredible save to deny Saints an equaliser.

23’

Everton substitution: Tom Davies replaces Morgan Schneiderlin

Former Saint Schneiderlin has been forced off with injury - possibly a consequence of that earlier Lemina tackle.

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22’

Ings shoots over

Ings makes a clever run in behind the Everton defence, but the angle tightens rapidly and he can't keep his effort on target.

20’

Yellow Card for Mario Lemina (Southampton)

Already a second caution for Saints, as Lemina takes out Schneiderlin in midfield.

19’

Tosun tests McCarthy

Everton striker Tosun lets fly from 25 yards, but his low shot along the ground is comfortably held by McCarthy.

17’

Yellow Card for Wesley Hoedt (Southampton)

Hoedt goes into the book for going through the back of Tosun near the halfway line.

Walcott finishes a clever free-kick routine

Set-pieces have certainly caused the biggest threat, and Everton have profited from one to take the lead. Baines takes it short to Schneiderlin, whose first-time pass around the corner releases Walcott to score. Saints were caught off guard by the disguise and paid the price.

15’

GOAL

Theo Walcott (15’) | 1 0

10’

Austin heads wide

Set-pieces remain the most likely route to goal at both ends, as Ward-Prowse whips one in from deep that Austin meets in the middle of the box, but his header drops wide of Pickford's right-hand post.

8’

Romeu blocks Gueye's volley

Sigurdsson delivers another set-piece, this time a deep corner met on the volley by the onrushing Gueye, but Romeu is in the right place to make the block.

6’

Keane denied by McCarthy

First clear sight of goal is for Everton, as Sigurdsson's delivery is met by the head of Keane, but it's straight at McCarthy, who makes the save.

4’

Saints force the first corner

Austin's shot takes a big deflection, loops into the air and goes behind for a corner, but Ward-Prowse's delivery is cleared to safety.

1’

We're under way!

Nathan Redmond gets the action off and running. Come on, Saints!

We're ready for kick-off!

The teams are out and we're ready to go at Goodison Park! 

15.00

📸 See the best warm-up snaps!

Saints have been out warming up in preparation for kick-off, which is now just 15 minutes away!

14.47

💭 Mark Hughes's final pre-match thoughts

Hear from the boss ahead of kick-off at Goodison Park, as he discussed his team selection for Saints' first away game of the new season.

14.30

Watch Saints arrive at Goodison!

Our cameras were on hand to capture the player arrivals here at Goodison Park, where we're counting down to kick-off. Stay with us for all the build-up and match action!

14.22

we showed two different faces against burnley and we want to show the good one today. we're going to try to play a little bit more forward, press them better and see if we can create chances, like we did in the second half last week.

oriol romeu
southampton midfielder
14.20

Two changes for Saints at Goodison

Mark Hughes makes a pair of alterations to his side who were held to a goalless draw by Burnley on the opening day, introducing more attacking intent with Danny Ings starting alongside Charlie Austin up front. James Ward-Prowse also comes in, to play on the right side of a four-man midfield, while Stuart Armstrong drops to the bench and Jannik Vestergaard is unfortunately sidelined by illness.

14.14

Everton team confirmed

Starting XI: Pickford, Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Baines, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Tosun.

Subs: Stekelenburg, Zouma, Kenny, Davies, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin, Niasse.

14.01

Saints team confirmed 😇

Starting XI: McCarthy, Cédric, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Lemina, Redmond, Ings, Austin.

Subs: Gunn, Yoshida, Targett, Højbjerg, Armstrong, Long, Gabbiadini.

14.00

1️⃣5️⃣ minutes until team news! ⏳

Wonder what's on the mind of the boss, Saints fans? Vote in our poll who you think should start! 🗳

13.46
VOTE NOW
If you made one change, who would you start today?

If you made one change, who would you start today?

The results so far:

  • Danny Ings
    67%
  • Mohamed Elyounoussi
    9%
  • Manolo Gabbiadini
    9%
  • James Ward-Prowse
    9%
  • Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
    5%
  • Jan Bednarek
    0%

All set at Goodison Park! 

Saints have arrived at Goodison Park! We'll bring you the team news at 2pm and all the build up from Merseyside. COYR!

13.27
VOTE NOW
Which signing impressed you most against Burnley?

Which signing impressed you most against Burnley?

The results so far:

  • Stuart Armstrong
    18%
  • Moi Elyounoussi
    13%
  • Danny Ings
    47%
  • Jannik Vestergaard
    23%

Hughes previews Everton encounter

Watch our interview with Southampton boss Mark Hughes as he looks ahead to today's meeting with Everton in the Premier League.

11.40

our away support was fantastic last year and i'm fully expecting good support again, but with the proviso that we have to perform to gain that. it's never a given and it shouldn't be taken for granted.

mark hughes
southampton boss
11.38

Matchday on Merseyside

It's the first away game of the Premier League season for Southampton as they take on Everton at Goodison Park. After a positive performance and a point against Burnley on the opening day, Mark Hughes's men have a platform to build from, while hosts Everton secured a precious point at Wolves in their first outing. Stay with us on the countdown to kick-off! 🔴⚪️

11.36

EVE vs Saints Line Ups

Everton

1
Jordan Pickford (GK)
2
Mason Holgate
4
Michael Keane
3
Leighton Baines
23
Seamus Coleman (C)
18
Morgan Schneiderlin
Tom Davies (24′)
17
Idrissa Gueye
10
Gylfi Sigurdsson
30
Richarlison
Oumar Niasse (86′)
11
Theo Walcott
14
Cenk Tosun
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (75′)
26
Tom Davies
31
Ademola Lookman
22
Maarten Stekelenburg
29
Dominic Calvert-Lewin
43
Jonjoe Kenny
19
Oumar Niasse
5
Kurt Zouma

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
2
Cédric Soares
6
Wesley Hoedt
21
Ryan Bertrand (C)
5
Jack Stephens
18
Mario Lemina
14
Oriol Romeu
Manolo Gabbiadini (72′)
16
James Ward-Prowse
Stuart Armstrong (84′)
22
Nathan Redmond
10
Charlie Austin
Shane Long (58′)
9
Danny Ings
33
Matt Targett
3
Maya Yoshida
17
Stuart Armstrong
28
Angus Gunn
7
Shane Long
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

EVE vs Saints Match Stats

Everton

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    58
    42
  • Shots
    13
    15
  • Shots on target
    7
    4
  • Corners
    2
    5
  • Passes Complete
    313
    185

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Danny Ings
Danny Ings
Shots On Target
2
Danny Ings
Danny Ings
Chances Created
5
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Passes Completed
25
Wesley Hoedt
Wesley Hoedt
Tackles
2
Ryan Bertrand
Ryan Bertrand
Clearances
5
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
Saves
5
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy