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Saints soar past league leaders

premier-league St Mary's Stadium | Sun 25 Oct 2PM | Attendance: 0
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Saints vs EVE
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Saints vs EVE As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Ward-Prowse and Adams on target as Saints lead Everton 2-0 at St Mary's
  • Digne shown a straight red card for ugly tackle on Walker-Peters 
  • Saints set to move into top five and inflict a first defeat on leaders Everton
  • Armstrong back in starting XI, but Walcott, Djenepo, Smallbone and Salisu all sidelined

Read our report 😇

Relive an excellent afternoon's work with our match report from St Mary's!

16.31

FULL TIME: Southampton 2-0 Everton

That's it! An impressive performance from start to finish from Saints, who deservedly take the three points and end Everton's unbeaten start to the season. First-half goals from James Ward-Prowse and Ché Adams decided it, with Lucas Digne's second-half dismissal for an ugly tackle on Kyle Walker-Peters ending the visitors' hopes of a revival. Saints move up to fifth, three points off the top...

+1’

Yellow Card for Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)

It's a yellow card for Calvert-Lewin, who was late on Vestergaard. The striker had scored in every game this season coming into this one.

90’

5️⃣ added minutes...

Everton's misery is almost at an end. Five more minutes for them to endure.

89’

N'Lundulu comes on for his debut 💥

It's a first senior appearance for young striker Dan N'Lundulu, who is on for Adams for the final minutes.

87’

Southampton substitution: Ibrahima Diallo replaces Stuart Armstrong

It's a home debut for Diallo, as Armstrong makes way.

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84’

Ward-Prowse's touch just lets him down

Everton can't wait for this to be all over. It's wave after wave of Saints attack, as this time Romeu lifts the ball in behind for Ward-Prowse, who makes another lung-busting run from deep but cannot bring the ball down as a big chance beckoned.

79’

Is James injured?

Everton's Colombian talisman is walking around and looks uncomfortable. He just trotted across for a word with his manager, but the visitors have already made their three substitutions. It looks like he'll have to continue.

78’

Allan rescues Everton

Again Saints threaten a third, as Armstrong's pass across goal is crucially intercepted by Allan with Adams poised to shoot. Ings was also available to Armstrong's left, as Saints continue to flood forward in search of more goals.

72’

Red Card for Lucas Digne (Everton)

Digne is shown a straight red for an ugly challenge down the back of Walker-Peters's achilles. He's down receiving treatment, while Everton are down to 10 men.

63’

Yellow Card for Bernard Anício Caldeira Duarte (Everton)

Bernard sends Romeu flying and goes into the book.

62’

Saints come close again

Another excellent counter-attack is led by Adams, before Armstrong finds space on the left and fires the ball across goal with Ings rushing in, but it flashes beyond the reach of the onrushing striker, who is hungry to get his name on the scoresheet.

58’

Everton substitution: Anthony Gordon replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson

Gordon comes on to play on the left, with Bernard moving inside where Sigurdsson was playing.

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58’

Everton substitution: Fabian Delph replaces Abdoulaye Doucouré

Saints defend the free-kick, and now Everton will make a double change - that's all three of their substitutions used up before the hour.

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56’

Yellow Card for Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton)

The defender goes into the book for handling Digne's cross from the left. It's a free-kick near the left corner of the penalty area, with Sigurdsson and Digne standing over it.

55’

Redmond shoots off target

Another swift counter-attack from Saints, who looked like getting caught in their own half but Bednarek won the ball back, before Walker-Peters and Armstrong combined to find Redmond, but the winger's attempted curler is high and wide of the far corner.

53’

Bertrand goes down in the box...

Saints have continued their energetic approach at the start of the second half. Bertrand goes down under the challenge of James in the box, and now Bednarek is down having taken a knock off the ball. Everton seemingly survive on both counts.

48’

Everton substitution: Bernard Anício Caldeira Duarte replaces Alex Iwobi

Everton made a change at half time, with Bernard replacing Iwobi wide on the left. Everton are missing the suspended Richarlison in that position.

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46’

Second half is under way

We're back up and running at St Mary's!

HALF TIME: Southampton 2-0 Everton

A superb first half for Saints draws to a close. The hosts have outplayed the Premier League leaders and taken advantage with goals from James Ward-Prowse and Ché Adams, both assisted by Danny Ings. Everton fired a warning shot when Gylfi Sigurdsson hammered a long-range shot against the crossbar, but otherwise have been excellently contained by a buoyant home team. More of the same, please!

45’

1️⃣ added minute...

We're into a short period of first-half stoppage time at St Mary's.

41’

Saints denied a third!

This has been a brilliant first half from Saints, who have the ball in the net for a third time, only to be denied by the offside flag. Adams runs in behind the defence, holds the ball up, waits for support and feeds the onrushing Armstrong, who finishes in style from 20 yards, but Adams is retrospectively flagged offside after the assistant referee allowed Saints to complete the attack.

GOALSCORER 10 Ché Adams

ADAMS MAKES IT TWO!!!

Saints have been well on top and deservedly double their lead thanks to more good work from Ings, who crosses to the far post where Adams and Ward-Prowse are both waiting. The striker takes charge, steadies himself and thumps a low shot into the net. Great stuff here at St Mary's!

34’

GOOOAL!!!

Ché Adams (34’) | 2 0

33’

Saints continue on the front foot

The goal has not stopped Saints pushing forward for more, as Redmond gets to the byeline and stands up a delicate cross to the far post, but nobody in red and white reads his intentions and Everton clear the danger.

GOALSCORER 8 James Ward-Prowse

PROWSEEEYYYYY!!!!

Saints have the opener, as Ings threads the ball in behind the Everton defence for Ward-Prowse, who takes a touch across Digne and blasts the ball past Pickford! Get in!

26’

GOOOAL!!!

James Ward-Prowse (26’) | 1 0

26’

Ings forces another mistake

More good pressing from Saints' leading man, this time forcing Keane to concede a throw-in deep inside his own half. He just never stops, does he? 😅

23’

Redmond tries his luck

Good pressure from Saints, who launch attacks down both flanks, before Romeu picks out Redmond on the far side of the box, but he's off balance as he shoots and blazes the ball high and wide.

19’

So unlucky from Sigurdsson...

That's a let-off for Saints, as James spreads the play to Sigurdsson, who attacks the left corner of the penalty area and lets fly with a rocket of a shot that dips suddenly and crashes against the top of the crossbar with McCarthy rooted to the spot. That would have been some goal.

17’

Bertrand on the attack again

The Saints left-back needs no second invitation to gallop forward, but this time his drilled cross is into the side-netting.

16’

...It's a first save for McCarthy

James strikes it well, but it's too close to the Saints No 1, who safely takes it into his grasp.

14’

Free-kick for Everton...

This is in shooting territory, just right of centre, after Bertrand trips Calvert-Lewin 25 yards from goal. James Rodríguez is eyeing it up...

13’

Redmond goes close! 😨

That was a great chance for Saints, as Bertrand charged down the left and cut the ball back for Redmond, but he rather scuffed his first-time shot, dragging it wide of the far post but not wide enough for the onrushing Adams, who slid in hoping for a tap in.

12’

First sight of goal for Calvert-Lewin

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the Premier League's joint top scorer, having scored in every match so far. Iwobi looks to pick him out with a low ball across the six-yard line, but Bednarek does enough to force it behind for a corner.

10’

Ings hunts down Pickford

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has been in the spotlight this week after his heavy challenge on Virgil van Dijk led to the former Saint sustaining a serious injury in the Merseyside derby. Danny Ings tries to test out the England stopper as he sprints to close him down, and forces a nervous clearance out for a throw-in.

5’

Everton launch their first attack

Allan escapes Ward-Prowse in midfield, before Keane sees Iwobi in space down the left. He plays a difficult first-time pass to set the winger free, but it's just overhit and Everton miss the chance to create an opening.

3’

Early pressure from Saints! 💪

Ward-Prowse swings in a typically devilish free-kick that's put behind for a corner, before his flag kick is aimed at Vestergaard, who commits a foul as he rises to meet it. Encouraging early signs...

0’

We're up and running! 

The game is under way at St Mary's. Come on you Saints!

🔟 minutes to go! ⏳

Kick-off is looming at St Mary's - stay with us for live match updates and all the key moments!

13.50

First-team debut incoming? 🤔

Young striker Dan N'Lundulu is among the substitutes this afternoon! He has been on the bench previously, but never featured for the first team... could today be Dan's day?

13.37

Feeling confident 😀

56% of you responded to our first poll of the day saying you fancy a Saints win today! Everton's unbeaten record has to end at some point, right?

13.30
VOTE NOW
POLL: Who's going to be our key man today, Saints fans?

POLL: Who's going to be our key man today, Saints fans?

The results so far:

  • Kyle Walker-Peters
    9%
  • James Ward-Prowse
    11%
  • Stuart Armstrong
    33%
  • Nathan Redmond
    2%
  • Ché Adams
    9%
  • Danny Ings
    35%

Never. Give. Up. 

Remind yourselves of our last Premier League outing, as Saints showed their spirit to rescue a point at Stamford Bridge 👊

13.13
Southampton FC

Welcome to the 💯 club, @alexmccarthy 👏 #saintsfc

13.07

Armstrong returns in only Saints change

As expected, it's just the one enforced change for Ralph Hasenhüttl, as Stuart Armstrong takes the place of Theo Walcott, who is ineligible to face his parent club. Stick with us as we countdown to kick-off! ⏳

13.07

Everton team confirmed

Starting XI: Pickford, Godfrey, Keane, Mina, Digne, Doucouré, Allan, Sigurdsson, James, Calvert-Lewin, Iwobi. 

Subs: Olsen, Nkounkou, Delph, Davies, Gomes, Bernard, Gordon.

13.02

SAINTS TEAM CONFIRMED 😇

Starting XI: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Armstrong, Redmond, Ings, Adams.

Subs: Forster, Stephens, Vokins, Diallo, Tella, Long, N'Lundulu.

13.00

Hunting back-to-back home wins!

Remember last time at St Mary's? Three weeks ago Saints saw off West Brom with a convincing victory on home soil!

12.37

ICYMI: Two more Saints games to be televised!

Saints' home matches in November against Newcastle and Manchester United will both be broadcast live on Sky Sports - click here for more info.

12.32

Less than an hour until team news! ⏳

Who would be in your Saints XI this afternoon? We'll reveal both team line-ups at 1pm BST!

12.11

Your COMPLETE guide to Saints vs Everton 📖

Find out everything you could ever wish to know about today's game inside our Match Pack!

11.33

😇 4️⃣-1️⃣ 🍬

A classic win from 2017! Relive a comprehensive victory at St Mary's as two very different line-ups took to the field three years ago...

11.19

Armstrong back in contention 💪

With information on FIVE Saints players, check out the manager's team news update here.

11.14
VOTE NOW
POLL: How are you feeling about today's game, Saints fans?

POLL: How are you feeling about today's game, Saints fans?

The results so far:

  • CONFIDENT! We are in good form, fancy a win ��
    56%
  • I'd be happy with a draw ��
    35%
  • Everton look strong... think we could struggle ��
    8%

Stat of the Week 🤓

Danny Ings loves facing Everton! He scored his first Saints goal against them and netted in both meetings last season 👏

11.00
Southampton FC

BACK TO BUSINESS 👊 #saintsfc

10.56

it will be an interesting game, i think, an intense game against a strong side. for us, it's another chance for us to show up and prove we can be a competitive opponent.

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager
10.55

Hear from the boss! 🎥

Hear the pre-match thoughts of Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, who discusses the prospect of tackling the in-form Toffees.

10.54

🏡🔙

It's matchday at St Mary's! Saints return to the scene of the 2-0 win against West Brom three weeks ago, having come back from the international break with a valuable point on the road at Chelsea. Today's opponents, Everton, are the early season Premier League pacesetters, sitting top of the table after an unbeaten start to the new campaign. Join us for the build-up, team news and live updates!

10.47

Saints vs EVE Line Ups

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
2
Kyle Walker-Peters yellow card
4
Jannik Vestergaard
3
Ryan Bertrand
35
Jan Bednarek
11
Nathan Redmond
17
Stuart Armstrong
replace Ibrahima Diallo (86′)
8
James Ward-Prowse (C) goal
6
Oriol Romeu
10
Che Adams goal
replace Daniel N'Lundulu (89′)
9
Danny Ings
7
Shane Long
40
Daniel N'Lundulu
27
Ibrahima Diallo
44
Fraser Forster
5
Jack Stephens
23
Nathan Tella
29
Jake Vokins

Everton

1
Jordan Pickford (GK)
12
Lucas Digne red card
22
Ben Godfrey
13
Yerry Mina
5
Michael Keane
6
Allan
10
Gylfi Sigurdsson (C)
replace Fabian Delph (58′)
16
Abdoulaye Doucouré
replace Anthony Gordon (58′)
19
James Rodríguez
17
Alex Iwobi
replace Bernard (45′) yellow card
9
Dominic Calvert-Lewin yellow card
26
Tom Davies
21
André Gomes
20
Bernard
18
Niels Nkounkou
8
Fabian Delph
24
Anthony Gordon
33
Robin Olsen

Saints vs EVE Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Everton
  • Possession (%)
    54
    comparison angle
    46
  • Shots
    13
    comparison angle
    6
  • Shots on target
    6
    comparison angle
    2
  • Corners
    4
    comparison angle
    5
  • Passes Complete
    539
    comparison angle
    435

Top Saints Player Stats

shots on target
Goals
1
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
shots on target
Shots On Target
2
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
chances created
Chances Created
3
Ryan Bertrand
Ryan Bertrand
passes completed
Passes Completed
82
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
tackles
Tackles
3
Nathan Redmond
Nathan Redmond
clearances
Clearances
6
Jannik Vestergaard
Jannik Vestergaard
saves
Saves
2
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy