Saints through on penalties at Everton

By SFC Media time Tue 02 Oct Everton v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Danny Ings
Tue 02 Oct 7.45PM
Carabao Cup
Southampton win 3-4 on penalties
Walcott [85']
Ings [44']
Schneiderlin (39')
yellow card
Bednarek (80')
Referee: Chris Kavanagh | Venue: Goodison Park | Attendance: 30,545

Southampton progressed through to the last 16 of the Carabao Cup with victory over Everton on penalties at Goodison Park.

It seemed Danny Ings’s fourth goal in five games would be enough to secure Saints’ place in the fourth round courtesy of a second successive away win in the competition at the home of Premier League opponents.

Having downed Brighton at the Amex Stadium back in August, Mark Hughes’s men were at it again when Ings struck on the stroke of half time, but Saints old boy Theo Walcott arrived off the bench to take the tie to spot-kicks with a late equaliser.

Walcott went from hero to villain when his penalty – Everton’s fourth – was saved by Angus Gunn following Richarlison’s earlier miss, leaving Cédric to step up and secure victory after Matt Targett had been denied by Maarten Stekelenburg.

Hughes made six changes to his side, but still fielded a very experienced team.

Maya Yoshida started at the heart of a Saints back three, flanked by Jack Stephens and Jan Bednarek, with young goalkeeper Gunn making only his second appearance for the club behind them.

Cédric and Targett were the wing-backs, while Ings kept his place up front, supported by Manolo Gabbiadini.

Saints started firmly on the front foot. Having forced two corners in the opening two minutes, the visitors then carved out the first notable chance.

Ings, playing on the shoulder of the last defender, was quick to latch on to a ball over the top of the Everton backline, but, forced wide on to his less favoured left foot, could only shoot against the legs of former Saint Stekelenburg.

Having initially struggled to find their rhythm, the hosts eventually played their way into the game, but were still lacking any end product.

After Leighton Baines and Bernard were both guilty of overhitting crosses, Nathan Redmond picked up possession midway inside the Everton half and embarked on a positive run towards the box.

Setting his sights from 25 yards, the winger didn’t catch his shot properly, dragging it wide of Stekeleburg’s right-hand post.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Angus Gunn of Southampton saves during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on October 2nd, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Angus Gunn would be one of Saints' heroes after saving Theo Walcott's penalty

It was another sign of Everton’s vulnerability, but one that sparked the home team into life.

Gunn was soon making his first save, beating away Bernard’s vicious strike, before Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman sent curling shots whistling just past the post. Lookman’s in particular was far too close for comfort.

Brazilian Bernard was scheming again when he danced down the left and crossed to the far post, but Matt Targett was handily placed to head clear, crucially.

It was a decent game. Back came Saints, with Gabbiadini ambitiously volleying wide as a delivery from the right came across his body.

The visitors would finish the half as they started it – on top. The busy Redmond darted down the left, cut back on to his right foot and drilled a low shot towards the near post, rattling the base of the upright in the process.

Everton did not heed the warning, as Redmond found himself in a similar spot in the penultimate minute of the half, this time crossing low for Ings, who took a touch and picked his spot, shooting across the keeper and into the bottom corner.

The on-loan Liverpool striker – not the most popular figure on blue nose territory – had scored his fourth goal of the season, two of which have come at Goodison Park.

Everton boss Marco Silva, clearly unhappy with his side’s efforts, made a half-time change, introducing Oumar Niasse as a supplementary forward.

Straightaway the substitute tore down the right and crossed, bringing a roar of approval from the Evertonians, who demanded greater urgency.

With a lead to protect, Saints could play on the counter. Targett got himself beyond Redmond, just failing to pick out Gabbiadini, who had cleverly held his run to invite the cutback.

Meanwhile, Lookman’s last act was to be denied by Gunn, who steamed from his line to save bravely one against one. In his place came Richarlison, who, like Ings, had scored in this fixture back in August.

Everton were still unable to gather any real momentum. Each chance seemed an isolated opportunity before Saints regained their composure.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Danny Ings of Southampton puts his side 1-0 up during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on October 2nd, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Danny Ings fires home the opener just before half time at Goodison Park

It certainly had the feeling that a second goal would finish off the subdued hosts. When Stephens met a Redmond corner, you felt that could be that, only for Stekelenburg to produce a brilliant reaction save to tip it over.

Then Pierre-Emile Højbjerg found himself as Saints’ furthest forward player, receiving the ball from Redmond before firing over as he tried to be a little too clever shooting with the outside of his right boot.

Richarlison’s first action was to run at Stephens, who was far from impressed when the Brazilian optimistically went to ground in the box, prompting the defender to have a few choice words with his adversary.

With 17 minutes left, Hughes opted to shore things up in the midfield, as Steven Davis replaced Gabbiadini.

It was Saints’ first and final change, while Silva was soon making his third, as one familiar face replaced another with Walcott entering the fray in place of Morgan Schneiderlin.

By this point, Jonjoe Kenny had already sent a few hearts fluttering with a piledriver from long range that flew narrowly wide of Gunn’s goal, but clear-cut opportunities remained at a premium for those in blue until Walcott struck late on.

After Niasse got the better of Yoshida, Walcott accelerated into space and, found by his teammate, finished coolly past the advancing Gunn.

Everton were not prepared to settle for penalties and searched for a winner. When Baines planted a cross on to the head of Michael Keane it should have been forthcoming, but the defender’s radar was off.

So to spot-kicks. Richarlison blazed over from Everton’s third; Targett was denied by Stekelenburg from Saints’ fourth.

When Gunn denied Walcott with a superb stop down to his left, Cédric stepped up, following in the footsteps of Ings, Davis and Højbjerg, to send the keeper the wrong way and Saints into the fourth round.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Angus Gunn of Southampton is beaten by Theo Walcott who equalises for Everton during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on October 2nd, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Walcott beats Gunn... but the keeper has the last laugh in the shoot-out 

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Maarten Stekelenburg (GK)
Kurt Zouma
Michael Keane
Leighton Baines (C)
Jonjoe Kenny
Morgan Schneiderlin yellow card
replace Theo Walcott (79′) goal
Tom Davies
Kieran Dowell
replace Oumar Niasse (45′)
Ademola Lookman
replace Richarlison (60′)
Cenk Tosun
Oumar Niasse
Lucas Digne
Mason Holgate
João Virgínia
Idrissa Gueye
Theo Walcott


Angus Gunn (GK)
Jan Bednarek yellow card
Jack Stephens
Maya Yoshida (C)
Mario Lemina
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Cédric Soares
Matt Targett
Manolo Gabbiadini
replace Steven Davis (73′)
Nathan Redmond
Danny Ings goal
Steven Davis
James Ward-Prowse
Oriol Romeu
Stuart Armstrong
Wesley Hoedt
Charlie Austin
Harry Lewis
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