Everton 1 – 2 So’ton

Everton dropped additional into the depths of the relegation zone after a 2-1 defeat to fellow strugglers Southampton, who are actually locked on the identical variety of factors on the foot of the Premier League desk.

On a day the place Goodison Park’s director’s field was empty after a “actual and credible menace” to the security and safety of the membership’s board, Andre Onana picked the right time to attain his first purpose since becoming a member of Everton in the summertime, heading past Gavin Bazunu from Demarai Gray’s nook (39).

But the guests hit again throughout a rejuvenated second interval which noticed James Ward-Prowse stage the scores (46) earlier than executing a trademark free-kick (78) to seal Southampton’s first win at Goodison since 1997 – and the primary league triumph of Nathan Jones ‘ tenure.

Everton followers engaged in a sit-in on the floor after the sport to protest the membership’s present plight.

Substitute Anthony Gordon was responsible of a reckless foul on Che Adams 30 yards out and Saints’ set-piece specialist whipped the ensuing useless ball over the wall, leaving Jordan Pickford immobile. It marked the sixteenth direct free-kick of Ward-Prowse’s profession as he continues to chase down David Beckham’s Premier League document (18).

Everton’s gamers look dejected on the remaining whistle

Southampton, ending a run of six straight league defeats, keep on the backside of the standings with 15 factors from their 19 video games, the identical quantity as Everton, who’re solely above them on purpose distinction.

How Everton’s disaster worsened in opposition to opportunistic Saints

James Ward-Prowse celebrates his equalizer vs Everton
James Ward-Prowse celebrates his equalizer vs Everton

The disaster at Everton has deepened. What makes issues worse for supervisor Frank Lampard is that his facet relinquished management of a tie which that they had a point of authority over, after Onana gave his facet carry-off with a nicely-timed header to interrupt the impasse.

There had been chants of ‘Sack the board’ earlier than kick-off, which solely grew to become louder and extra deafening as yet one more recreation unraveled earlier than the eyes of the struggling Everton trustworthy.

Everton spiralling

Everton are winless of their final seven PL matches (D2 L5), their longest run and not using a victory throughout the identical marketing campaign since Oct-Dec 2021 (eight underneath Rafa Benitez).

The Toffees have now misplaced their final 4 league outings at Goodison; the primary time they’ve misplaced 4 in a row on dwelling soil since a run of seven defeats between April and September 1958.

Ward-Prowse, Saints’ artistic catalyst, initiated the turnaround solely 46 seconds into the second interval when latching onto an Adams’ knockdown, earlier than expertly sidestepping Ben Godfrey and exhibiting nice composure to dispatch previous Pickford.

Everton fans stayed behind at Goodison Park to protest against the board
Everton followers stayed behind at Goodison Park to protest in opposition to the board

Returning to the beginning XI, Dominic Calvert-Lewin then had a deflected shot rattle off the crossbar, paving the best way for Ward-Prowse to steal the present with a headline-grabbing free-kick to settle the tie.

“Playing additional ahead fits me,” Ward-Prowse mentioned afterwards. “The supervisor has given me license to get ahead and into the field which provides me the prospect to attain extra targets.”

The ire from the house assist was directed in direction of the membership’s absent board of administrators, with one banner unfurled on the remaining whistle offering a message for chairman Bill Kenwright.

It learn: “18 years as chairman, lie after lie. There’s been no “good occasions”, you’ve got let our membership die.”

Jones: A dream week


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Nathan Jones mentioned Southampton needed to ‘actually dig deep’ to return again and win 2-1 in opposition to Everton at Goodison Park in what has been an amazing finish to the week for Saints after beating Man City within the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Southampton supervisor Nathan Jones:

“It has been an enormous week after the Forest defeat and the negativity surrounding that. Three competitions, three wins – huge, huge week.

“We needed to actually dig deep immediately they had been a really bodily robust facet – very direct. It jogged my memory of a Championship recreation actually. Once we acquired to grips with that I believed we had been the higher workforce. A dream week, actually.

“To get the purpose straight after half-time was key. When you see a workforce provide you with every part that is what you need as a supervisor.”

On James Ward-Prowse he added: “He’s excellent. He’s very, very particular. Some of the stuff he does in coaching is phenomenal so I do know what he is able to.”

Analysis: Where would Saints be with out luminous Ward-Prowse?

Only Matt Le Tissier (44) has scored extra away targets for Saints than James Ward-Prowse (28)

Sky Sports’ Laura Hunter:

“Southampton’s shining gentle. Their beacon of hope. The captain who leads by instance, whereas illuminating the center of the park together with his creativity, tenacity and unbelievable workload. At St Mary’s he’s unmatched.

“He may have gone elsewhere in the summertime – provides have been tabled throughout a number of switch home windows. But he has stayed. He has demonstrated loyalty that hardly ever exists in Premier League circles – typically to his personal detriment.

“The midfielder missed out on England choice for the Qatar World Cup. It could be speculative, maybe even naive, to counsel Ward-Prowse would have been assured a spot on the aircraft had been he not taking part in for the league’s worse facet (statistically). But the burden he assumes at Saints is definitely holding him again.

“Still in his prime at 28, he is scored six targets in his final 9 appearances in all competitions – immediately he overtook James Beattie’s document for away targets scored for Southampton (28). His significance to this facet can’t be overstated.

“For me, he’s the perfect technician within the Premier League,” supervisor Nathan Jones regaled submit-match. “The neatest thing is his humility…and need to do nicely for Southampton Football Club.”

“It’s troublesome to think about the place they might be with out him – sliding ever nearer to the Championship, you’ll assume.”

What’s subsequent?

Everton’s subsequent recreation is an important conflict away to fellow Premier League strugglers West Ham on Saturday – kick-off 3pm.

Southampton’s subsequent outing is a house Premier League recreation in opposition to Aston Villa on Saturday – kick-off 3pm.

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