Everton strike late as Saints held

By SFC Media Sat 05 May Everton v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Sat 05 May 5.30PM
Premier League
Everton
1
Southampton
1
Davies [90+6']
Redmond [56']
Schneiderlin (77') Davies (90+6')
Austin (45') Romeu (53') Yoshida (71') Hoedt (90+3') Long (90+7')
Yoshida (85')
Referee: Jonathan Moss | Venue: Goodison Park | Attendance: 38,225

Southampton were denied a crucial victory at Goodison Park, as Tom Davies’s deflected shot six minutes into added time cancelled out Nathan Redmond’s opener.

Saints were good value for three points, deservedly breaking the deadlock through substitute Redmond, and looked like seeing the job through in spite of Maya Yoshida's second yellow card five minutes from time.

But Davies tried his luck from distance with a speculative shot that contrived to beat Alex McCarthy by virtue of a huge deflection off Wesley Hoedt.

The result still lifts Saints out of the bottom three at the expense of Swansea, with the two sides due to meet in South Wales on Tuesday night.

Mark Hughes opted to stiffen up his midfield following the gutsy 2-1 win over Bournemouth last time out that reignited Saints’ survival hopes, as Redmond made way for the more combative Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

The way the Cherries bounced back from that defeat, by beating Swansea, signalled more good news as Saints kicked off with their destiny back in their own hands.

It was the visitors who started with the greater attacking intent, keeping good possession and pinning Everton back, but without the final killer pass to open up the hosts.

Twice Ryan Bertrand got in behind the defence down the left, only to cross the ball out of play.

Then Cédric’s pass deflected kindly into the path of Charlie Austin, who did not hesitate before lashing the bouncing ball goalwards to force Jordan Pickford into a first notable save. The strike was well hit but at a nice height for the England stopper.

Oriol Romeu tried his luck from distance with a shot that came off Phil Jagielka en route to goal, but again Pickford was in the right place to keep Saints at bay.

The half-time whistle was greeted by boos from the home fans, who have grown restless with their team’s style of football in recent weeks, while both managers responded with changes.

Hughes withdrew Mario Lemina, who had shown signs of physical discomfort, and introduced Redmond in his place.

Sam Allardyce, meanwhile, made a defensive alteration in a bid to match Saints’ approach, as Ramiro Funes Mori replaced the pacey Yannick Bolasie.

If that was designed to spark his side into life, it did not pay off. Hughes’s men finally forced the game’s first corner, before substitute Redmond made the desired impact.

Dušan Tadić was the architect, pausing for the overlapping Cédric to his right, whose first-time cross to the far post was gleefully met by the unmarked Redmond to head home through the legs of Pickford from six yards.

Nathan Redmond heads his first goal of the season 11 minutes into the second half 

Allardyce responded with another change, as Oumar Niasse was thrown on. All of a sudden, things started to happen for the hosts.

The Senegalese headed wide from a cross from the right, and then saw a shot blocked before standing up a cross of his own just beyond strike partner Cenk Tosun.

It was a brief flurry but no more than that, as back came Saints. 

Bertrand charged to the byeline before his cross was nearly turned into his own net by Jagielka, while Redmond’s solo run took him from his own half to the edge of the Everton box, where he was eventually crowded out.

Hughes introduced James Ward-Prowse and Shane Long for extra industry as time ticked away from Everton, for whom £24m Dutchman Davy Klaassen trotted on for his first Premier League appearance since September.

With only five minutes left, the dismissal of Yoshida gave the home fans hope after the defender could not prevent himself running into Niasse when the striker had already played the ball, bringing him to ground.

At the other end, the impactful Redmond was a constant outlet. After firing over from 20 yards, he ducked and weaved his way through before a rifled left-footer struck the sturdy frame of Pickford.

Saints were close, but two minutes into added time Hoedt upended Seamus Coleman to enter the book and present an opportunity for Leighton Baines to strike from prime free-kick territory.

Up stepped the left-back, who could not have struck it sweeter high to McCarthy’s left, but the keeper was there – just as he was in the last knockings against Bournemouth – to save dramatically.

That was surely that, only for Davies to strike the cruellest of equalisers six minutes into stoppage time, which even the most ardent Evertonian would say was scarcely deserved.

Everton

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    54
    46
  • Shots
    9
    11
  • Shots on target
    3
    5
  • Corners
    3
    4
  • Passes Complete
    325
    264

Everton

1
Jordan Pickford (GK)
6
Phil Jagielka (C)
Davy Klaassen (80′)
3
Leighton Baines
23
Seamus Coleman
4
Michael Keane
26
Tom Davies
27
Nikola Vlasic
Oumar Niasse (58′)
2
Morgan Schneiderlin
7
Yannick Bolasie
Ramiro Funes Mori (45′)
17
Idrissa Gueye
14
Cenk Tosun
54
Beni Baningime
15
Cuco Martina
33
Joel Robles
20
Davy Klaassen
19
Oumar Niasse
25
Ramiro Funes Mori
43
Jonjoe Kenny

Southampton

13
Alex McCarthy (GK)
3
Maya Yoshida
6
Wesley Hoedt
35
Jan Bednarek
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
21
Ryan Bertrand (C)
2
Cédric Soares
14
Oriol Romeu
18
Mario Lemina
Nathan Redmond (45′)
11
Dusan Tadic
James Ward-Prowse (70′)
10
Charlie Austin
Shane Long (76′)
22
Nathan Redmond
5
Jack Stephens
16
James Ward-Prowse
38
Sam McQueen
7
Shane Long
44
Fraser Forster
20
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