Austin strike sees off Everton

St Mary's Stadium | Sun 27 Nov 4.30PM
Match Report Highlights

Saints v EVE Match Centre

Saints v EVE As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Charlie Austin nets the winner with a goal after just 41 seconds
  • Josh Sims impresses on his Southampton debut with an assist
  • Maarten Stekelenburg denied both Austin and Ward-Prowse with good saves
  • Saints have still suffered just one defeat at St Mary's this season

Sims delight at Saints debut

We spoke to young winger Josh Sims after he made an impressive Southampton debut in the 1-0 victory over Everton at St Mary's.

20.11

FULL TIME: Saints 1-0 Everton

It's a hard-fought victory for Southampton as Charlie Austin's strike earns all three points for boss Claude Puel. Get in there! 😇

+2’

Barry's volley saved

Everton press in search of a winner but Gareth Barry sees his volley from the edge of the area comfortably collected.

Into the final minutes

We're into three minutes added time here at St Mary's, where Saints still lead courtesy of Charlie Austin.

88’

Southampton substitution: Shane Long replaces Charlie Austin

84’

Saints sub: Sam McQueen replaces Josh Sims

Second change from Claude Puel as Sam McQueen replaces the impressive debutant Josh Sims.

82’

Everton substitution: Enner Valencia replaces Leighton Baines

80’

Ward-Prowse close again

James Ward-Prowse takes down Cédric's cross superbly, before seeing his shot saved at point blank range by Maarten Stekelenburg.

78’

Southampton substitution: Jordy Clasie replaces Nathan Redmond

First change for the hosts as Jordy Clasie replaces Nathan Redmond.

77’

Stekelenburg spills

Charlie Austin latches on to the loose ball after Maarten Stekelenburg spills James Ward-Prowse's shot, before teeing up the midfielder, who turns his shot wide.

70’

Everton substitution: Kevin Mirallas replaces Ross Barkley

Second change from Ronald Koeman as Everton search for an equaliser.

67’

Superb interplay from Saints

Virgil van Dijk makes a driving run from the back but can't quite reach the final ball after good play from Charlie Austin and James Ward-Prowse.

64’

Everton substitution: Gerard Deulofeu replaces Aaron Lennon

64’

Bolasie goes close

Seamus Coleman's cross is met acrobatically by Yannick Bolasie, forcing a superb save from Fraser Forster before a foul is given on Cédric.

58’

Great save from Stekelenburg!

Charlie Austin meets a cross from the right with his head and it looks to be heading for the corner before a fine save from former Saints loanee Maarten Stekelenburg. 

55’

Driving run from Bolasie 

Yannick Bolasie drives forward from midfield at pace, before unleashing a right-footed shot that drifts wide.

53’

Lukaku free-kick well over

Romelu Lukaku steps up to take a free-kick in a promising position after Idrissa Gueye was fouled, but his left-footed strike isn't troubling Fraser Forster.

49’

Ward-Prowse corner comes to nothing

James Ward-Prowse's corner causes panic in the Everton box, before Pierre-Emile Højbjerg fires against the side netting from an angle.

46’

Back under way

Nathan Redmond gets us going for the second-half. Let's keep it going! 💪😇

First-half in photos

Take a look at a selection of images from the first-half here at St Mary's, where Saints lead Everton 1-0 thanks to Charlie Austin's goal.

HALF TIME: Saints 1-0 Everton

Charlie Austin's early strike remains the difference between the two sides at the break at St Mary's.

43’

Barkley heads wide under pressure

Ross Barkley climbs highest to get his head on Yannick Bolasie's right-wing cross but it's off target.

39’

Højbjerg heads wide 

The ball is worked to Cédric on the right who sends in a deep cross which Pierre-Emile Højbjerg does well to meet, but the angle is tight and he can't test Maarten Stekelenburg with his header.

Impressive start from Sims

Josh Sims has been in the thick of the action so far after his early assist for Charlie Austin.

34’

Barry heads over

Leighton Baines' free-kick to the far post is met by Gareth Barry, but he can't steer his header on target to trouble Saints. 

33’

Bolasie shoots wide

Yannick Bolasie picks up a pass from Idrissa Gueye on the edge of the box before firing a speculative effort well wide of Fraser Forster's goal.

25’

Gueye fires over

Seamus Coleman finds himself in an advanced position before cutting the ball back to Idrissa Gueye, but the midfielder can't keep his effort down. Good chance.

24’

Austin with another chance

Virgil van Dijk drives forward and finds Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, who slides the ball into Austin but his low effort is comfortable for Maarten Stekelenburg.

20’

Højbjerg's drive

James Ward-Prowse plays the ball inside to Pierre-Emile Højbjerg after more good work from Josh Sims, and the Danish international midfielder fires just over from distance.

17’

Chance for Sims

Nathan Redmond stands up a cross from the left, Josh Sims meets it with his head but Maarten Stekelenburg is equal to it.

Austin celebrates!

Charlie Austin nets his ninth goal of the season to give Saints an early lead against Everton.

GOALSCORER 10 Charlie Austin

What a start!

Cédric's cross into the box isn't dealt with and Josh Sims tees up Charlie Austin for a header from close range. Get in!

1’

GOOOAL!!!

Charlie Austin (1’) | Southampton 1 0 Everton

We're under way...

Everton's Ross Barkley kicks off proceedings in the first-half. Come on, Saints! 😇

16.30

Saints warm-up for Everton clash

Watch as Southampton players warm-up ahead of today's Premier League clash against Everton. 💪

16.24

Warm ups complete

Saints have been out on on the pitch in preparation for the match. Kick-off around ten minutes away.

16.23

Everton team confirmed

Starting XI: Stekelenburg, Baines, Williams, Jagielka (c), Coleman, Gueye, Barkley, Barry, Bolasie, Lennon, Lukaku.

Subs: Robles (GK), Deulofeu, Mirallas, Cleverley, Valencia, Funes Mori, Holgate

15.55

Sims to make Saints debut!

Starting XI: Forster, Cédric, Fonte, van Dijk, Bertrand, Romeu, Højbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Sims, Austin.

Subs: Taylor (GK), Yoshida, McQueen, Clasie, Reed, Long, Rodriguez.

15.43

EACH POINT IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE IS IMPORTANT. HERE WE HAVE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THREE POINTS, AND DO A GOOD MATCH FOR OUR SUPPORTERS.

CÉDRIC
SOUTHAMPTON DEFENDER
14.30

Ready to go again

Our photographer was on hand to capture the Saints squad as they made their way into St Mary's.

14.08

Saints arrive

Watch as the first team players and staff arrive at St Mary's ahead of today's game.

13.28

Højbjerg features in SAINTS

There's an extensive interview with Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg in the matchday magazine. Order a copy from saintsmagazines.co.uk

12.52

Steven Davis turns attention to Toffees

The Southampton midfielder looks ahead to the hosting of Everton following on from Thursday's trip to Prague.

12.34

Puel on Everton contest

Hear more from Claude Puel ahead of this afternoon's match.

12.31

I HOPE THEY WILL RESPECT ME, WE HAD A GREAT TIME AND AFTER MY CAREER I WILL LOOK BACK ON A GREAT TIME OVER THERE.

RONALD KOEMAN
EVERTON MANAGER ON HIS RETURN
12.28

IT'S A STRONG TEAM, A PHYSICAL TEAM, WITH STRONG AND TECHNICAL PLAYERS.

CLAUDE PUEL
SOUTHAMPTON MANAGER ON EVERTON
12.26

Players train ahead of Everton clash

Watch the Southampton squad prepare at Staplewood Campus for this afternoon's game.

12.09

Saints v EVE Line Ups

Southampton

1
Fraser Forster (GK)
17
Virgil van Dijk
6
José Fonte (C)
21
Ryan Bertrand
2
Cédric Soares
16
James Ward-Prowse
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
14
Oriol Romeu
22
Nathan Redmond
Jordy Clasie (79′)
39
Josh Sims
Sam McQueen (84′)
10
Charlie Austin
Shane Long (89′)
3
Maya Yoshida
4
Jordy Clasie
18
Harrison Reed
28
Stuart Taylor
38
Sam McQueen
7
Shane Long
9
Jay Rodriguez

Everton

22
Maarten Stekelenburg (GK)
23
Seamus Coleman
6
Phil Jagielka (C)
3
Leighton Baines
Enner Valencia (83′)
5
Ashley Williams
17
Idrissa Gueye
8
Ross Barkley
Kevin Mirallas (71′)
18
Gareth Barry
12
Aaron Lennon
Gerard Deulofeu (65′)
14
Yannick Bolasie
10
Romelu Lukaku
1
Joel Robles
7
Gerard Deulofeu
25
Ramiro Funes Mori
19
Enner Valencia
30
Mason Holgate
11
Kevin Mirallas
15
Tom Cleverley

Saints v EVE Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Everton
  • Possession (%)
    53
    47
  • Shots
    17
    13
  • Shots on target
    7
    1
  • Corners
    5
    2
  • Passes Complete
    365
    323

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Charlie Austin
Charlie Austin
Shots On Target
3
Charlie Austin
Charlie Austin
Chances Created
3
Cédric
Cédric
Passes Completed
54
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Tackles
4
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Clearances
7
José Fonte
José Fonte
Saves
1
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster