Everton v Southampton
Goodison Park - Monday, 2nd January 2017
> Cédric injured and subbed in the 6th minute
> 0-0 until the 73rd minute
> Players clearly exhausted
IBO Reporter : sotonian
With Channers down to the bare bones, I am in for my first match report of the season
Goodson Park whilst a wonderful old ground it is rarely a place that saints get a decent result, however after two very poor home performances, bringing 2 defeats Saints fans were looking at this game to make amends.
Puel made 6 changes, not surprising as the West Brom home game, was just 48 hours before, Fonte, Cedric, Ward-Prowse, Clasie, Redmond & Rodriguuez all came in. After just 5 mins, another change was enforced as Cedric gained a head injury.to be replaced by Stephens.
Saints seemed to start the game the more lively, yet Everton had the first shot of the game it came from Barkley, well saved from Forster, shortly after that Romeo had a free header from a Ward- Prowse corner, which got cleared off the line, Everton broke away which ended up with Lukaku who put a weak shot wide, Jay Rod, did manage to get the ball in the net, but not only was he offside, he used his hand to put the ball in, after that the game deteriorated, we had a long period of neither side being able to put 2 passes together, to sum up how bad the game was, there were nearly 39,000 people there, yet you could hear the players shouts above the crowd! Jay Rod did well to beat 2 players to put himself into a great position but his shot ended up high and wide.
Half time 0-0
Both sides would have been looking to improve on their first half performances, the supporters were just hoping for a more entertaining game, however the second half started very similar to the first, with nothing of note really happening, there seemed no chance of more than 2 passes being put together by either side, god this game was awful, changes needed to be made,
Everton bought on Valencia and Saints bought on Boufal, it was the home side that improved from the change, Everton started to look a lot more lively, on a rare Saints attack, Jay Rod put a great ball through to Redmond, the keeper did well but, Redmond really should have done better, no real shock when Everton took the lead, a cross from Coleman, found Lukaku who's headed attempt was well saved by Forster but the ball fell to Valencia to put the ball away for 1-0,
You could virtually see Saints players heads drop from this point onwards. Saints looked tired and very much second best, Everton boosted by the goal became more dominant.
10 mins later Valencia was pulled down by Yoshida to give Everton a penalty, Baines and Lukaku seemed to argue who was going to take it, but it ended up with Baines taking and scoring the Penalty 2-0
Saints players and fans just needed the game to end, but it was no real shock when Everton got a 3rd goal. Lukaku was given too much space and put in a terrific shot, which gave Forster no chance. At this point I realised Shane Long was on the pitch, I honestly don't know at what point he came on, or if he even touched the ball. Just before the end Boufal put the ball through to Jay Rod but he shot embarrassing wide.
Full time Everton 3 Saints 0
For me this performance was one of Saints worst of the season, maybe 3 games in 6 days took its toll, at the moment it's hard to see where Saints next win is going to come from, maybe a break from the league for the cup games has come at the right time to liven things up
25 Funes Mori
12 Lennon (E Valencia 61')
29 Calvert-Lewin (Mirallas 12')
8 Barkley (Barry 85')
10 R Lukaku
19 E Valencia
2 Cédric (Stephens 6')
4 Clasie (Long 78')
16 Ward-Prowse - Booked 40'
11 Tadić (Boufal 67')
Mon, 02 Jan 2017
- E Valencia 73'
- Baines 81'
- R Lukaku 89'
Referee : Kevin Friend
Attendance : 38,891
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