Fulltime Thoughts - Thoroughly outplayed by a fluid and tidy Southampton side, which is what we would like to be.
That should be that as far as the challenging for European spots goes. Just want to see this season out now.
90+2’ - Final whistle. Don’t know whether to be relieved or disappointed with that draw.
90+1’ - Mason will only give us two plus minutes of time added on, enough for Digne to get booked for having some words with him.
88’ - Visitors again controlling play here, and looking the more eager of the two sides.
84’ - Poor turnover from Bernard allows Ings to run at the defence, comes to Redmond who shoots wide of the far post.
Long sets up Armstrong for a shot and it goes over. Lucky Blues there.
80’ - Last ten minutes, still 1-1 at Goodison Park.
Everton showing good discipline as Southampton are looking for chinks.
78’ - Quietened down a bit as tired legs and new subs are playing a part.
JWP goes sliding in on Digne, and still no caution for his reckless play, a handful of poor tackles from him today not to mention the dive to win a penalty.
74’ - Another sub now, with Bernard coming on for youngster Gordon.
70’ - Kean right into it, running with the ball at four defenders and almost goes through the block too.
Blues break from defence and lovely hold-up play from Richy allows Sidibe to join the play and the Blues are in control, though nothing comes of it.
68’ - Chance! Everton sweep forward well, and move it to the left where Gordon’s can play Digne through, but it’s not strong enough and blocked by the defender. The corner comes to nothing.
Substitutions now during the drinks break, as Kean comes on for DCL, and Shane Long and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg are coming on for the visitors for Adams and Oriol Romeu.
64’ - Good observation from the commentators here - both Everton strikers and both Southampton centrehalves are now on yellows.
Ooof. Keane back pass to Pickford who has Ings bearing down on him, missteps and it allows the goalie to clear away.
61’ - Richarlison capitalizes on a JWP giveaway in the center circle, runs in through on goal with Bednarek taking him down just outside the box. Mason blows for a foul, gives him a yellow. The Brazilian wasn’t exactly racing away from him.
Digne takes it, right at the wall. Falls to Sigurdsson, blocked again. Comes to Sidibe outside the box, McCarthy saves well.
59’ - Ball is played in behind the backline for an onrushing Ings, but Keane does very well to turn quickly and put it out for a corner, which is cleared well.
56’ - Davies finds DCL very well with a diagonal behind the high line, but DCL whiffs on his first-time shot. Ancelotti’s tactical change is making a big difference.
53’ - Everton finally with a bit if sustained possession in the Saints box, eventually falls to Siggy who shoots well wide. Better from the Blues there.
In possession the Toffees are in a somewhat 3-5-2, with Gordon joining Davies & Sig in the middle which is allowing more possession.
48’ - Second half starts exactly like the first ended, with Adams taking a potshot at Pickford.
Now a foul just outside the box allows JWP another chance to take a freekick, both big men in the wall and it does its job, shot deflected for a corner. Low corner is not cleared, and ricochets around the box about a DOZEN times and finally cleared, before it’s back in the box and somehow out for another corner, which is finally claimed by Pickford.
46’ - Ancelotti has made a second change, with Iwobi off and Djibril Sidibe on.
Halftime Thoughts - Everton have been quite miserable both on and off the ball, and once again all fingers are getting pointed at the non-existent midfield. Gomes being taken off was an act of mercy, if not for the labouring player then definitely for the fans before that relationship gets soured permanently.
With no ball winners or ball distributors, what do you do?
45+4’ - It was supposed to be four minutes added on, but injuries to Adams and Bednarek will likely make that a couple more.
45+1’ - Double yellow for the Blues. Richarlison slides into Che Adams, eliminating him and is booked. Then there’s handbags at midfield with DCL right in the middle of things, and he is booked too.
43’ - ROUTE ONE FOOTBALL AND EVERTON ARE EVEN!
What a ball that was from Digne, threaded the needle with a long ball that puts Richarlison in on goal on the right, and his shot is dinked over the advancing goalie and just under the bar! What a pass, what a goal, 1-1.
40’ - Ward-Prowse takes out Richarlison on the left sideline. Digne’s cross is met by Mina, but he’s offside.
Gomes is down. Tired? Injured? Do we care? Gylfi Sigurdsson is coming on for him. Oh boy.
36’ - This is embarrassing. Have I said that already? Saints are dominating the ball now, passing it around side to side while Everton have no clue how to get it back, or what to do with it when they do get it.
Everton have a legitimate shout for a penalty here as Gordon is fouled in the box, but the ref calls it a coming-together, and waves play on. If Ward-Prowse’s was a penalty then this was doubly so!
30’ - Oh well, there’s the goal that has been coming. Ings is played onside by Coleman and he controls well, and tucks it in. Too easy. The entire Everton left side fell asleep there and were unable to clear the ball, and Saints’ superior passing and control reigned.
26’ - Ings wins a freekick off Mina outside the box. James Ward-Prowse hits it very well and Pickford cautiously puts it over for a corner.
Wicked corner at headheight is kept out by a combination of Pickford and the woodwork.
Now Gomes has given away a penalty! Weak call from Mason there, and the VAR agrees with him! Ward-Proswe steps up confidently and smashes it against the bar and over! Pickford had gone the wrong way too, wow. Saints deserved to be ahead, the Blues will say justice has been served because that was no penalty.
22’ - Everton’s first touch in the box comes off a Digne cross, falls to Iwobi who has a big volley on goal but Alex McCarthy parries away for a corner, good chance, good save.
Corner is deep to Mina who heads straight at the goalie. Lee Mason blows for the cooling break here.
17’ - Everton struggling to get the ball out of their own half as Southampton are stroking it around very well, couple of shots charged down by a scrambling Everton defence. Right now Saints looking more like a side that can play in the Europa League than the Blues. Embarrassing this.
14’ - Armstrong the first player in the book, takes down Richarlison after Gordon nips the ball away from him. Dangerous area on the left, Digne takes a pop at it but it’s well wide.
13’ - Saints are passing the ball really well, Everton fans have every right to be envious as we watch our Blues labour to get the ball upfield. A deep ball behind Digne just eludes the Southampton player, with Pickford and the fullback miscommunicating.
8’ - Everton have come close to breaching the Saints’ high line at least three times now. Expect that to be a theme on the left, especially with Gordon there.
Stuart Armstrong has it in the Everton net, but offside! Bertrand down the left with a deep cross, Ings knocks it back across the face of the goal and Armstrong bangs it in. Too easy that.
5’ - Southampton with a long diagonal to Redmond on the Everton right, and wins a foul off Alex Iwobi. Bertrand into the box, Digne clears for a corner, which is headed away well by Mina.
1’ - And we’re off, Andre Gomes gets us started.
Everton pressing high and get a turnover, and Richarlison wins a freekick down the left channel. Gordon spins it in and a defender gets a deflection on it for a corner.
Lucas Digne inswinger doesn’t beat the first man and it’s back all the way to Jordan Pickford.
Lineups are in, two changes for the Blues, not unexpected - Anthony Gordon back in on the left, and Yerry Mina replaces the injured Mason Holgate.
Everton will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat in North London on Monday playing Southampton at home today. The Toffees’ Europa League chances took a severe knock losing to Tottenham Hotspur, and all the Blues can do is rack up as many points as they can now and keep their fingers crossed that a couple of teams ahead of them slip up.
Carlo Ancelotti faces some selection headaches with injuries and inconsistency continuing to plague his side. Theo Walcott returns to the squad but now Mason Holgate is out injured, and Alex Iwobi will likely face a late fitness test to make it into the twenty named this afternoon.
The midfield continues to be a black hole and at some point the veteran manager is going to have to make a decision if he wants to keep putting out the same tired legs or opt for inexperienced but fresher legs instead.
Southampton have done well themselves to claw their way out of the Premier League basement, with Ralph Hassenhuttl somehow surviving the 9-0 home whipping by Leicester City in October. Since then his side have battened down the hatches and are playing decent football to the extent that a win at Goodison today will see them vault over the Blues.
Competition: Premier League Matchday 33
Date and start time: Thursday, July 9th at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m ET / 6:00 p.m. BST
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Starting XI: Pickford, Coleman, Mina, Keane, Digne, Iwobi, Andre Gomes, Davies, Gordon, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison
Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Sibide, Branthwaite, Baningime Sigurdsson, Walcott, Bernard, Kean
Starting XI: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Bertrand, Bednarek, Stephens, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Redmond, Adams, Ings
Subs: Gunn, Jankewitz, Ferry, Danso, Vokins, Smallbone, Obafemi, Hojberg, Long
Ref: Lee Mason VAR: Andy Madley
The Blues traveled to the coast and came away with their first away win of the season under Marco Silva, Tom Davies putting the Blues up early from a corner before Danny Ings pulled the home side level in the second half. However, with 15 minutes to go Richarlison buried the winner for the Blues to return with all three points.
The last time Southampton visited Merseyside was in the Third Round of the League Cup early in the 2018-19 season, the game ending 1-1 and the visitors winning the resulting penalty shootout. In the league a couple of months before that, Everton had won 2-1 with Walcott and Richarlison bagging the goals.