Carlo Ancelotti has never lost four straight home games and today Everton avoided that blur in his coaching career by defeating Southampton by a minimum 1-0 that ended their losing streak of results at Goodison Park after being beaten back to back by Newcastle , Fulham and Manchester City.
Reinforced by their first win at Anfield in 22 years against eternal rival Liverpool, Everton prevailed thanks to an early from Richarlison, their most fit player heading into goal, in the 9th minute. The Brazilian, who already opened the scoring against the ‘reds’, he scored for the third day in a row after taking advantage of a perfect ball into the hole by Gilfy Sigurdsson to overcome the exit of goalkeeper Fraser Forster, a starter to the detriment of Alex McCarthy, and define with an empty goal.
Without James and Yerry Mina
Everton, without the injured James Rodríguez and Yerry Mina, knew how to manage that advantage and, although at times it was dominated, Southampton did not generate any clear chance until the final moments and continues to approach the bottom of the table (it is 7 relegation points) after adding only one draw in the last 9 rounds. His coach, Austrian Ralph Hasenhüttl, is increasingly questioned.
The first phase of the game was comfortably controlled by Everton, who after the goal saw VAR disallow a Michael Keane goal for offside by Mason Holgate after a free-kick (35 ‘).
Ings, no options
Precisely the set pieces were Everton’s main resource to generate danger throughout the match. However, Southampton, weighed down by casualties including Oriol Romeu, Minamo and Theo Walcott, ended the first half playing more judiciously and moving the ball quickly, although with no options for their striker Danny Ings.
After the break, Everton could not close the game and Southampton squeezed in the end, caressing the tie with two occasions in extremis, the first with a cross shot by Moussa Djenepo that came close to the post and, above all, in a rejected ball that fell to Jannik Vestergaard and Jordan Pickford miraculously pulled him out.
First win at Goodison Park since December 19
Everton ended up asking for the time but were able to celebrate their first league win at Goodison Park after five games without going since 2-1 at Arsenal on 19 December. The ‘toffee’ closed the day 26 returning to equate in the table to Liverpool (6th) with a less disputed match.
Everton: Pickford; Holgate, Keane, Godfrey, Digne; Doucouré, Allan, André Gomes (Iwobi, 88 ‘); Sigurdsson; Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison (King, 91 ‘)
Southampton: Forster; Salisu (Tella, 63 ‘), Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Djenepo, Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Redmond (Watts, 89 ‘); Che Adams (Nlundulu, 77 ‘) and Ings
Goal: 1-0 Richarlison (9 ‘)
Referee: Martin Atkinson. Cards: YELLOW: Armstrong (77 ‘), Tella (80’)
Stadium: Behind closed doors at Goodison Park