Everton continued their poor run of form as Southampton produced one of the comfortable football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. Stuart Armstrong opened the scoring in the 52nd minute before Shane Long doubled their advantage in the 84th minute. The Saints are now unbeaten in their last nine home games while Everton pushes closer to the relegation zone.

Player ratings

Southampton: Forster (6), Livramento (8), Bednarek (7), Salisu (7), Walker-Peters (9), S Armstrong (8), Ward-Prowse (8), Romeu (7), Elyounoussi (7), Adams (7), Broja (7).
Subs: Long (7), A Armstrong (6), Djenepo (6).

Everton: Pickford (8), Coleman (6), Holgate (6), Keane (6), Kenny (6), Iwobi (6), Allan (5), Van de Beek (5), Gordon (6), Calvert-Lewin (6), Richarlison (6).
Subs: Gomes (6), Townsend (6), Alli (6).

Man of the match: Kyle Walker-Peters.

Managers Reaction 

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl: “This win was much harder than it might seem in the result. The first half was very tough against an opponent full of energy. We played against the wind in the first half, and we couldn’t speed up the game after winning the ball. But the belief is absolutely there, we are convinced in our qualities and we were able to bring that quality in the second half.”

Everton boss Frank Lampard: “I don’t think we have to deny our position. Our league position explains a lot and is one of the reasons I’m here. It’s my job to find the reasons why this has happened. When we have been great we have backed ourselves, but the minute games turn against us there can be a mentality issue for the players.”

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