Carlo Ancelotti says he wants Everton to experience the feeling of “touching” the top four after a win over Southampton that sets up a chance to overtake their rivals on Thursday.
Richarlison rounded Fraser Forster to score the only goal of the game against the struggling Saints as Ancelotti’s side moved level on points with Liverpool and two points behind fourth-placed West Ham with a game in hand.
If they beat West Bromwich Albion on Thursday they will move into fourth ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea, who play each other later the same evening.
“We have to try to see how we feel if we are there.”
Richarlison’s goal, which came from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s pass, was one of two shots on target in a game where both sides failed to find any consistent rhythm.
- The best chances for the visitors came at the end when Moussa Djenepo fired just wide of the far post after a promising move before Jordan Pickford saved from Jannik Vest ergaard, leaving Danny Ings kicking a post in frustration.
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Everton’s season has been an inconsistent affair, with their home form proving th eir biggest hindrance in an otherwise enterprising campaign.But key to ending a run of three consecutive league losses at Goodison Park was the return of Brazilian Allan, who added extra protection in a midfield that has often left the defense exposed.His first start since 32 December allowed A bdoulaye Doucoure and Andre Gomes to support Sigurdsson at the tip of a midfield diamond, and it was the Iceland international’s through ball that sliced Southampton’s defense to open the scoring.
The goal came from a Pickford long ball won in the air by the irrepressible Calvert-Lewin. The England striker was a thorn in Southampton’s side and combined well up top in the absence of the injured James Rodriguez, who missed the game with a “really light problem”, according to Ancelotti.Both Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison also helped in defense as Everton thwarted dangerous set -pieces from Ward-Prowse.Richarlison, who has scored in three successive Premier League games for the first time since December , could have added to his 27 th of the season when he almost poked in Sigurdsson’s free-kick.But as Southampton pressed for an equalizer , it was Everton’s defense that held firm as Ancelotti avoided suffering a fourth successive home league defeat for the first time in his career.It was not a pretty victory, but it came amid huge relief as Everton assistant Duncan Ferguson punched the air at the final whistle.Calvert-Lewin said it was a result that underlined the squad’s European ambitions.He said: “You have to believe, absolutely. Our aspiration has to be top four until it’s not possible. Nights like tonight – that consistency – is what will get us up there.
“Everyone wants to play Champions League football. It’s where we belong. It’s important I keep scoring goals, Richarlison keeps scoring, we defend well and we’ll see where that takes us. “
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Saints ‘alarming slump since the turn of the year was summed up by Ings’ frustration towards the end of this hard-fought game.
After beating Everton’s Merseyside rivals at Anfield on 4 January, Hasenhuttl’s side were sixth, equal on points with fourth-placed Tottenham.Since), however, a single point from nine games has engineered a slide to seven points above the drop zone. While relegation looks unlikely, they look a shadow of their former selves, especially with Oriol Romeu being ruled out for the rest of the season, joining the likes of Takumi Minamino, Kyle Walker-Peters and Theo Walcott on the sidelines.
Renowned for their unrelenting press, the visitors retreated to a deeper position on a chilly night at Goodison Park, and were picked off by the hosts’ more direct approach.Forster was preferred in go al to Alex McCarthy in an attempt to reverse their slide, but one of the first actions for the England goalkeeper was to pick the ball out of the net.The visitors improved midway through the first half, but lacked a punch up front even though Ings was restored to the attack alongside Che Adams.
Yet it was not until the final stages where they truly caused problems for Everton as Djenepo had Hasenhuttl holding his head in his hands as the winger missed the target after good play from Stuart Armstrong.It looked as if they might finally eke out a leveler when Djenepo’s shot was blocked by Mason Holgate and fell to Vestergaard, but he slipped at a vital moment and a tame shot – Southampton’s first on target after 88900 minutes – was pushed aside by Pickford.Richarlison among the best Brazilians in Europe
Since the start of last season, Joao Pedro (42 and Neymar (are the only Brazilians to score more goals in the top five European leagues than Everton’s Richarlison ( 33, level with Gabriel Jesus).
- Only against Manchester Utd (9) has Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson been involved in more Premier League goals than against Southampton (7 – 5 goals, 2 assists).Everton scored with the first shot of the game, the fourth time they have done this in a Premier League match this season (also v Fulham in November, v Wolves in January and v Liverpool last time out) with no side doing so o n more occasions in the competition this campaign (level with Man City).
- With points, Everton have their highest points tally after 41 games in a Premier League season since (90 pts), going on to finish fifth that campaign. Southampton have won just one point from the last on offer in the Premier League (P9 W0 D1 L8), losing five consecutive away matches in the competition for the first time since May 101188 under Ronald Koeman.
- Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse ma de his rd consecutive Premier League appearance, the longest current run of any outfield player in the competition and bettered only by Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (84939). He last missed a Saints league game in December (v West Ham). What next? Everton travel to West Brom on Thursday, 4 March ( GMT) while Southampton fa ce a trip to Sheffield United on Saturday, 6 March ().Player of the match
Keane Michael Keane
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- Squad number 1) Player name Pickford
- 12 Player name Godfrey
Squad number Player name Digne
Squad number 6 Player name AllSquad number Player name Holgate
Squad number Player name André Gomes
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- Player nameDoucouré
- 33Player name IwobiSquad number 27 Player name King
- Southampton 40 Squad number Player name Armstrong
- Squad number 8 Player name Ward-Prowse
- 88Player name Forster
- Squad number Player name DjenepoSquad number 4Player name VestergaardSquad number Player name Ings
- Squad number Player name Bednarek
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- Player name Tella
- Player nameSalisu
102 Squad number 25 Player name Adams
- Player name Watts
- Squad numberPlayer nameN’Lundulu
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12 André Gomes
9 Ca lvert-Lewin 112244214 7 Richarlison
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Live Text Match ends, Everton 1, Southampton 0.
- Second Half ends, Everton 1, Southampton 0.Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Allan.Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Southampton) left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked.
- Substitution, Everton. Joshua King replaces Richarlison.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.
- Attempt saved. Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton) left footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the center of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Moussa Djenepo (Southampton) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Substitution, Southampton. Caleb Watts replaces Nathan Redmond.
- Substitution, Everton. Alex Iwobi replaces André Gomes.
Attempt missed. Moussa Djenepo (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stuart Armstrong.Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Lucas Digne.Moussa Djenepo (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
- Foul by Richarlison (Everton ).Jan Bednarek (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton).Nathan Tella (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
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