Charlie Austin scored two goals on his return to the Southampton team today as they run out 4-1 winners over a struggling Everton side.
Everton have now conceded nine goals in just three days after falling to a 5-1 defeat on Thursday to Atalanta in the Europa league. They can’t stop conceding at the moment and to make matters worse, they lost both Michael Keane and Leighton Baines to injury today.
The game started with Southampton on the front foot. James Ward-Prowse and Cedric totally overran Baines on the right wing. This inevitably lead to chances as Charlie Austin had a shot blocked and then moments later hit the post.
The opening goal actually came from the other side though as Jonjoe Kenny found himself well out of position. Ryan Bertrand took full advantage and lead a swift counter attack which was eventually rounded off by Dusan Tadic.
Just before the half, Everton managed to draw level totally out of the blue when Gylfi Sigurdsson scored an absolute screamer from about 25 yards out.
After the break, it didn’t take Southampton long to retake control as Charlie Austin scored two very similar headers in 6 minutes just before the half.
For the rest of the game it was all Southampton as Everton just couldn’t get a foothold in the match. The rout was complete in the 87th minute when Steven Davis curled one in from the edge of the box.
The crisis is far from over for Everton while Southampton look to have finally found the cure for their poor goalscoring form in their own back yard.
Both sides are in action again in midweek as Everton host fellow strugglers West Ham and Southampton visit league leaders Manchester City.