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EPL: Southampton ends Everton’s unbeaten record

EPL:  Southampton ends Everton’s unbeaten record
Southampton have taken 10 points from their past four games.
SOUTHAMPTON, OCT 25 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 10/25/2020 1:41:30 PM IST

The last remaining unbeaten record of the Premier League season was ended as leaders Everton crashed to defeat against an impressive Southampton at St Mary’s, reports BBC Sports.

James Ward-Prowse beat Jordan Pickford with a ferocious finish before Che Adams doubled the lead with the help of a deflection, Danny Ings involved in both goals.

Everton went into the game having taken 13 points from their first five games but missed injured captain Seamus Coleman.

Stand-in skipper Gylfi Sigurdsson struck the bar from 20 yards when the game was goalless, but the visitors struggled to seriously test keeper Alex McCarthy and finished the game with 10 men.

Full-back Lucas Digne was shown a straight red card after a nasty challenge on Kyle Walker-Peters, the second successive game in which Everton have had a player sent off after Richarlison’s dismissal in last week’s Merseyside derby.

Everton have won many plaudits for the start they have made to the season but Carlo Ancelotti’s side were very much second best against Saints.

Without the influential Coleman, Ben Godfrey started as a makeshift right-back but struggled on his first league start for the club.

He was not alone during a lethargic team performance, Sigurdsson lasting less than an hour wearing the captain’s armband before he was replaced.

Pickford, who came in for intense criticism following his challenge on Virgil van Dijk in last week’s Merseyside derby, was almost embarrassed late in the game by Ings after a back-pass by Yerry Mina.

Substitute Bernard added some much needed energy to the midfield when he replaced Alex Iwobi at the start of the second half.

But Everton failed to force McCarthy into one serious save, Dominic Calvert-Lewin managing just two touches in Southampton’s penalty area as he struggled for service.

 

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