Everton came from behind to win all three points at St Mary’s in a dramatic ten minutes.
After a dull first half, Joe Aribo opened the scoring just a few minutes into the second half, but Everton then shifted gears as two new signings combined for an equaliser — Andre Onana headed the ball across to Conor Coady, who finished smartly.
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Frank Lampard’s side found another goal and turned the game on its head seconds later — Alex Iwobi put a speculative ball into the back post, but Dwight McNeil finished well to send the blue section of the stadium into a frenzy.
As a result, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side has only seven points from eight games, while Everton has gained some breathing room after back-to-back Premier League victories.
Everton defender Coady reflected on his thoughts after scoring the equaliser.
“My eyes lit up a little bit at the back post when I saw it pop down,” he explained. It was critical that we got it and recovered quickly after falling behind.
“We spend a lot of time working on second-phase set-pieces, making sure we get them right, so it’s nice when something like that comes off for us.”
Hasenhüttl is under pressure following a slow start to the season, and he admitted that his young team lacks a cutting edge.
“We are convinced by what we have done today, Premier League football is brutal,” he said. You concede when you don’t score.
“This is the lesson that this young team must learn. It is not enough to invest heavily and create; you must also score.”
Despite this, the 55-year-old found enjoyment in the game.
“The positive thing for me is that we never stopped trying and creating chances,” he said.
“I believe we have a young team. Throughout the 90 minutes, the audience was fantastic. This is exactly what they require. They will make an excellent team with time.”
Did you know that?
Everton won a Premier League away game in which they conceded first for the first time since February 2020 (3-2 at Watford), having previously gone winless in 24 such games (D4 L20).
Under manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, Southampton has dropped 92 points from winning positions in the Premier League, 20 more than any other team since his arrival.
Everton have gone six Premier League games unbeaten (W2 D4), their longest unbeaten streak in a single season since a run of seven in November/December 2017.
There were only four minutes and 39 seconds between Joe Aribo’s goal for Southampton and Conor Coady and Dwight McNeil’s goals for Everton.
Dwight McNeil of Everton scored his first Premier League goal since March 2021 (for Burnley against the Toffees) — he had failed to score in his previous 66 Premier League attempts.
Conor Coady, an Everton defender, has scored five of his six Premier League goals away from home, with Southampton the only team against whom he has scored more than once.