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Sunday 21 September K.O. 16:00



St. Mary's Stadium | 26th April 2014 12:45 | Attendance - 31313

Southampton v Everton

Everton's Champions League aspirations suffered a huge blow at St Mary's against Southampton.

The Blues were architects of their own downfall by bizarrely scoring both goals that earned the Saints a 2-0 win.

The hosts took the lead inside 60 seconds when a cross from the right by Rickie Lambert was inadvertently headed into his own net by Antolin Alcaraz.

Romelu Lukaku had Everton's first attempt on goal in the 4th minute but he was well off target from a driven ball into the box from Steven Naismith.

Martinez barks out the ordersMartinez barks out the orders

Southampton were the more cohesive outfit during the opening 45 minutes and Artur Boruc was largely untroubled. At the other end Jack Cork's effort was straight at Tim Howard and Steven Davis should have done far better than slice the ball wide when Lambert offered him a gilt-edged opening in the 20th minute.

The second Southampton goal just after the half hour was also provided by Everton. This time the unlucky player was Seamus Coleman who headed a Nathaniel Clyne cross past a helpless Howard.

"We are Southampton, we don't have to score" sang the joyful home supporters.

Gerard Deulofeu was getting no change whatsoever from Clyne on the Everton left so Roberto Martinez instructed him to try his luck down the right from where he whipped a delightful ball into the box but Lukaku couldn't guide his header on target.

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Everton were out of sorts and Leon Osman was introduced for the second-half at the expense of Ross Barkley but Southampton simply picked up where they left off, Rickie Lambert shaving the post with a direct free-kick from 25-yards

Everton's afternoon was summed up in the 60th minute when Osman tumbled under a late challenge from Dejan Lovren only to be yellow-carded for diving. The Blues should have had a penalty.

Deulofeu in actionDeulofeu in action

Aiden McGeady replaced Deulofeu and instantly made a difference. He bamboozled Clyne on the left and crossed into the box only for Lukaku to head straight at Boruc.

With ten minutes remaining Everton had another strong penalty appeal waved away by Michael Oliver when Lovren dragged James McCarthy to the floor following a scramble for the ball.

Luke Garbutt came on for the final few minutes for his Premier League debut but it was an afternoon when very little went right for Everton and The Toffees now need an Arsenal collapse to finish in the coveted fourth spot in the Premier League.



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