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Richarlison fires Everton to Saints win

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Report and highlights as Everton record their first Premier League away win of the season By Ben Grounds at St Mary's

Last Updated: 09/11/19 5:25pm

2:55 Richarlison fires Everton to important win Richarlison fires Everton to important win

Southampton suffered another disappointing result as Richarlison condemned them to a 2-1 defeat to Everton at St Mary's.

In a game that often lacked quality between two Premier League strugglers, Tom Davies headed the visitors in front after just four minutes, and Saints were fortunate not to be further behind during a one-sided first half.

But Ralph Hasenhuttl introduced Sofiane Boufal at the interval, and it was the substitute's cross that was tapped home from close range by Danny Ings to restore parity five minutes into the restart.

Marco Silva came out in defence of Richarlison this week, feeling his player had been the victim of poor decisions from referees in recent games, and the Brazil forward repaid his manager with a fine finish to secure Everton's first three points on the road this season.

The result alleviates some of the pressure on Silva, moving his side up to 13th in the table, while Southampton remain deep in trouble in 19th, three points adrift of safety.

Tom Davies celebrates his goal after four minutes for Everton at St Mary's Salvation for Silva as Everton get angry

Everton arrived at St Mary's without an away league win since late March, and with some questioning whether they had developed a bit of soft touch after recent VAR-related incidents went against them.

Newspaper reports on Saturday even linked Mark Hughes, the former Southampton manager to Silva's job, but they completely dominated their opponents in the opening period, aided by the early breakthrough.

Gylfi Sigurdsson's corner was flicked on by Mason Holgate, and Davies was on hand at the far post to head past Alex McCarthy from close range for his first Premier League goal in 553 days, with his previous strike also coming against Southampton in May 2018.

Danny Ings celebrates his equaliser just five minutes into the restart

Southampton did not muster a single shot during the opening 45 minutes, and Everton really ought to have doubled their lead when Cenk Tosun met Theo Walcott's cross, but from the same position in which Davies scored, the Turkey striker could only head over.

Southampton captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was a surprise absentee for the hosts. Ralph Hasenhuttl made two changes, with Cedric Soares and Moussa Djenepo coming in and Yan Valery joining Hojbjerg in dropping out.

For Everton, Morgan Schneiderlin and Gylfi Sigurdsson came in to replace Andre Gomes and Fabian Delph. Cenk Tosun was the other man recalled by manager Marco Silva, replacing Alex Iwobi after coming off the bench to claim the injury-time leveller against Spurs.

Sigurdsson, on his return to the Everton side following recent cameos off the substitutes' bench, was his side's chief orchestrator as it was his wicked low free-kick that found Davies once more at the far post after 21 minutes, but the 21-year-old midfielder was unable to direct his header on target.

By half-time, Hasenhuttl's side were roundly booed down the tunnel and the Austrian had seen enough. After tweaking his system no fewer than three times in the first 45 minutes, Boufal replaced Cedric - and the change paid instant dividends.

Richarlison restores Everton's lead with a well-taken strike at the far post

The Morroco midfielder was too powerful and nimble for Morgan Schneiderlin on the left flank, and having breezed past the Everton midfielder, Boufal put the ball on a plate for Ings to fire home his fifth goal in nine appearances against Everton.

The home fans, who were all given complementary match scarves for their first home game since the humiliating 9-0 defeat to Leicester, hoped it would be the start of a memorable turnaround that would act as a springboard for their season - but Everton duly regained the initiative.

McCarthy had to be at full stretch to keep out Sigurdsson's floated strike from the edge of the box following good work from Richarlison down the left, before Holgate ought to have scored from close range having met Lucas Digne's long throw.

But Everton were not to be denied as after Silva had made a double change involving Alex Iwobi and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, it was Sidibe's brilliant cross from the right that was swept home on the full by Richarlison, sparking wild scenes in the away end.

Opta statsSouthampton have lost four consecutive home league games at St. Mary's for the very first time.Everton ended a run of four consecutive away losses in the Premier League, with this their first win on the road in nine attempts, previously earning all three points at West Ham in March.Southampton are only the second Premier League side to earn one point or fewer from their opening six home league games in a season - the other was Birmingham in 2005-06, who were relegated.Southampton have conceded 21 goals in their first six home Premier League games this season - the only top-flight side to concede more in their opening six are Blackpool in 1930-31 (22).What's next?

Southampton travel to face Arsenal in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, November 23 at 3pm while Everton host Norwich City on the same day and at the same time at Goodison Park.

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