Red-hot Richarlison lifts Everton over Saints

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Richarlison's strike proved crucial as Southampton's new signing Danny Ings pulled a goal back for Mark Hughes' side after the break.

"They had a man [Jagielka] sent off for less last week".

Everton were shaken as the visitors gained ground on Merseyside, but the Toffees might just have put the game to bed when Walcott broke free of Jack Stephens only to see his adroit finish ruled out for a close offside call.

Tomorrow's opponents Southampton endured a season even more hard that Everton last time round.

Player Ratings Staring XI: Pickford (6); Coleman (7), Keane (7), Holgate (6), Baines (6); Gueye (6), Schneiderlin (7), Walcott (8), Sigurdsson (7), Richarlison (9); Tosun (7).

Everton forward Richarlison scores for the second game running in order to help the Toffees secure a 2-1 victory over Southampton at Goodison Park in the Premier League.

But a five-minute monologue from Pochettino dominated the post-match press conference after he was asked whether Toby Alderweireld, who played 90 minutes, will stay at the club. In every game, some moments are really balanced and you have to try to do something different to achieve what you want - to win.

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SOUTHAMPTON Key Talking Point A glaring problem for Southampton looked to be their lack of a threat up front. However after they went behind, they never really threatened Pickford in the Everton goal.

It is a match that Mark Hughes' men can ill afford to start slowly again, having seen a awful first half in the goalless draw against Burnley followed by a costly opening-period performance at Everton.

Player Ratings Starting XI: McCarthy (6); Cedric (6), Stephens (5), Hoedt (6), Bertrand (7); Ward-Prowse (7), Romeu (6), Lemina (6), Redmond (6); Austin (6), Ings (7).

They were leading through Marko Arnautovic's first-half penalty but Callum Wilson's solo goal and Steve Cook's header condemed the hosts to a second straight defeat.

WORST PLAYER - It was a day Jack Stephens would like to forget in a hurry.

Everton aspire to be back in European competitions next year and that's where away trips become even more hard but the Toffees have completed good business this summer by drafting in the likes of Richarlison and Yerry Mina, the latter of whom Michael Owen told BetVictor he expects to make his debut on Saturday - and they will need the Colombia global to immediately settle into the rigours of the Premier League. They only conceded two goals however it could've been a lot more.

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