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Southampton 1-2 Everton: Dwight McNeil and Conor Coady complete sensational comeback

Would Everton have had the resilience to come back last season and win this game? No definitely not. Would Southampton have managed to hold onto the win last season? Well no.

At St Mary’s nothing changes. That’s 92 points down from winning positions since Ralph Hasenhuttl took over, at least 20 more than the second-worst team in the league, and 35 since the start of last season.

As for Everton, something special is brewing. Frank Lampard’s team is now seven games unbeaten. They showed struggle and togetherness to come back from a goal in an emphatic way and punish Southampton.

Dwight McNeil scored the winning goal for Everton with a cool and calm 54th minute finish

Dwight McNeil scored the winning goal for Everton with a cool and calm 54th minute finish

Joe Aribo had opened the scoring for Southampton early in the second half to give them the lead

Joe Aribo had opened the scoring for Southampton early in the second half to give them the lead

Joe Aribo had opened the scoring for Southampton early in the second half to give them the lead

But Frank Lampard's squad hit back as Conor Coady equalized, ahead of McNeil .'s winner

But Frank Lampard's squad hit back as Conor Coady equalized, ahead of McNeil .'s winner

But Frank Lampard’s squad hit back as Conor Coady equalized, ahead of McNeil .’s winner

Everton are now seven games unbeaten as they continue to build under Frank Lampard

Everton are now seven games unbeaten as they continue to build under Frank Lampard

Everton are now seven games unbeaten as they continue to build under Frank Lampard

Match Facts

SOUTHAMPTON (4-4-2): bazunu; Walker-Peters, Bella-Katchap, Caleta-Car, Larios (Perraud 60); S Armstrong (Elyounoussi 89), Ward-Prowse, Maitland-Niles (Edozie 67), Aribo; Mara (A Armstrong 60), Adams

Subs not used: McCarthy, Djenepo, Salisu, Diallo, Walcott

Booked: Maitland-Niles, A Armstrong

Manager: Ralph Hassenhuttl

goals: aribo 49

Everton (4-3-3): Pavlenka; Pickford; Coleman, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko; Onana (Davies 74), Gueye, Iwobi; McNeil (Gordon 74), Maupay (Rondon 89), Gray (Doucoure 90+2)

Subs not used: Begovic, Keane, Vinagre, Garner, John

Booked: Gueye

Manager: Frank Lampard

goals: Coady 52, McNeil 54

Referee: André Marriner

Everton’s season has largely remained under the radar, but after narrowly escaping relegation last season, they are moving in the right direction. Turning bleak, depressing losses into well-deserved draws, they are now slowly starting to ditch fellow middle-class clubs.

Joe Aribo gave Southampton the lead in the 49th minute, but in the 54th minute Everton had scored two quick goals – via summer signings Conor Coady and Dwight McNeil – to turn this game upside down.

Lampard is realistic about his team’s abilities and while Everton may have had better players in the last ten years, the young boss has created a tight-knit unit who clearly gives their all every week.

After taking the lead, Everton was under considerable pressure but came through unscathed. For that, they can thank a series of heroic blocks, a great performance from Jordan Pickford and, well, a good old bit of luck, because Saints’ finishing was bad.

This was the first time since February 2020 that Everton have won an away game in which they trailed 1-0. “This shows the progression,” said Lampard. “It’s not the end of the story and we have to keep going. But I’m happy with the win. We want to be more ruthless. I’m excited to get two bounce wins because that gives me confidence.”

Every block won and every foul won was greeted with cheers as if they had scored a goal. The end was put to bed after both goals and supporters stayed long after the whistle to serenade Lampard, his staff and players.

Those fans had fought their way through another weekend of train chaos to be here and maybe they regretted it for the first 50 minutes. The first half was slow and lacking in goal action.

Lampard's squad narrowly escaped relegation last season but are looking much better this campaign so far

Lampard's squad narrowly escaped relegation last season but are looking much better this campaign so far

Lampard’s squad narrowly escaped relegation last season but are looking much better this campaign so far

The Toffees had Jordan Pickford to thank who was great in goal for the visitors

The Toffees had Jordan Pickford to thank who was great in goal for the visitors

The Toffees had Jordan Pickford to thank who was great in goal for the visitors

The first half was a hard-fought affair, with neither side able to break the other

The first half was a hard-fought affair, with neither side able to break the other

The first half was a hard-fought affair, with neither side able to break the other

Centre-back Coady (left) has impressed for the club since he switched from Wolves . in the summer

Centre-back Coady (left) has impressed for the club since he switched from Wolves . in the summer

Centre-back Coady (left) has impressed for the club since he switched from Wolves . in the summer

Everton saw most of the ball without forcing Southampton keeper Gavin Bazunu to do any significant work. The only time they saw a goal came after a weave from Demarai Gray, who fired straight into Bazunu’s grateful grasp.

It says a lot about Anthony Gordon’s advancing talents that he was sorely missed here after falling ill and limiting himself to performing on the bench.

Everton had more possession, but was sloppy, with Idrissa Gana Gueye often caught in possession. One of those moments led to Saints’ opener, as the midfielder was punished with a powerful attack from Aribo.

McNeil 's brilliant winning goal came after he hit the post from Gavin Bazunu .  had hammered

McNeil 's brilliant winning goal came after he hit the post from Gavin Bazunu .  had hammered

McNeil ‘s brilliant winning goal came after he hit the post from Gavin Bazunu . had hammered

Just over two minutes later, however, Coady found himself out of the penalty area to equalize after Amadou Onana won a header from a free kick. Saints almost regained their lead with the next attack, but Everton made a series of final blocks and then counterattacked, with fit Seamus Coleman driving a cross to Onana.

The midfielder was knocked over, but McNeil jumped the loose ball and fired powerfully past Bazunu.

“Premier League football is brutal – if you don’t score, you give in,” Hasenhuttl said. “This young team has to learn, creating chances is not enough, you have to be decisive.”

Pickford kept Everton ahead by fending off Adam Armstrong from close range and then using impressive punches to fend off James Ward-Prowse’s deadly bombardment.

Everton rise to 11th in the Premier League after their second win at trot

Everton rise to 11th in the Premier League after their second win at trot

Everton rise to 11th in the Premier League after their second win at trot

Everton have developed a new-found resilience after their struggles over the past season

Everton have developed a new-found resilience after their struggles over the past season

Everton have developed a new-found resilience after their struggles over the past season

Southampton's new signing, Duje Caleta-Car, should have equalized deep in added time

Southampton's new signing, Duje Caleta-Car, should have equalized deep in added time

Southampton’s new signing, Duje Caleta-Car, should have equalized deep in added time

Source: Dailymail

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