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Everton 2 Saints 1
Updated 4:03pm Sunday 29th December 2013 in Sport
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- FT Everton 2 Saints 1
Everton 2 Saints 1. Saints still end 2013 in a handy ninth place but will be disappointed with this finish to what has been a memorable calendar year.
Lallana booked for dissent
Great save by Davis from Lukaku, tipping round the post with an outstretched left hand.
Clyne on, Chambers off
Ramirez's free-kick is headed back by Lambert but cleared by Everton's rearguard
Ward-Prowse off, Gallagher on.
Lukaku threatens again after jinking his way past several red shirts, only to shoot over the bar
Everton's reply is impressive and immediate. A swift counter attack resulted in McCarthy providing the assist for Lukaku to restore the home side's lead with his left foot, his ninth goal of the season. 2-1
Sensational strike from Ramirez, who cut on to his left foot, went past McCarthy and fired venomously through the hands of Robles, who will not enjoy watching the replay. Ramirez was booked for removing his shirt during the celebration. 1-1
Rodriguez fires a deflected shot wide after Shaw's shot is blocked
Gaston Ramirez replaces Cork on the ground where he gave Saints the lead last season
Jack Cork booked for foul on Barkley
Everton sub: Steven Pienaar on for Oviedo
Let off for Saints. Oviedo's cross from the left side-footed wide by Barkley, under pressure from Fonte
Oviedo booked following lunge on Chambers
Handbags as Distin and Lallana go head-to-head after clashing on the edge of the Everton penalty area. HT Everton 1 Saints 0
Distin miscues a clearance but Lambert's half volley is comfortable for goalkeeper Robles
Ward-Prowse shins an effort over the bar
Beautiful Lallana flick from Rodriguez's pass takes him between Distin and Osman, but he shoots wide with the goal at his mercy
Crucially, Jose Fonte blocks Lukaku's cross with Oviedo unmarked in the penalty area
A similarly good run down Saints' right from Chambers but Baines is equal to it
Steve Davis does well to shepherd Coleman out of play following another burst down the right from the Irish full back
Good spell this for Saints, reflected by a chant of 'we are Southampton, we'll sing on our own' from the visiting contingent
Lovely Cruyff flick from Lallana puts Lambert through on goal - but the ref's assistant mistakenly waves him off side.
Steve Davis ghosted past James McCarthy but was prevented from getting a shot in after a slick exchange of passes with Rickie Lambert
Seamus Coleman cuts in from the right and goes past James Ward-Prowse before firing unerringly into the far corner, the full back's third goal in four games
Ross Barkley's near-post effort from Seamus Coleman's right-flank cross saved by the recalled Kelvin Davis
The match is under way
The teams are out on the field for the pre-match handshakes.
Saints removing the jackets they wear for all of about a minute.
We are about ready for action.
The players are back in after their warm-up.
We are just over ten minutes away from kick-off.
With half an hour to go until kick-off at Goodison Park we look set fair for good conditions.
There is a chill in the air but no hint of any rain and the sun shining.
The players are out completing their warm up routines.
Phil Jagielka in today's programme...
They (Saints) had a great start to the season and they'll be looking to get back on track. I got to know Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez at the last international and they are three good lads as well as three very good players.Phil Jagielka
#saintsfc are aiming for their first win in 9 visits to Goodison Park, going back to a 2-0 win in Nov 1997 (goals from Le Tiss and K Davies)— @SportsPink 29 December 2013
Saints striker Jay Rodriguez hopes to continue his recent form against Everton and keep himself firmly in England's World Cup plans.
The 24-year-old, along with Saints colleagues Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, was included in Roy Hodgson's squad for the November friendlies against Chile and Germany, winning his first cap against the South Americans at Wembley.
Since his Three Lions appearance, Rodriguez has scored five goals in his last six Premier League outings, including a brace in the 3-0 Boxing Day win over Cardiff.
And the former Burnley forward hopes his club performances can keep him on Hodgson's radar.
"Obviously it is an honour to play your country and a confidence boost when you do get selected," he said.
"It was a nice taste and you obviously want more of it so hopefully I just can just carry on improving and maybe you never know.
"All you can do is keep your head down at your club. You work as hard as you can to try and improve as a player and hopefully then it pays off.
"I have said to myself I want to improve on last year and hopefully I can carry on improving. I want to score as many as I can in each game, so hopefully I can."
Roberto Martinez has been glowing about Saints in his pre-match assessment.
The Everton boss said: "Southampton are a terrific side, I think one of the best sides in this competition.
"We know we are going to have to be at our best but we want to get rid of the feeling we were left with after the previous game.
"It is a great opportunity to be on the pitch again.
"We don't want to find an excuse - the opposite. We always look at ways we can overcome the difficulties and perform in a manner that can get us a positive result."
Goalkeeper Joel Robles, who won the FA Cup under Martinez at Wigan last season and then followed him to Everton, will feature with Howard now suspended.
Three changes for Saints.
Kelvin Davis is back in goal with Paulo Gazzaniga dropping out.
Dejan Lovren returns to the centre of defence alongside Jose Fonte after recovering from the illness that sidelined him for the game at Cardiff with Maya Yoshida the man to drop out.
James Ward-Prowse comes in for the suspended Morgan Schneiderlin. Steven Davis will drop back into the central midfield role alongside Jack Cork with Ward-Prowse is the attacking trio behind Rickie Lambert.
Still no return for Dani Osvaldo.
SAINTS: K Davis, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Cork, S Davis, Ward-Prowse, Rodriguez, Lallana, Lambert.
Subs: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Reed, Ramirez, Gallagher.
EVERTON: Robles, Baines, Alcaraz, Distin, Coleman, McCarthy, Barkley, Oviedo, Osman, Naismith, Lukaku.
Subs: Springthorpe, Hibbert, Heitinga, Jelavic, Mirallas, Pienaar, Stones.
Ref: Mark Clattenburg
Teams will be announced in just over ten minutes but we are expecting changes for Saints as players return to fitness.
Among the changes could be Kelvin Davis resuming between the sticks in place of Paulo Gazzaniga.
Definitely out is Morgan Schneiderlin who is serving a one game ban after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season at Cardiff.
Artur Boruc, Victor Wanyama and Guly do Prado are all out injured.
Good afternoon and welcome to the Daily Echo's online coverage as Saints take on Everton at Goodison Park.
Mauricio Pochettino's team picked up an impressive Boxing Day win at Cardiff while their opponents today lost at home to Sunderland.
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