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Everton v Saints
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- Saints lose 3-1 at Everton
- Gaston Ramirez headed Saints into an early lead
- Leon Osman and Nikica Jelavic (2) turned the match round
FULL-TIME: Everton 3 Saints 1
CHANCE: Howard palms away Lambert's goalbound header in the 84th minute, as Saints attempt to launch a late fightback.
CHANCE: Ramirez goes so close to reducing the deficit, dinking the ball over Howard, only for it to drift the wrong side of the far post in the 69th minute.
CHANCE: Gazzaniga does well to tip Mirallas' shot from the edge of the area wide, after the midfielder was given time and space to control and shoot in the 67th minute.
CHANCE: Fellaini hits a deflected shot from 25 yards that fizzes inches wide of the post in the 57th minute.
Half-time: Everton 3 Saints 1
GOAL: Everton 3 Saints 1 (Jelavic 38): Saints have been coming under significant pressure from the home side. Seconds after Gazzaniga had made a stunning save from a Jelavic header, he is beaten at the back post by the striker, who nods in Seamus Coleman's cross for his second of the match.
GOAL: Everton 2 Saints 1 (Jelavic 32): Everton carve Saints apart with a lovely move to take the lead. Mirallas and Fellaini exchange passes in midfield, with the former then playing in Jelavic. He finishes with a left foot shot across goal into the bottom corner.
GOAL: Everton 1 Saints 1 (Osman 25): Nikica Jelavic can't convert Kevin Mirallas' cross from the right, but the ball falls kindly for Leon Osman, who strokes it into the top corner from close range.
CHANCE: Saints should be 2-0 up. James Ward-Prowse knocks a ball down the right flank in the 11th minute, which Jay Rodriguez latches on to. The striker nods the ball forward and bears down on goal, only to pull his shot tamely wide with just Howard to beat.
GOAL: Everton 0 Saints 1 (Ramirez 6): Adam Lallana's corner eludes Tim Howard and the rest of the Everton defence, leaving an unmarked Gaston Ramirez to head in from about a yard out. That's the £12m Uruguayan's first goal for the club.
The teams are out on the pitch at Goodison Park. Kick-off is just moments away. We will have updates of the key incidents for you throughout the match.
Three changes for Saints today from the team that beat Aston Villa 4-1 last weekend. Danny Fox, Morgan Schneiderlin and Jason Puncheon all drop out of the side. In come Frazer Richardson, James Ward-Prowse and Jay Rodriguez. Nathaniel Clyne is expected to start at left-back, while Paulo Gazzaniga will continue in goal.
Just one change for Everton. Victor Anichebe drops out of the team to be replaced by Nikica Jelavic.
SAINTS: Gazzaniga, Richardson, Fonte, Yoshida, Clyne, Davis, Lallana, Ward-Prowse, Rodriguez, Ramirez, Lambert.
Subs: Davis, Hooiveld, Reeves, Chaplow, Do Prado, Puncheon, Mayuka.
EVERTON: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Mirallas, Osman, Coleman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic.
Subs: Mucha, Oviedo, Distin, Gueye, Vellios, Anichebe, Duffy.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)
(Rickie Lambert) was in my attention when he was at Bristol Rovers. Round that time we were looking around the leagues to see and we took Jermaine Beckford when Rickie was just about to go to Southampton. We were well aware of him and his goalscoring and he had done great. It is great credit to the boys who come through the leagues - it shows a great deal of hunger and perseverance to get through to the top and he's done that. There are a few - Grant Holt comes to mind - who have shown that route can be done. You can get released and it does not mean it is the end. What you have to do is go away and work at your game and what Rickie has done over the years is keep scoring goals wherever he has been. He deserves credit from working his way up from the bottom to the top.David Moyes
Goodison Park has a great atmosphere. They are passionate football supporters there so I am looking forward to it because there will be a great atmosphere. It is a tough game and one we are looking forward to. Goodison Park is a real challenging place to go. I am from Merseyside, I've been there on numerous occasions and you know that the supporters there are very passionate. They demand the players do well and Everton are probably having the best start they've had for many, many years. I think David Moyes has done a great job there if you look at it. You talk about stability, he has been there for over 10 years now. There is a stable, good working relationship between the chairman and the manager. There is stability and continuity with the players. They know how they want to play and I must say that they are very, very effective with how they play. I think they are going to be right up there come the end of the season. They play good football and very effective football. Over a period of time they've been able to learn, to evolve and keep improving and that has been demonstrated by the start they've had this season.Nigel Adkins
EARLY TEAM NEWS: Striker Nikica Jelavic is expected to be restored to Everton's starting line-up, after recovering from a leg injury. Fellow forward Victor Anichebe has a chest infection, while Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith are also doubts. Tony Hibbert and Darron Gibson are still out.
EARLY TEAM NEWS: Saints will be without Jack Cork, who is expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks after sustaining a knee injury in Tuesday's win over Sheffield Wednesday. The midfielder is set to be joined on the sidelines by Tadanari Lee, who has an elbow problem. Luke Shaw (illness) and Emmanuel Mayuka (ankle) are both doubts.
Good afternoon and welcome to the Daily Echo's blog covering this afternoon's Premier League contest between Everton and Saints at Goodison Park. Nigel Adkins' side are looking for a second consecutive victory in the competition, having got their first points of the season in last Saturday's 4-1 win against Aston Villa, at St Mary's. Saints were also handed a further confidence boost with a 2-0 success against Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday. We will have the teams for you later, as well as updates throughout the match.