Everton player ratings vs Southampton: Allan reckless, Andre Gomes poor in 2-0 loss

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Everton recorded yet another away loss, their eight of the season.

Everton came to Southampton with an aim to register their second successive league win for the first time since September 2021. Saint Mary’s Stadium has somewhat been a fortress for Ralph Husenhuttl’s side, losing just once in 11 home games this season.

It proved to be a little too much to ask for from Everton as the Toffees faltered to a 2-0 loss to Southampton. In a complete opposite to what was seen against Leeds, Everton today were bland and underwhelming.

Frank Lampard named an unchanged eleven showing confidence in the set of players that produced one of the most dominating performances against Leeds United. In fact, the 4-4-2 shape was retained as well as this setup proved to be extremely effective last time around.

The Toffees came to Southampton with an aim to complete their first league double over the Saints since 2001-02 season. Everton started on a bright note, playing with confidence, emerging as the better side in the early stages. The Toffees had an early penalty shout which was turned down. Everton somewhat retreated in their shell as Southampton grew in the game.

After the first goal through Stuart Armstrong, it was one way traffic as Everton failed to create anything that threatened Fraser Forster. Shane Long came on and scored his first Premier League goal in 728 days, putting the tie to the bed.

The loss gives a reality check of sorts to Everton that a tremendous amount of work needs to be done if they are to escape the relegation scrap. Such a dreadful performance puts things into perspective after the 3-0 win against Leeds that got the fans dreaming. Awful away performances may cost Everton and if they are to survive, Lampard and his side need to relentless at home.

Jordan Pickford – 8

Jordan Pickford was called into action through a powerful James Ward-Prowse free kick. After a couple of safe collects through corners, Pickford made a save from a weak Mohamed Elyounoussi. The Englishman made yet another close range save to deny Valentino Livramento. He also kept Armando Broja’s shot at bay, showcasing that he is in top form.

In total Pickford produced nine saves as he was the only one who kept Everton in the game for long in the second half. Had Pickford not been in his golden touch, the game would have been done and dusted much earlier.