- English Barclays Premier League
- 21 January 2013, 8:00pm
- The Friends Provident St Mary's Stadium
- Attendance: 28,359
90+5 mins: That's full time! Mauricio Pochettino opens his Saints career with a draw, and not a twirling handkerchief in sight. Lambert could have had a hat-trick but Everton weren't without their chances, notably a woeful mis-kick by Jelavic from seven yards. Thanks for joining us and for all your texts during the game - a full report will follow.
90+4 mins: Last-gasp corner to the Toffees which Baines charges over to take, but as the keeper punches the whistle goes for backing in by Naismith.
90+3 mins: Fine run by Mirallas before he cuts inside and has a dig but his 25-yarder is well saved by Boruc.
90+2 mins: Saints break with Lambert and Clyne but the move loses momentum as Lambert has to check his run to stay onside and Everton get bodies back.
90 mins: There's a weighty four minutes added on, probably due to the injury to Coleman. A winner for either side would be mighty tough on the other.
88 mins: Corner for the hosts is headed away by Anichebe. The Blues break with Pienaar but he asks a lot of Anichebe on the gallop and the ball's back with Saints.
86 mins: Sub for Saints - Puncheon being replaced by De Ridder.
84 mins: Important touch by Neville as Rodriguez nearly gets on the end of a one-two in the box! Corner for the Saints - it's flicked on at the near post but hits the unwitting Rodriguez on the head and goes out for a goal kick.
81 mins: Rodriguez's cross is put behind by Baines for a corner which gets the Saints fans on their feet for the first time in a while. It goes deep, Lambert arrives round the back and beats Dinstin to the ball to get a powerful header back towards goal but it's just over the bar!
78 mins: Neville gives the ball away with a loose first touch, allowing Saints to break. Another dodgy pass though and it's out for a throw. The game's in danger of going out with a whimper - we've had a ropey 20 minutes at St Mary's.
75 mins: Time for a breather all round as Schneiderlin is down injured. After a bit of treatment he's fine.
72 mins: Just wide by Mirallas! A subtle touch by Anichebe foils Yoshida and sets up Mirallas but his half-volley is just past the post!
69 mins: Puncheon's just sprinted down the tunnel - does he need the loo?! I swear that happened the other week at another Premier League game. Puncheon's still off the pitch as Saints make a sub, Ramirez being replaced by Steven Davis. And as if by magic, Puncheon appears again from the tunnel and back into the fray. All-round relief.
66 mins: Boruc denies Anichebe! He rolls his marker and hits a shot towards the near post, the Saints keeper beating it away!
64 mins: Second change for the Blues, striker Mirallas coming back from injury to replace Jelavic. Which means my fiver's down the gurgler. Thanks for nothing, Messrs Moyes and Jelavic.
62 mins: Change for the Saints as Guly makes way for Rodriguez.
61 mins: Woeful miss by Jelavic! Anichebe finds bags of space down the left, crosses low to the arriving striker but he somehow mis-kicks seven yards out, the ball bouncing harmlessly off his heel! He couldn't do that again if he tried.
60 mins: Puncheon's brought down ten yards from the box but the ref gives nothing, Saints still have the ball though and have Everton pegged back. The final ball again fails to find a red shirt and Jagielka can bring it away.
58 mins: Baines sends in an inswinging corner towards the far post, it's headed away, Osman blasts the half-volley follow-up towards goal and it clobbers Yoshida on the head for another corner. This one's cleared by Saints at the second time of asking.
57 mins: Coleman has indeed picked up a muscle injury and is subbed for Anichebe.
55 mins: Coleman appears to have picked up a knock and the game's stopped for a few minutes while he has treatment. The home fans fill in the time with the night's first rousing chorus of "one Nigel Adkins".
53 mins: Shaw races down the left, he's well tracked by Coleman who gets the tackle in and concedes the corner. Howard stays on his line, it's headed away, drilled back in by Shaw but cleared once more. Saints keep the pressure on though.
51 mins: Coleman gets forward and chips in a peach of a ball to the far post, Naismith challenges, it falls to Fellaini who strikes, it's saved by Boruc with his left ankle and it bounces away for corner. It comes to nothing. Better from the Blues, though.
48 mins: A rather sluggish start to the second half, in contrast to the blood and thunder of the first.
46 mins: We're under way once more with the Saints playing right to left with no subs to report. Your tips are veering towards the hosts now after their fine (if goalless) first half...
Griff, Battersea: "Thats the worst 45 mins we have played this season, still 0-0 though, we cant play that bad again, saints will regret those chances."
Damian, Coventry: "Everton were so bad first half!! Saints played well, but quite dirty. Hoping Blues get better...I'll say we'll nick it! COYB."
John Crocker, Scarborough: "Everton maybe due a setback against a lower team. A Ricky Lambert hat trick seems a fair prospect tonight as an outsiders wager."
45+1 mins: The Toffees float in a free-kick towards Fellaini, it drops and is cleared... and that's half time! Deadlock but the Saints have had the better of the chances, including an eight-yard volley by Hooiveld and Lambert hitting the woodwork. Time for Pochettino's debut half-time team-talk... "just put it in the net" via his interpreter should do it. Join me at 2105 for the second half.
45 mins: Puncheon drives past Distin and Neville but it's eventually nicked off him for a throw-in. The board goes up with just the one minute added on at St Mary's.
43 mins: Lambert heads wide as another chance goes begging for the Saints! Jagielka goes down just in front of him in the box which leaves the striker with a free header, but he gets too much on it and puts it past the post!
41 mins: Boruc comes to nick the ball off the toe of Naismith in the box. The Saints keeper hasn't had a lot to do other than navel-gaze so far.
40 mins: Everton are living dangerously! Free header for Lambert at the far post but it's blocked on the line by Jelavic, Baines then stoops to head clear, Hooiveld then has a chance on the volley which sits up for him eight yards out but he thumps it straight at Howard!
37 mins: Howard saves again! Ramirez goes past Baines in the box, he has a great angle to shoot but Howard saves at his near post!
34 mins: Lambert goes down in the box after a challenge with Coleman, looked a fair tussle to me though. And, more importantly, the ref.
31 mins: Ramirez drives a free-kick deep, Yoshida challenges and is appealing for a penalty - he's running shoulder-to-shoulder with Distin who gives him a little push but he goes down all too easily.
29 mins: Fellaini controls a high ball down the left flank but the whistle goes for a hand ball by the big man.
Scott, Stoke: "Ive gone for old light blue boy naismith score 1st and Everton win 2-1. Fiver at 60/1."
27 mins: Lambert denied again! The skipper cuts inside leaving Jagielka wanting and smacks it with his left peg but it's parried by the Everton keeper!
25 mins: Everton are hauling themselves into the game now after a bright start by the hosts.
23 mins: Hooiveld's first in the book tonight for a foul on Fellaini, but the free-kick comes to nothing.
21 mins: Fine stop by Howard to deny Guly! Great run from him and Howard has to slide in to thwart him.
20 mins: Lambert hits the woodwork! Fantastic free-kick which has Howard beaten but it bounces off the angle!
19 mins: Baines has a dig which takes a deflection for a corner. The dead ball's then driven in by Baines but it's too powerful for Distin who has no chance of getting anything on target from that.
17 mins: Good defending from Yoshida, getting his body between Baines and the ball to shepherd it to safety.
14 mins: Howard saves from Ramirez! It takes a deflection off the back Jagielka, which wrong-foots the keeper a little. This corner's also wasted though, plopping on to roof of the net.
11 mins: Saints have been making most of the running in the opening stages, which will please their new boss.
8 mins: Saints win a corner down the right after good work from Clyne... but it's wasted. Nobody home.
6 mins: Well, the hanky-twizzling didn't materialise. Move along, nothing to see here...
5 mins: Could have been an own goal! Lambert puts a tricky ball in across the six-yard box, Jagielka isn't sure of his bearings and puts it's half a yard wide of his own upright. The corner comes to nothing.
2 mins: Baines gets forward and crosses high to the far post where Boruc claims without any danger.
0 mins: Saints get us under way playing left to right in the first half, the Toffees in their usual home strip.
1957: New boss Mauricio Pochettino arrives on the scene and gets a warm welcome from the Saints fans. Their beef isn't with him, it's with chairman Nicola Cortese.
1945: Got your hankies ready, Saints fans? Wonder if the rumoured snotrag-swirling after five minutes will actually take place - and think of the germs! Most of you are tipping the Blues for victory - and I've just bunged a fiver on my 2-0 Jelavic prediction...
1910: Evening all, and welcome to Orange's live commentary on the Premier League clash at St Mary's. Team news, and Southampton's new manager Mauricio Pochettino has brought top scorer Rickie Lambert back into the starting line-up. Lambert came off the bench to head his 10th league goal of the season in Wednesday's 2-2 draw at Chelsea. Meanwhile, Everton striker Kevin Mirallas is back on the bench after six weeks out with injury, while Nikica Jelavic leads the line. I'll bring you live commentary from 2000, and am tipping the Blues for a 2-0 win with Jelavic as first scorer - use the box on the right to send in your predictions, and any bets you've got on tonight.
Damian, Coventry: "My beloved Blue boys to win 2 -1, Jelavic and Osman."
Phil, St.Austell: "Tough one for my team tonight but i think they'll prevail...jelavic first scorer..1-3 for the toffees!!"
Griff, Battersea: "Am with Phil on Jelavic to score first, as for the score, 2-0 to the Toffees, COME ON."
Jason, Liverpool fan from Kent: "Still don,t understand southamton sacking there manager think everton will win this 3-0"
Barry McMillan, Glasgow: score draw 2 each
- English Barclays Premier League
- 21 January 2013, 8:00pm
- The Friends Provident St Mary's Stadium
- Attendance: 28,359
Mauricio Pochettino avoided a St Mary's maelstrom on his Premier League debut as Southampton shared a point with Everton after a goalless draw.
Talk of white-hankie protests over Nigel Adkins' sacking on Friday had dominated the build-up but an icy reception never materialised and the new man was instead warmed by a performance that could have brought the full reward.
Rickie Lambert hit the frame of the goal and was later denied by a scrambling Tim Howard but Everton lacked the quality to make the hosts pay in the second half and so a recent revival stretched to six games unbeaten.
There was no mention of Adkins in the match programme but a lusty tribute rung from the stands, before muted applause was afforded his successor as he walked into a flurry of flashbulbs.
Out on the turf, a high-tempo start soon grabbed the home attention and Phil Jagielka's interception from a pacy Jack Cork cross four minutes in might have gone the wrong side of the post had he not connected as firmly.
Jagielka deflected a Jason Puncheon shot wide of the same upright moments later as Southampton pressed high and broke quickly, urged on by a boss who, despite limited English, had clearly conveyed that tonight was no time to sulk.
Everton had fourth-placed Tottenham in their sights but were unrecognisable in the first half; weak headers from Sylvain Distin and Nikica Jelavic - too often isolated - hardly worth the mention.
Up the other end, Lambert, back in the starting line-up, carried menace with boot and forehead; a 30-yard free-kick rebuffed by the corner of the frame of the goal, a downwards header kept out by Howard and then Leighton Baines.
Jos Hooiveld had an immediate chance on the half-volley, before Lambert rose high but headed wide to preserve stalemate, somehow, by the interval.
David Moyes must have vented at the break and his side took heed, Marouane Fellaini twice working Artur Boruc, before Leon Osman lashed at the Pole from range.
On came Victor Anichebe for the injured Seamus Coleman and swiftly unsettled the home defence, sending over a ball over which Jelavic haplessly tripped, before stinging Boruc's palms with a left-footed strike.
Puncheon, underutilised as Everton belatedly found rhythm, nipped off the field to answer nature's call, to widespread amusement.
But though his side finished the stronger, the breakthrough remained elusive, another Lambert header landing off-target before late substitute Kevin Mirallas - back from injury - shot low as time ticked away.