Southampton have successfully ended the 5 Premier League matches unbeaten run of table-toppers, Everton, on Sunday with a 2-0 victory. The host showed class throughout the match to ensure that all the clubs in the league tested defeat before matchday six ended.
Hence, the 2020-2021 season is the first season in the Premier League since the 1967-1968 season that all the clubs in the league tasted defeat before the end of matchday 6, making it the shortest unbeaten run in the history of the Premier League.
Southampton started their fight to do the unthinkable against the in-form Everton very early in the match. And the club scored the two goals with the less usual goalscorers of the team.
The first goal of the match came in the 27th minute when Danny Ings gave a pass to James Ward-Prowse who in turn ensured that Everton’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford had no chance of touching the ball.
Within 9 minutes, Everton was in trouble again, this time around, Danny Ings led the attack from the wings and sent in a deadly pass which Che Adams took advantage of to score Everton‘s second goal with the aid of deflection in the 35th minute.
Before Southampton’s two goals, Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson almost gave the visitors the lead with a shot outside the eighteen-yard box which was stopped by the goalpost. After that, Southampton’s goalkeeper, Alex McCarthy was not forced to make any critical save.
The match dragged on with Southampton looking more like a team that will add more goals to their lead. As the hosts were struggling to extend their lead, the visitors received a huge setback in the 72nd minute of the match when Everton’s full-back, Lucas Digne received a red card for his tackle on Kyle Walker-Peters.
This is the second term in a row the table-toppers ended a Premier League match with 10-men. Recall that Everton’s Richarlison got red-carded during the Merseyside derby on October 17.
Southampton vs Everton: Carlo Ancelotti is not happy with Lucas Digne
The manager of the Everton football club, Carlo Ancelotti has described the red card awarded to his defender Lucas Digne as a joke. He alleged that the center-referee was influenced by what people have been saying about Jordan Pickford’s tackle on Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk on October 17.
“The red card was a joke,” Ancelotti said. “Maybe the fact that there were a lot of talks all week about Pickford and Richarlison against Liverpool affected the decision.
“We will appeal, to lose a player like Digne for three games like this is not fair.”