Southampton ended their run of five straight defeats as they comfortably beat Everton to remain in the Premier League top five.
Romelu Lukaku headed into his own net in the first half, moments after Shane Long had a penalty appeal rejected. Ross Barkley’s 20-yard first-half shot for the visitors was the only effort on target from either side after an hour. But Graziano Pelle doubled the hosts’ lead from close range before Maya Yoshida headed in to seal the win.
Everton were disappointing for the majority and only troubled goalkeeper Fraser Forster in the last few seconds when Lukaku shot straight at him.
Southampton surprised many at the start of the season when, despite having lost five players for a total of £92m and manager Mauricio Pochettino joining Spurs, they were second in the Premier League in November.
Here are what both Managers had to share:
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman on BBC Sport:
“We were outstanding. As a team, the work was unbelievable and you need that to win games. It is not always about quality. The players showed how you have to fight to win games.
“If you show more spirit you are invariably more lucky. After the goal we had more belief and more confidence after losing four or five games. Hopefully we got some confidence back.
“The energy Harrison Reed put in was one of the keys to win the game.”
Everton manager Roberto Martinez on BBC Sport:
“Very disappointing. A game with nothing between the two sides apart from ourselves not being able to defend the six-yard box better.
“It is about how we defended the six-yard box, the other two goals were the same. They didn’t have to do much to score three goals. It was not a case of them being superior to us, it is just we were very soft.
“I do feel we need to find a good run of performances. I don’t think the performance was too far away from what you need to get good results.”