Southamp­ton ruin Koe­man’s re­turn

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A dream de­but for Southamp­ton’s lat­est teenage tal­ent Josh Sims en­sured a night­mare re­turn to St Mary’s for for­mer man­ager Ron­ald Koe­man whose lack­lus­tre Ever­ton side were beaten 1-0 in the Premier League yes­ter­day. The 19-yearold winger is the lat­est young­ster off the club’s acad­emy pro­duc­tion line and took just 43 sec­onds to jus­tify his start­ing place, scoop­ing the ball on to Char­lie Austin who headed Southamp­ton into the lead from close range. It was a spec­tac­u­lar start for a side who failed to muster a sin­gle shot on tar­get against Liver­pool the pre­vi­ous week and Sims al­most dou­bled the score with a header when un­marked close to the goal be­fore the break.

Koe­man has had to give Ever­ton sev­eral half­time gee-ups this sea­son but the vis­i­tors were lit­tle bet­ter in the sec­ond half when Austin was de­nied a sec­ond goal by a sprawl­ing save from Maarten Steke­len­burg and James Ward-Prowse put one ef­fort wide and had an­other cleared off the line. —Reuters

SOUTHAMP­TON: Southamp­ton’s English striker Char­lie Austin (C) vies with Ever­ton’s English de­fender Phil Jagielka (up) and Ever­ton’s Sene­galese mid­fielder Idrissa Gu­eye (R) dur­ing the English Premier League foot­ball match be­tween Southamp­ton and Ever­ton at St Mary’s Sta­dium in Southamp­ton, south­ern Eng­land yesteray. — AFP

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