Otago Daily Times

First de­feat of sea­son for Ever­ton


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LON­DON: Leader Ever­ton suf­fered its first English Premier League de­feat of the sea­son when it was beaten 2­0 at Southamp­ton yes­ter­day.

James WardProwse and Che Adams scored the goals in the first half while Lu­cas Digne was sent off just un­der 20 min­utes from time for Ever­ton.

Ever­ton re­mains top on goal dif­fer­ence from cham­pion Liver­pool while Southamp­ton moved up to fifth, one point be­hind Le­ices­ter, which won 1­0 at Arse­nal.

Only three points sep­a­rate Ever­ton from eighth­placed Wolves, which was held to a 1­1 draw by New­cas­tle in the day’s other match.

At St Mary’s Sta­dium, Danny Ings laid on two as­sists, the first a nice one­two be­fore WardProwse slammed the ball home and the sec­ond for Adams, whose shot de­flected off Glyfi Sig­urds­son.

Ever­ton full­back Digne was sent off for a chal­lenge on Kyle Walker­Peters and Southamp­ton, which nar­rowly avoided rel­e­ga­tion last term, was good value for its win.

‘‘My team did a fan­tas­tic job to­day — from the first mo­ment you could feel that the plan was work­ing and the guys were stick­ing to it,’’ Southamp­ton man­ager Ralph Hasen­huettl said.

Ever­ton man­ager Carlo Ancelotti had no is­sue with the re­sult but said Digne should not have been sent off.

‘‘We didn’t play well. Southamp­ton were bet­ter than us and they de­served to win,’’ he said.

‘‘The red card was a joke, it was not in­ten­tional, for sure it was not vi­o­lent. Maybe it was a yel­low.’’

Jamie Vardy came off the sub­sti­tutes’ bench to clinch vic­tory for Le­ices­ter at The Emi­rates, scor­ing the only goal 10 min­utes from time.

Alexan­dre La­cazette had an early header ruled out for Arse­nal for off­side and the home team dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion.

Le­ices­ter had five men booked but Vardy scored his

11th goal in 12 matches against the Gun­ners to Mikel Arteta’s side 10th.

Wolves thought it had taken all three points at Mo­lineux when Raul Jimenez thumped in the open­ing goal 10 min­utes from time.

But Ja­cob Mur­phy equalised for New­cas­tle in the 89th minute to lift his side to 14th, two points be­hind Wolves in sev­enth. ‘

‘We were pa­tient, we were a threat, we didn’t con­cede many chances and it is a game that we should fin­ish with a vic­tory,’’ Wolves man­ager Nuno Espir­ito Santo said.

‘‘The mis­take is that we need to be more clin­i­cal. We had many chances but we did not test the goal­keeper too many times. We were the bet­ter team.’’ — AAP

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Ralph Hasen­huettl

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