Ings scores again as Ever­ton rally for point EVER­TON SOUTHAMP­TON

Evening Times - - FOOTBALL - GIANNI RUSSO

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ANNY Ings kept him­self well and truly in the run­ning to win the Golden Boot with his 19th Premier League goal of the sea­son but Southamp­ton had to set­tle for a 1-1 draw against Ever­ton at Good­i­son Park.

The 27-year-old was com­fort­ably the best player on the pitch, show­ing great move­ment and preda­tory in­stinct and it was pre­cisely that which moved him within three goals of Le­ices­ter’s Jamie Vardy at the top of the goalscor­ing charts.

Ings high­lighted his abil­ity to seize a chance when it comes his way with a real poacher’s goal, play­ing on the shoul­der of the last de­fender and ben­e­fit­ing when a mis-hit shot from Stu­art Arm­strong fell at his feet.

That his goal was not enough to take all three points was partly down to luck – he had a header hit the cross­bar and James Ward-Prowse missed a penalty with the score still at 0-0 – and a well-taken Richarli­son goal out of nowhere which sparked an im­proved sec­ond-half dis­play from Ever­ton.

The re­sult did noth­ing for ei­ther mid-tabled side’s faint Euro­pean hopes, with Tof­fees man­ager Carlo Ancelotti ad­mit­ting they had to win their three home matches to stand a chance.

They were not given much op­por­tu­nity in the first half as Southamp­ton, with more away vic­to­ries than any other team out­side the top three, set about ex­tend­ing that record by press­ing high and hard.

Ancelotti had made a change to the crit­i­cised mid­field of Mon­day’s de­feat at Tot­ten­ham, with academy grad­u­ate An­thony Gordon re­plac­ing Gylfi Sig­urds­son and the young­ster re­sponded by be­ing Ever­ton’s best player in the open­ing 45 min­utes.

The bar was set low, though – the hosts were dread­ful as they were once again dom­i­nated in mid­field and pan­icked in de­fence with a lively Ings run­ning rings around them.

Not only were Saints harder work­ing and more de­ter­mined, they passed the ball bet­ter, with one or two in­tri­cate and in­ci­sive moves leav­ing their op­po­nents chas­ing shad­ows.

Af­ter Alex Iwobi had forced Alex Mc­Carthy into the first save from a rare Ever­ton chance, the game burst into life with Ward-Prowse’s free-kick tipped over and Ings’ near-post flick-on hit­ting the bar.

The bar came to Ever­ton’s res­cue again sec­onds later when Ward-Prowse sent Jor­dan Pick­ford the wrong way from the penalty spot af­ter the mid­fielder was fouled by An­dre Gomes. Ings was not to be de­nied, how­ever, and pounced when the ball some­what for­tu­itously fell to him, hold­ing off Pick­ford to scuff home.

But out of nowhere the hosts equalised when Lu­cas Digne’s long di­ag­o­nal out of de­fence was con­trolled with one touch by Richarli­son and ham­mered past Mc­Carthy with the sec­ond, equalling his best tally of 14 in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Richarli­son, hav­ing run from half­way, felt he was de­nied a goalscor­ing op­por­tu­nity by Jan Bednarek but ref­eree Lee Ma­son de­cided the foul war­ranted only a yel­low card and VAR agreed and with it went the last real chance of the game.

Danny Ings opened the scor­ing for Southamp­ton with his 19th league goal of the cam­paign

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