Everton of England utility player, Alex Iwobi was accorded a minor role with The Toffees on Monday and his cameo appearance meant he hardly contributed any impact to their gritty victory over Souhmpton.
Iwobi made a very late entry at Goodison Park, as Richarlison’s early strike was enough to guide Everton to only their sixth home win of the season as Southampton’s alarming slump continued with a 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park.
Megasportsarena.com reports that Everton took the lead inside the opening 10 minutes as Richarlison continued his rich recent vein of form in front of goal with his third goal in three games.
Southampton left it late to muster any kind of response but could have snatched a point had Moussa Djenepo not blazed wide, or had Jannik Vestergaard managed to bundle the Saints’ first attempt on target past Jordan Pickford in the final minute.
Iwobi endd up not being graded for the game, as Everton soared on the high of last Sunday’s long-awaited victory at Anfield and having not lost at home to Southampton in the Premier League since 1997, and they needed just nine minutes to take the lead.
Gylfi Sigurdsson exploited space vacated by Mohammed Salisu after he came off second best in an aerial duel with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, sliding a pass forward for Richarlison who rounded the on-rushing Fraser Forster before finding the net for the third straight game.
Salisu flashed a near-post header wide before Djenepo blazed their best opening of the game wide with the goal at his mercy with five minutes remaining.
It took Southampton until the final minute to register their first attempt on target but when they did, Pickford smothered centre-back Vestergaard’s effort to seal Everton’s return to winning ways at Goodison.