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Southampton 1-0 Everton: Three things we learnt

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Southampton 1-0 Everton: Three things we learnt

It took just over 40 seconds for Charlie Austin to score the winning goal in this clash which saw Ronald Koeman return to his former club on Sunday evening between two of the sides likely to be battling it out for qualification for European football next season.

Everton had a nightmare start, with young Josh Sims setting up Austin on his debut for the former QPR man to poke home from yards out and give his team an early lead, which they defended well to protect until the final whistle.

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Everton had spells of applying pressure, but Virgil Van Dijk led a composed Saints defence to ensure that they saw the game out to win the desired three points, with the Toffees struggling to ever threaten with Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku among those to be singled out for criticism.

Ronald Koeman had a hostile reception on the touchline, and it is sure to be an afternoon for him to forget after an abysmal display on the field from his team.

Read on over the next few pages to see what we learnt from the game…

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