- Lukaku opened the scoring after 21 minutes
- Belgian doubled the lead on stroke of half time
- Barkley curled home late to seal win
- Pelle had Saints’ best chance with a volley in second half
- Everton only had 1 clean sheet in 17 PL away games before this
Everton cruised to a 3-0 win away at Southampton on Saturday, as the Toffees scored twice in the first half through Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley wrapped up the win late on.
Roberto Martinez men looked the more dangerous throughout at St Mary’s and Southampton struggled defensively while creating few chances. With the win, Everton now has four points from their opening two games and Saints have just one point after this humbling defeat.
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Everton started the brighter of the two teams and deservedly went ahead in the 21st minute after an electric counter attack. Southampton had a corner cleared and Ross Barkley raced down the pitch, feeding the ball into Arouna Kone who clipped in a perfect cross for Lukaku to head home. Boom. 1-0 to the Toffees and just 17 seconds had passed from Saints having a corner at one end of the pitch and the ball hitting the back of their own net at the other.
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The home side tried to gather themselves before the break but lost the ball in possession easily and could easily have been 2-0 down on 29 minutes. Lukaku again ran at the heart of Saints’ shaky defense and he played in Barkley who had his tame shot saved by Maarten Stekelenburg, then Tom Cleverley fired a follow-up miserably wide.
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That was a warning sign Saints didn’t take notice off and although Victor Wanyama headed over in the 35th minute, it was 2-0 to Everton right on the stroke of half time. That man Lukaku was again a menace, as he won the ball in midfield, drove forward and played a great one-two with Barkley before sweeping the ball home for his and Everton’s second. The Toffees were cruising.
In the second half Saints came out all guns blazing an in the 52nd minute Graziano Pelle sent a volley goalwards that Tim Howard saved well. New signing Oriol Romeu looked composed in possession but picked up a yellow card just three minutes into his debut.
Pelle had a few other chances in and around the box, as the Italian international headed over from a Steven Davis corner at the back post, but it was Everton who had the last word. Barkley found space on the left hand side of the box and curled a sumptuous effort into the far corner for his second PL goal in as many games this season.