Southampton 1-0 Everton: Austin’s goal sinks Koeman on his return

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  • Austin grabs only goal of the game
  • Saints move on to 17 points
  • Everton have one win in eight
  • Saints’ first win in five

SOUTHAMPTON — Ronald Koeman‘s return to St Mary’s was not a happy one.

His old club Southampton beat Everton 1-0 in the Premier League on Sunday as Charlie Austin‘s goal after just 41 seconds proved the difference, and in truth the winning margin should have been much greater.

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With the win Saints move on to 17 points, while Everton remain on 19 points.

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After just 41 seconds St Mary’s went wild as a cross from the right was flicked on by youngster Josh Sims and Austin poked home. 1-0 to Saints. Koeman stood on the edge of his technical area with his hands in his pockets and his team in a hole.

Saints continued to press and had a few half chances as they settled into the game quicker and had Everton on the back foot. 19-year-old Sims, making his Premier League debut, then had a good chance but he couldn’t get enough power on his header from close range following Nathan Redmond’s cross.

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As half time approached Saints continued to press with Austin having a tame effort which Maarten Stekelenburg easily saved after a surging run forward from Virgil Van Dijk. Moments later Everton should have been level as a cross found Idrissa Gueye on the edge of the box but he blazed well over.

Saints continued to look more dangerous with Pierre Hojbjerg having several attempts from distance and not quite getting on the end of a header following Cedric Soares’ cross.

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At the start of the second half Hojbjerg wriggled free on the byline but his shot struck the side-netting at the near post with plenty of teammates in the box. Yannick Bolasie then broke free but dragged his shot horrible wide as he entered the box.

Austin was then denied his second of the game as a perfect cross from the right from Cedric found him eight yards out but Stekelenburg produced a great save to tip his header out when it looked destined for the bottom corner. Fraser Forster then produced a great save at the other end with Bolasie sending in an acrobatic overhead kick but the winger was then pulled up for a foul.

In the closing stages the game opened up with Sims racing clear but his final pass was intercepted and then Bolasie curled an effort from distance inches over.

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Saints continued to squander chances as Sims’ cross was hooked clear just as Austin was about to convert and moments later Austin rounded Stekelenburg and drilled the ball into Ward-Prowse who couldn’t get his feet right three yards out as put his effort wide.

The chances kept coming for Saints as Ward-Prowse was found at the back post and he controlled well but Steklenburg saved his effort, yet the looping, spinning ball was going in until Phil Jagielka hooked it off the line.

At the other end Jose Fonte made a superb block from Seamus Coleman‘s effort as Everton chucked the kitchen sink at Saints. Substitute Enner Valencia flashed a header just wide in the 90th minute but that was as close as the Toffees came.

Saints showed that there is well and truly life after Koeman.

What we love about Tottenham

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This week at ProSoccerTalk we will be detailing what we love about each Premier League club competing in the 2019-20 season and next up is Tottenham.

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Each day we will release details on why who adore each team in particular as we remind ourselves just how awesome the PL is as we await its return following the suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Time to take a closer look at Spurs.


Harry Kane: Since emerging in the first-team scene under Mauricio Pochettino during the 2014-15 campaign, Harry Kane has skyrocketed in Tottenham’s list of greats. The Spurs youth product hit the ground running under the Argentine, finishing as the club’s leading goalscorer of the aforementioned season, and becoming an instant fan favorite.

Kane – who is currently recovering from a left hamstring injury – didn’t stop there; he made sure he was far removed from being a one-hit wonder. As a result, the 26-year-old has lead Spurs in scoring for five straight seasons, placing him third in Tottenham’s all-time goalscoring list. Outside of Jermaine Defoe, no other player in Spurs’ modern day history has had such impact on the offensive side of the game. 

Jose Mourinho: Wherever Jose Mourinho goes, the lights and cameras follow. That reality is no different at Tottenham, as the storied Portuguese manager has brought all of his pros and cons with him to Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium.

After runs with Chelsea and Manchester United, one might have thought that his and Spurs’ paths would never cross, but in November 2019, after Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking, Mourinho became the boss at Tottenham. Life thus far at the helm of the north London side hasn’t been ideal for him, crashing out of Champions League play and sitting eighth on the table. But a manager of Mourinho’s stature is definitely not worth crossing off – whether he’d be at Chelsea, Manchester United ⬇️or Spurs.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium: In addition to having a proven goalscorer and manager in their ranks, Tottenham have the privilege of playing home games in England’s newest and most technologically advanced football stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The 62,000-capacity state-of-the-art stadium features a retractable field, a microbrewery, an in-house bakery, heated seats with USB ports, the longest bar in the UK among others unimaginable extras for a sports venue. The stadium opened in April 2019, and replaced the legendary White Hart Lane.

What we love about Watford

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This week at ProSoccerTalk we will be detailing what we love about each Premier League club competing in the 2019-20 season and next up is Watford.

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Each day we will release details on why who adore each team in particular as we remind ourselves just how awesome the PL is as we await its return following the suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Time to take a closer look at the Hornets.


Troy Deeney: Troy Deeney is – and has been – the face of Watford since his move from Walsall in 2010. A move that came about after Deeney, a Birmingham native and Birmingham City supporter growing up, submitted a written transfer request to exit a then-League One side to make his way to the Championship. His first year at Vicarage, however, was rough. The striker managed to score only two goals in 36 league appearances, raising questions about whether or not Deeney was built survive outside England’s third division.

Since that trying first year with the Hornets, Deeney hasn’t looked back, making his way into the “Watford’s best players ever” conversation with a remarkable 129 goals in 388 appearances. Only club legends Luther Blissett – considered by many as the best Hornet ever – and John Barnes have more top-flight gals than Deeney himself. 

Historical, last-gasp win against Leicester City: May 2013, Vicarage Road. Leicester City’s Anthony Knockaert goes down in the box after minimal contact with a Watford defender. A penalty is called in the visitor’s favor. The aggregate stands at 2-2 as the clocks ticks the final seconds of a two-legged Championship play-off semifinal between the Hornets and the Foxes. Knockaert’s shot from the spot – directed right down the middle, with pace – is blocked. His second chance as well. Watford recover and immediately go back the other way.

 

Only seconds remain before the head official sends the match to penalty kicks, but Watford is looking for the final blow. Fernando Forestieri desperately sends a textbook cross inside the box. Jonathan Hogg meets the ball midair and heads it into an incoming Deeney, who seals a goal – and celebration – for the ages.

The Watford-Elton John connection: While Manchester City may have Oasis brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher rooting them on, Watford count on the support of multi-generational musician Elton John. A lifelong Hornet supporter, the English rock legend has done more than just “support” the club from the stands, though. 

In 1976, Elton John became Watford’s chairman and director. He eventually sold the club in 1987 before re-purchasing it a decade later from Jack Petchey. John no longer owns his childhood team, but he remains a part of the club as the honorary life-president.

Premier League Rivalries: North London derby

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One of England’s longest-running and most competitive encounters, the North London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal makes for one of greatest rivalries in Premier League.

The matchup dates back to the early 20th century and has added tons of thrilling chapters to its book of history. Since the start of the Premier League era, both clubs are constantly competing not only to outdo one another but to make a name for themselves at the top echelons of European football.

The North London derby is much more than two rivals facing off for 90 minutes, it’s the dichotomy between the two ways of living in modern-day north London.

Pro Soccer Talk’s Joe Prince-Wright dives into the derbies origin, its development and its actual reality.

The 2 Robbies Podcast: Adapting to life without football

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Robbie Earle & Robbie Mustoe touch base on how their each adapting to day-to-day life without any professional football action worldwide amid the coronavirus pandemic (0:40), how the game moves forward from here (4:50) and what certain players, coaches and teams have done to help out amid trying times (14:00). Plus, discussion on what they’ve been doing to stay active and healthy while living safely in isolation (23:00).

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