Saints smash defenseless Everton

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  • Charlie Austin‘s brace led Southampton’s riot, as Saints broke free in a 4-1 win over moribund Everton at St. Mary’s on Sunday.

    Dusan Tadic had a goal and an assist for Saints, and Steven Davis also scored.

    It was Austin’s first brace since Oct. 16, 2016, in a 3-1 Saints win over Burnley.

    Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a wonderful goal for Everton, but the Toffees’ continued goal hemorrhage leaves it a beautiful footnote.

    Southampton is now 10th with 16 points, while Everton is 16th (two points above the drop zone).

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    Jordan Pickford collected an early Steven Davis free kick as the hosts opened with more promise.

    A corner came soon after, and Charlie Austin slipped in a wide-open bid to score from the back post.

    Everton countered in the 10th, and Kevin Mirallas mishit a shot wide of the frame.

    Austin then hit a leaping side volley off the outside of the netting, as entertainment was no issue at St. Mary’s.

    Saints found their finish in the 18th minute, as Tadic completed a fine team play. Working as the final piece of a break, Tadic held off a 50/50 challenge and a charging Pickford to collect and scoot Ryan Bertrand‘s cross across the line.

    Sigurdsson leveled the score for Everton as the first half drew to a close, swirling an intoxicating shot over Fraser Forster and off the cross bar, far post, and cross bar again before nestling inside the near post.

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    Great goals weren’t limited to the opening half, as Sofiane Boufal‘s cute cross was turned under the bar by Austin early in the second.

    A similar goal came minutes later, this time assisted by Tadic, as Austin cruised between Ashley Williams and Michael Keane to make it a two-goal advantage.

    Davis made it 4-1 in the 87th minute, a terrific spinning finish from atop the 18. Blowout.