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Thursday 27 April 2017

Everton v Southampton - the story of the match

Tom Davies (left) played his part in Everton's win
Tom Davies (left) played his part in Everton's win

On-loan striker Enner Valencia may have given Everton manager Ronald Koeman one less thing to think about in the January transfer window after his game-changing substitute appearance in the 3-0 victory over Southampton.

The Ecuador international came off the bench to enliven a dreary occasion, scoring the 73rd-minute opener and winning the late penalty which allowed Leighton Baines to double their lead before Romelu Lukaku gave the scoreline a flattering appearance.

That late show papered over some of the cracks which were evident in the preceding three-quarters of a game which seemed to be meandering towards a dull draw until Valencia's introduction.

TWEET OF THE MATCH: "@1TomDavies outstanding for the toffees today" - Phil Neville (@fizzer18) picks his choice for man of the match.

STAR MAN: Enner Valencia. The on-loan West Ham forward was only on the pitch for a 30 minutes but scored and won the penalty, having introduced some much-needed life into a lacklustre Everton performance.

MOAN OF THE MATCH: The general lack of quality on display, giving more weight to the argument the festive schedule does have an adverse effect.

DATA POINT: With Tom Davies named in the starting line-up it was the first time since 2004 Everton had named three Scousers in their team (Ross Barkley and Leighton Baines were the others).

PLAYER RATINGS

Everton

Joel Robles: 6

Seamus Coleman: 5

Ashley Williams: 6

Ramiro Funes Mori: 6

Leighton Baines: 6

Idrissa Gana Gueye: 6

Tom Davies: 7

Aaron Lennon: 5

Ross Barkley: 6

Dominic Calvert-Lewin: 5

Romelu Lukaku: 6

Substitutes

Kevin Mirallas (on for Calvert-Lewin, 12): 6

Enner Valencia (on for Lennon, 61): 7

Gareth Barry (on for Barkley, 84): 6

Southampton

Fraser Forster: 6

Cedric Soares: 5

Maya Yoshida: 6

Jose Fonte: 6

Sam McQueen: 6

Jordy Clasie: 5

Oriol Romeu: 5

James Ward-Prowse: 6

Dusan Tadic: 6

Nathan Redmond: 7

Jay Rodriguez: 7

Substitutes

Shane Long (on for Clasie, 78): 6

Sofiane Boufal (on for Tadic, 67): 5

Jack Stephens (on for Cedric, 5): 7

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