Southampton v Everton live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Southampton v Everton – as it happens from St Mary's

By
Joe Ridge

PUBLISHED:

04:00 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

20:05 GMT, 21 January 2013

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Southampton host Everton at St Mary's to wrap up the weekend's fixtures. It's Mauricio Pochettino's first game in charge as Saints boss following the brutal sacking of Nigel Adkins and he faces a tough test with the Champions League chasing Toffees visiting the south coast.

Southampton 0 Everton 0

Southampton: Boruc; Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Cork; Puncheon, Ramirez, Guly; Lambert.

Subs: K Davis, Richardson, Fox, S Davis, Chaplow, De Ridder, Rodriguez.

Everton: Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Naismith, Neville, Osman, Pienaar; Fellaini; Jelavic.

Subs: Mucha, Duffy, Heitinga, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Mirallas, Anichebe.

4 mins: Close! Jagielka is inches away from turning the ball into his own net after Lambert breaks clear down the right and drills the ball across goal looking fro Guly at the back post.

3 mins: Plenty of early possession for Southampton who, as expected, start with Puncheon on the right, Guly on the left and Ramirez in the hole.

8.00pm: Chants of 'one Nigel Adkins' can be heard ringing around St Mary's at kick-off…

7.58pm: The players are out on the pitch and we're ready to go… No particularly loud booing can be heard though there's plenty of those white hankies around.

7.52pm: There are hordes of cameramen awaiting Pochettino's appearance through the tunnel… We're told there's plenty of Argentine journalists present at St Mary's too.

7.44pm: Southampton fans are planning on waving white handkerchiefs tonight in protest to owner Nicola Cortese's decision to appoint Pochettino. (White hankies are often waved to protest in Spanish-speaking countries by the way, the Saints faithful aren't going mad).

Gone but not forgotten: Ex-Southampton manager Nigel Adkins

Gone but not forgotten: Ex-Southampton manager Nigel Adkins

7.36pm: Everton boss David Moyes has just criticised Southampton's decision to sack Adkins in his pre-match interview. 'He's earned the right to be here,' said the Scot. 'I'm disappointed for Nigel and I would have liked to have seen him here tonight.'

7.30pm: So, Pochettino has brought back the big guns in Ramirez and Lambert – who were rested by his predecessor Nigel Adkins for the trip to Chelsea. You get the feeling Argentine knows he needs at least a point tonight otherwise the fans will be on his back straight away.

7.21pm: Everton make just one change from the side that drew 0-0 at home to Swansea with Steven Naismith coming in for Victor Anichebe.

7.20pm: The teams are in and Pochettino has made two changes from the team that started the 2-2 draw at Chelsea, with Rickie Lambert and Gaston Ramirez coming in for Steven Davis and Jay Rodriguez.

7.10pm: Good evening everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of Southampton versus Everton in the Barclays Premier League. Tonight, of course, is the first game of Mauricio Pochettino's reign at Southampton. He's just given an interview to Sky Sports in Spanish through an interpreter … which I have to admit was rather surreal to witness following on from Nigel Adkins.

Going for the double: Everton defeated Southampton 3-1 at Goodison Park earlier in the season

Going for the double: Everton defeated Southampton 3-1 at Goodison Park earlier in the season