Super-sub Valencia inspires Everton win

Second-half substitute Enner Valencia played a part in all three goals as Everton defeated Southampton in Monday's Premier League clash at Goodison Park.

  • Everton 3 Southampton 0
  • Lukaku goes close
  • Valencia makes it 1-0
  • Baines slots home from the spot
  • Lukaku smashes home the third

Match Summary

After a quiet first half, the game came to life in the last 20 minutes when Valencia slotted home a rebound after good work from Seamus Coleman.

The Toffees doubled their lead soon after when Leighton Baines finished from the spot when Valencia was brought down in the box by Maya Yoshida.

And it was 3-0 in the 89th minute when Valencia put Romelu Lukaku through on goal and he blasted home clinically past Fraser Forster.

Full Report

In a tight game of few chances in the first half, both Everton and Southampton suffered injury blows early as Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cedric Soares went off inside 15 minutes. The Saints had the first real chance when Nathan Redmond headed Jordy Clasie's cross just wide.

A few moments later Lukaku turned his man but couldn't beat Forster, who saved well with his legs. Jay Rodriguez may have done better in the 40th minute after turning Tom Davies and firing over the bar.

After the break, the contest continued with little inspiration from either team, and Lukaku was disappointed after he turned his man and scuffed his shot across the goal in the 64th minute. Rodriguez then put a through ball for Redmond but he wasn't able to threaten Joel Robles in goal.

The deadlock was broken in the 73rd minute when Coleman broke down the right to cross for Lukaku, who forced a save from Forster. The ball broke to Valencia to score his first goal for Everton.

Valencia, who came on for Aaron Lennon in the second half, then won a penalty after being fouled by Yoshida. Baines slotted home confidently to make it 2-0 in the 81st minute.

It was all Everton and they made it 3-0 in the 89th minute when Lukaku smashed home high into the net after the excellent Valencia put him clear.