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Southampton hopes hit by Davies goal

5 May 2018
Everton v Southampton

Everton midfielder's stoppage-time goal earns 1-1 draw that also prolongs West Brom's relegation fight

Southampton's battle against relegation suffered a setback after Tom Davies scored a stoppage-time goal to earn Everton a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.

Nathan Redmond’s header looked to have secured Southampton their first Premier League win at Everton in 21 years and one that would have lifted them two points clear of the bottom three.

But Everton fought back when Davies’s shot through a crowd of players deflected in off Wesley Hoedt.

Charlie Austin’s long-range strike and Oriol Romeu’s shot had forced first-half saves from Everton’s Jordan Pickford.

Saints took the lead on 56 minutes when Cedric Soares picked out Redmond, on for the injured Mario Lemina, to head in his first goal of the PL campaign.

Visiting defender Maya Yoshida was dismissed for a second bookable offence on 85 minutes and, following a fine Alex McCarthy save from Leighton Baines’s free-kick, substitute Davies produced his dramatic equaliser.

The draw means Southampton are only above 18th-placed Swansea City, whom they visit on Tuesday, on goal difference, while West Bromwich Albion, two points further back, live to fight another day.

Everton remain eighth with 48 points.

Next fixtures

Everton: 13 May v WHU (A)
Southampton: 8 May v SWA (A)

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