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Saints At Everton The Verdict
Tuesday, 2nd Oct 2018 22:00
Saints followed their usual pattern of dominating a game before throwing it away, bu this time they had penalties to save them.
After taking a 1-0 lead courtesy of Danny Ings on the stroke of half time Saints coped well in the second half and looked to be heading for the next round of the League Cup till they again gave away a late goal, this time ex Saint Theo Walcott being played through to equalise in the 85th minute.
The game went to penalties and Saints were in the driving seat after Ings, Davis and Hojbjerg all scored with Richarlison blazing over to make it 3-2, but there was to be drama, Matt Targett had the opportunity to make it 4-3 and put pressure on Theo Walcott, but his penalty was tame and Steklenberg saved.
But Angus Gunn would deny Walcott and that left Cedric to take the 5th and hopefully final penalty for Saints and he dispatched it with aplomb to put Saints through.
Hopefully this is a result that Saints can build on at the weekend, with the question being whether any of the three stand in central defenders have done enough to make Mark Hughes change his thinking in the centre of defence or indeed whether he opts for a back three against Chelsea. Of course it should also be remembered this was also a changed Everton side, but you can only play what is in front of you.
Whatever the answer a win in a cup tie is a win whether its by penalties or not, it has to be a boost in that it has stopped a run of defeats and will give us some confidence, of course we still conceded a late goal and questions still remain, but we march into the next round with our first win at Everton in over 20 years.
Man of the match is perhaps Angus Gunn who made a couple of sharp saves during the game and then saved Everton's fifth penalty to leave Cedric with the honours of winning the tie.
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