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.
@IanRC wow Gabi doesn't score as per usual but holds the ball up well while playing a second string team. Yeah sounds like a starter to me. I mean he's got an Italian flamboyant name he must be mustard. All the matches he's played in and been anonymous must be an anomaly. His cool name and invisible presence must mean at least 20 goals a season. Those goals he scored when he first came weren't down to the fact he was an unknown and was shown too much respect or just that even crap anonymous strikers score a few in a row at sometime over the space of [X] amount of years. No, it's all in the name. Let's put you in charge of new buys. And remember the golden rule. The cooler the name the better the player, especially if they are Italian.
I like Gabbiadini I think his lack of goals is down as much to the way we play not suiting him than his ability, but I do find it ironic that those who slag off Shane Long and demand Gabbiadini, use Long's poor goalscoring record as evdence he should not be in the team.
Funnily enough since October last year they have scored exactly the same number of goals each 2
Now I have to admit I didn't see the game and only heard bits on the radio. But I much prefer the make up of the side last night to the one Hughes has been putting out of late for the following reasons: 1. 3 centre backs rather than 2 gives us added height to defend set pieces, something that we've had a problem with this season. 2. 3 centre backs allows Cedric to play as a wing back rather than as a full back, a position that suits him much better 3. The centre backs chosen last night have more pace and better footballing brains than Hoedt and Vestergaard 4. Matt Targett is too good a player to rot on the bench so its good to see him start 5. Gabbiadini needs to play so that we can work out how to use him to best effect I wouldn't be surprised to see that team start again on Sunday with possibly one chnage to bring Bertrand in as one of the centre backs - don't forget he played there under Koeman.