The Mauricio Pochettino era begins with a point and an impressive performance. Saints remain 15th in the Premier League table, but are now four points clear of the relegation zone. We will have reaction for you on the website soon, as well as a full match report, analysis, quotes, fan reaction and photos in tomorrow's Daily Echo. Thanks for joining us...
FULL-TIME: Saints 0 Everton 0
SAINTS SUB (87 mins): Puncheon off, De Ridder on.
CHANCE (83 mins): Lambert meets Puncheon's corner at the back post, but puts his header just over the bar.
SAINTS SUB (71 mins): Ramirez off, Steven Davis on.
CHANCE (68 mins): Brilliant pass from Fellaini puts Anichebe in down the left channel, but Boruc does brilliantly to turn his powerful near-post shot wide.
EVERTON SUB (67 mins): Jelavic off, Mirallas on.
SAINTS SUB (62 mins): Guly off, Rodriguez on.
CHANCE (61 mins): Anichebe breaks away down the left and squares to Jelavic 12 yards out. But with just Boruc to beat he completely fluffs his shot, with the ball going between his legs in the end, before Saints clear.
EVERTON SUB (58 mins): Coleman off, Anichebe on.
BOOKING (52 mins): Osman the first Everton player to be cautioned, after bringing down Luke Shaw.
CHANCE (51 mins): Coleman's cross is controlled by Fellaini at the back post. His right-foot snapshot is saved at the near post by Boruc. From the resulting corner, Fellaini plants a header straight at Boruc.
HALF-TIME: Saints 0 Everton 0
CHANCE (43 mins): Puncheon's cross from the left picks out Lambert around about the penalty spot, but his thumping header flashes just wide of the post. So close again.
BOOKING (40 mins): Schneiderlin yellow carded for tripping Naismith in midfield.
CHANCE (37 mins): Ramirez drives forward from midfield, goes past Baines and hits a low right-foot shot that Howard turns behind for a corner. From the set-piece, Lambert's free header from six yards out is brilliantly cleared off the line by a retreating Jelavic, before the ball is played back in to Hooiveld in space, who controls on his chest and volleys straight at Howard. A couple of great chances for Saints gone begging there.
CHANCE (27 mins): Lambert sidesteps Jagielka in the area, leaving him with just Howard to beat, but from a tight angle. His curling left-foot effort is kept out by the Everton keeper.
BOOKING (23 mins): Hooiveld the first man to be cautioned, for bringing down Fellaini.
CHANCE (22 mins): Steven Naismith fires in a low half-volley from the edge of the area that Artur Boruc stops. First real effort from the visitors.
CHANCE (20 mins): Jagielka bundles over Ramirez 30 yards out, left of centre. Lambert steps up to take the free-kick and hits a beauty that cannons off the outside of the post and away to safety for Everton.
CHANCE (13 mins): Ramirez tries his luck from long distance, but his shot deflects off Jagielka and is palmed wide by Tim Howard in the Everton goal.
CHANCE (7 mins): Puncheon cuts inside onto his left foot on the edge of the area, but his low shot deflects off an Everton defender and goes just wide for a corner. Unfortunately, the set-piece then comes to nothing.
CHANCE (4 mins): Ramirez releases Lambert down the right. His low ball into the area is diverted just wide of the post by Everton's Jagielka - a necessary interception with Guly poised to convert had the ball reached him.
Chants of "There's only one Nigel Adkins" from the home supporters as the teams emerged onto the pitch.
The teams are out here at St Mary's. Kick-off just a few moments away. We will have updates for you here throughout the match.
Everton manager David Moyes is clearly not impressed with the actions at St Mary's in the last few days. Here's his take:
It’s disappointing. Nigel Adkins is a really good guy and earned the right to be involved in games like this, the way he got his teams promoted and also the way his team’s been playing in the Premier League. Undoubtedly tonight we’re playing against Nigel Adkins’ team. Obviously I’m disappointed for Nigel and I would have liked to have seen him here tonight.Everton manager David Moyes
And here is Pochettino on what sort of reception he is expecting from the supporters this evening:
What I have been told about the Southampton supporters is that they’re really passionate and that they really support the team. I just want for them to keep on backing the team and backing the club, and hopefully we can get the victory tonight. I just want to say that I have been offered this position and I’m here with my maximum ambition and I’m really excited to be here.Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino has been speaking to Sky before tonight's match. Here's what he had to say when quizzed about any changes he has made:
Basically we’re maintaining the structure that was previously there. I have maximum respect for the job that was done previously. In time we will develop more concepts, we’ll bring in new directions and concepts. We just made some little changes, but the main structure is maintained.Mauricio Pochettino
Just worth a mention that Nigel Adkins did not get a single mention in tonight's matchday programme.
That 'acknowledgement' in the statement when he was sacked was the sum of the club's thanks for back-to-back promotions!
So two changes to the team that drew with Chelsea with Rickie Lambert and Gaston Ramirez in for Steven Davis and Jay Rodriguez.
Saints: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw, Puncheon, Schneiderlin, Cork, Do Prado, Ramirez, Lambert.
Subs: K Davis, Richardson, Fox, S Davis, Chaplow De Ridder Rodriguez.
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Naismith, Pienaar, Neville, Osman, Fellaini, Jelavic
Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Mirallas, Hitzlsperger, Anichebe, Duffy
Everton team: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Naismith, Pienaar, Neville, Osman, Fellaini, Jelavic
An hour until kick off.
Team news expected in about 15 minutes.
As for Mauricio Pochettino, we haven't heard too much on the game itself.
The brief press conference last week was about it and, due it taking a long time as it was largely conducted through an interpreter we got only a few snippets – but one cracking name drop.
They included: "I know the Premiership really well. In Spain we follow it closely. I am a great admirer of English football.
"I spoke at length with people that know this league such as Jose Mourinho, who is a good friend of mine.
"He told me the best football in the world is being played here.
"The challenge is to win all the games that are ahead of us. In the background there is a project to grow the club.
"Very good players have come out of the academy here. We need to keep on reinforcing that structure so that in the long term we can be one of the strongest clubs in England."
Saints fans will be waiting to see if there is a debut for new signing Vegard Forren.
The Norwegian’s £4m capture played second, third, maybe even tenth fiddle to the managerial changes last Friday.
He said: "The plan the chairman has for this club is fantastic. There is a good, young squad here and the way they play fits me well, so I hope I can join the team and get some good results."
David Moyes also admits he is unsure of what to expect from this evening’s game on the back of the sacking of Nigel Adkins.
The Scot said: "It's a really difficult one to judge because I actually think Southamptonhave been playing quite well. I'm not quite sure what effect it will have on the players but when you get a new manager you get on with it.
"I don't think players mope around too long about the manager, and I mean that with real respect for Nigel, but I think players just get on with their job. I would expect them to do that and it will be difficult.
"I don't know what the atmosphere will be like, I would have expected the supporters to have probably been in Nigel's camp because of the work he'd done there."
It's a tough opener for Mauricio Pochettino. His first #BPL match as boss is against David Moyes - who is preparing for his 412th. #SOUEVE— @premierleague 21 January 2013
Just in case you've not had enough of the opinions about Nigel Adkins' sacking, here are some more:
David Moyes hopes Rickie Lambert does not register his 11th goal of the season when Everton visit Saints tonight, but the Toffees boss is encouraged to see the striker doing so well.
Lambert has spent most of his career in the lower leagues with the likes of Macclesfield, Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers, but has had no trouble adjusting to the top level.
The 30-year-old's 10 goals make him the joint leading English goalscorer in the Barclays Premier League along with Tottenham's Jermain Defoe, leading to talk of a possible England call-up.
Moyes said: "Like a lot of the Southampton players who have moved up through the leagues, he's done very well.
"Some of them have gone the distance with them, some of them have joined in as they've gone along but I think they've tended to keep the soul of the club.
"Rickie Lambert's been a great goalscorer through his career and he continues to do so."
The M271 is clear again after a broken down lorry was removed, so all of you coming in that way have nothing to worry about, other than Marouane Fellaini.
THREE HOURS TO GO Southampton can go 14th with a handsome win tonight; Everton could move a point behind Tottenham, who are fourth. #SOUEVE— @premierleague 21 January 2013
5:15pm Mon 21 Jan 13
warrens 76 says
For years English football has dramatically lagged behind continental (particularly spanish) football...
Whilst the premiership disguises the facts with hordes of foreigners, our English players 'all' take too long on the ball, lose possession too easily and do not think quick...
I have complained this season that our SFC tempo was often too slow and we gave the oppossition too much time to cover defensively..
Giving the ball away with hoofed kicks is symptomatic of a lack of belief in keeping possession..
For years I have wanted England to do things in one movement not three..
To think that OUR team SFC could be at the forefront of this style of play is unbelievable...and remember the teams we create with this style of play only work as a team who are all trained the same.
This is why Messi is fantastic for Barca but often disappears for Argentina..therefore if we create this style of play many of our players will not WANT to leave...
Big IF. however if that is Cortese's vision I am firmly on the Bus..here's hoping..
5:10pm Mon 21 Jan 13
Red n White says
Just read on BBC website that Man Utd have bid £17m for Zaha, a bloke who couldn't even get past Danny Fox last season! No wonder teams look abroad for players.
4:58pm Mon 21 Jan 13
Look on the bright side, Nigel will come again and many of us will watch his progress with added interest, but tonight is all about the team.
They have to shackle Fellaini and get in the way of every Baines shot, and deal with the rest of a very good Everton team, who like Arsenal and MU have benefitted hugely from having a long term manager!!
A win tonight should be dedicated to Nigel!!
Of course, we're keen to hear your score predictions for tonight. Leave them below in the comments section.
4:53pm Mon 21 Jan 13
A couple of nice touches from Mayuka but it finished 1 1 ft
Away fans welcome in Yates PH, Giddy Bridge PH, both near train station, families welcome at Slug and Lettuce PH #SFCvEFC13 #EFC— @SaintsfcCop 21 January 2013
There are parking restrictions around St Mary's stadium, this might help you to find somewhere to park http://t.co/3khVdjR2 #saintsfc #efc— @SaintsfcCop 21 January 2013
Looking forward to this game. Be an intriguing night. Imagine there'll be huge support from #saintsfc fans for Adkins, but also for the team— @gordonsimpson 21 January 2013
In South Africa, Mayuka has just come on for Zambia, with six minutes of the game left.
From Friday, here's a video clip of Mauricio Pochettino's unveiling as Saints boss.
4:38pm Mon 21 Jan 13
st bevois says
See Sky Sports News interviewing all the Everton fans on the way down. They say that they have sold some 2,500, wonder if they are all gonna travel? They seem to think that they are pretty much gonna get 3 points tonight. Come on Saints fans - lets ensure that we make it feel like a home fixture and get behind the team.
Sky chap: 'What are you doing going to Southampton on a Monday?' Everton fan: 'Well, that's down to you - it was meant to be on Saturday'— @NickMillerF365 21 January 2013
In other Saints news, Emmaulle Mayuka is on the bench for Zambia in the African Cup of Nations against Ethiopia. The score is currently 1-1 with just under 20 minutes left to go.
4:25pm Mon 21 Jan 13
Puddletown Saint says
Can see Fox and Punch on the flanks with Gaston behind Rickie. Forren to start.
Get behind the lads tonight. SFC is bigger and better than what has happened these last few days.
For those of you travelling by train this evening, be warned there is a reduced timetable in operation by South West Trains due to the recent snow.
Neil Swarbrick has been appointed referee for Southampton v Everton on 21/01/2013 #SOUEVE— @premierleague 14 January 2013
How will Saints do against Everton tonight?
- Win: 43%
- Draw: 28%
- Lose: 29%
Thanks for voting - this ballot is now closed.
To confirm, despite the poor weather in many parts of the UK, Southampton v Everton at 2000 GMT today in the #BPL is DEFINITELY ON. #SOUEVE— @premierleague 21 January 2013
In fact, we've had lots of Saints articles on the site today. Here's a list of the latest ones:
- Lloyd's Saints dream 12 years in the making
- Franny's finish line fantasy
- Boruc wants to leave Saints
- Gardos could make Saints debut
- Koeman wants Saints to build on Anfield display
- West Brom's Samaras unavailable for Saints clash
- Koeman quiet on Townsend pursuit
- Koeman: West Brom could be tougher than Liverpool
- No Schneiderlin swap in any Townsend deal
- Benali - let's make St Mary's a fortress
4:09pm Mon 21 Jan 13
warrens 76 says
Anyone expecting a sudden transformation needs to re think...new methods take time...
This is why changing now is risky...however, we cannot and should not call NC until we are safetly up or down.
As you probably know by now, Pochettino's backroom staffed have now been appointed.
They are Jesús Pérez, who worked as a technical coach under Pochettino at Espanyol, is the assistant boss.
Miguel D'Agostino, 41, first-team coach, former Spanish international Toni Jiménez, 42, goalkeeping coach, and technical support coach Fran Alonso.
You can read the full story by Gordon Simpson if you want to find out more about the new men.
4:06pm Mon 21 Jan 13
now a new era begins be interesting what the team is .as saintlsoul claims to know who his playing,we shall see with interest .might ask him for this weeks lottery numbers !!!!
Speaking of the weather, it's pretty chilly in Southampton right now, despite the snow which had been forecast failing to materialise.
Latest from the Met Office:
As tonight's game is televised, kick-off is at 8pm rather than 7.45pm as weeknight fixtures often are, so make sure you factor in the late start and cold weather as you get ready to head off to the match tonight.
Welcome to the Daily Echo's blog of the Saints v Everton game tonight.
We're starting earlier than normal due to the exceptional events of the last few days, which leave tonight's game with more importance than it already had.
New manager Mauricio Pochettino's first staring XI is eagerly anticipated, with many eager to see if he'll recall Rickie Lambert to the side, who was left on the bench for the first 55 minutes in Nigel Adkins' last game, a 2-2 draw against Chelsea.