Before the game, a “Kenwright & Co #timetogo” banner was flown over St. Mary’s by Everton fans frustrated but the club’s lack of transfer funds. One of the club’s big-money signing, Romelu Lukaku, then accidentally hit a Southampton fan with a wayward shot in the pre-match warm-up, which the Belgian duly apologised for, courtesy of a hug. However, it was the striker who would prove to be the star of the show for the visitors, bagging a brace in an impressive 3-0 win.
The Toffees visited St. Mary’s on the back of a disappointing opening day home draw against Watford, but they started strongly against the Saints. However, it was the home side who almost took the lead on 20 minutes, with Sadio Mane’s fine strike saved by Tim Howard.
Soon after, Roberto Martinez’s side opened the scoring, with Lukaku directing a superb header past Maarten Stekelenburg in the Southampton goal.
On the stroke of half-time, Everton doubled their advantage, with Lukaku netting his second of the game after exchanging passes with Ross Barkley.
The Toffees’ backline performed superbly in the second-half, keeping out the Saints who desperately pushed to get back into the game.
Everton then sealed the deal late on, with Barkley curling home a superb effort to give the Merseysiders their first win at St. Mary’s since 2002.
The result sees Martinez’s men go third but leaves Ronald Koeman and co. with much to consider after an underwhelming start to the new campaign.