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Everton suffer their third away defeat on the bounce

It was another away day for the many that follow their beloved Blues across the country.

It ended up being another day of disappointment as Frank Lampard couldn’t get his side playing like they have been at their famous old home Goodison Park.

Southampton dominated throughout the 90 minutes with Stuart Armstrong and Shane Long scoring the goals in the second half to get The Saints a well deserved three points.

It was a bright start for Everton but it only lasted around ten minutes as the hosts grew into the game and took control.

Throughout the first half Jordan Pickford had to make a handful of saves to keep his side from going one goal down.

He stopped Chelsea loanee Armando Broja from dinking it over him, a trademark James Ward-Prowse free-kick and somehow stopped a a effort from a Ward-Prowse corner to make Lampard’s half-time team talk not a demoralising one.

However whatever he said in the interval definitely did not work.

Lampard brought on Andre Gomes for Allan due to the Brazilians yellow card and in the middle of the park Ward-Prowse made a mockery of him as he ran the show for Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side.

Gomes lost the ball in the build-up to Southampton’s opener as Che Adams laid it off to Armstrong who beat Pickford at his near post only seven minutes after the second half had began.

Southampton then doubled their lead finishing the game off with six minutes to go as a Shane Long header looped over a helpless Pickford.

The day was made worse for Everton as relegation rivals Burnley and Watford won their games to make up ground on The Toffees.

Everton will play top of the table Manchester City next and then after that it is Tottenham Hotspur and Wolves.

So it is a far from straightforward run of games for the nine time champions of England.

A long way to go but at the moment it seems to be one step forward two steps back for Everton and that could leave them in a periless situation come the end of the campaign.

READ MORE: Everton get a vital three points against Leeds thanks to an electric Goodison Park

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