Premier League: Southampton v Everton as it happened

Live text commentary as Mauricio Pochettino's debut as Southampton boss ends in a goalless draw with Everton.

21 January 2013 Last updated at 22:32

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As it happened

  1. 2227: 

    High pressure, high tempo. It's the Mauricio Pochettino way it seems.

    A decent start for the new boss though, and a solid point all round.

    After a weekend of top-flight action we turn our attention to the League Cup - join me tomorrow night for the first of two cracking semi-final second legs.

    It's Aston Villa v Bradford in a balti showdown. See you there.

  2. 2224: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard: "It was night and day. I had nothing to do in the second half after being very busy. Clean sheets have been hard to come by but you see that all over the Premier League. We have two home games now ni the league and it's up to us to take advantage."

  3. 2224: 
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    Chris Watkins on Twitter: "Adkins gone, disgraceful, agreed. Positive 1st glimpses of what MP wants to bring to us in that first half though. Decent start."

    Chris Nash on Twitter: "Loved Adkins BUT first half looked promising for Saints. More attacking, more man marking. Reverted to old style 2nd half."

  4. 2221: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino: "I want to thank the players for the three days they have worked with me, they have done well. I also have to thank the supporters, they have been kind and the reception was amazing.

    "We did well tonight, we created several chances to score. The only shame was that we did not score a lot of goals but we created a lot of chances against a good side like Everton. We suffered a bit in the second half, we were not as good as we were in the first half.

    "I really enjoyed the game today, when you are watching the league from outside, you don't realise. The people who have worked in this league always said that it is amazing and I really enjoyed it."

  5. 2220: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino through an interpreter:

    "We had a very good first half, we created a lot of clear chances. In the second half we paid the price for our first-half efforts. I want to thank the fans and the players for their effort in these three days.

    "The players have welcomed me. Everything I was told about the fans is true. They were very passionate and I want to thank them for their kindness."

  6. 2218: 

    Here he comes to the Match of the Day cameras...

  7. 2215: 

    I'm just waiting to see if Mauricio Pochettino is going to do some post-match interviews. He must be pretty pleased with what he saw tonight.

  8. 2212: 

    I wonder how loud and vociferous that 'word' from David Moyes was at half-time?

  9. 2211: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    More from Everton manager David Moyes: "We got better after we had a word at half-time. The chance for Jelavic was a real big chance, we are a little bit like that at the moment. This time last year we were stealing the goals but it will come. Kevin Mirallas and Victor Anichebe made an impact for us and a draw here is not a bad result.

    "We are in a good position and we have as much chance of anyone of getting that fourth spot."

  10. 2209: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Everton boss David Moyes: "I was frustrated with how we played and frustrated in the second half that we did not get the goal. Southampton have played well in recent weeks and they continued that form. We got better in the second half. In the end they had the better of the first half and we probably had the better of the second.

    "Their team has done well and I have to give Nigel Adkins really well. His players did well against Chelsea and they did well tonight. They are not a bad side are Southampton.

    "We are a good bit through the season, we have had a lot of draws and we need to look to win it. We tried in the second half today and we will certainly try to ensure we win more than we draw in the second half of the season."

  11. 2206: 

    Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin: "The gaffer asked us to play a high tempo game and put pressure on them and I think we did that very well. I think if we play like that we will win games. The manager is great.

    "In the next couple of weeks we will get to know him better and he will get to know us better. We have a few days now to get to know each other better and I think he will be great. We are sure we can stay in this league, I think we have proven we can stay up."

  12. 2205: 

    It's Manchester United away next up for Mauricio Pochettino. Talk about a tough start. He has got a nine-day break though, so it's off to Spain first. I'm sure the team bus can take some of his stuff back to his new digs as well.

  13. 2202: 

    Apaprently Southampton are off to a training camp in Barcelona this week. You didn't get that with Nigel Adkins to be fair...

  14. 2201:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Jelavic loss of confidence major problem for Everton. Penalty box player spending too much time wandering on wing. Now snatching at chances"

  15. 2158: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Southampton captain Rickie Lambert: "I had the majority of the chances! They've been going in of late but not today, but I take heart from that performance.

    "It's been a hell of a few days, a lot of people are disappointed at the club but the players have to get on with the job. We are already getting to grips with the manager's ideas. He wants high pressure, a high tempo and it showed in the first half."

  16. 2156: 
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    Bobbie 'twitcher' Hough on Twitter: "I wouldn't leave the couch for a toilet break during a football.match, let alone central midfield."

  17. 2153: 

    So Southampton stay in 15th place in the Premier League table, but move four points clear of the drop zone.

    Everton stay in fifth spot on 38 points, four ahead of Arsenal but still three short of Spurs.

  18. 2153:  
    Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's:

    "It was a really even game, entertaining. Southampton started well but Everton played their way back into it in the second half but 0-0 is a fair result I think."

  19. 2151: 
    FULL-TIME- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Mauricio Pochettino looks downhearted at the full-time whistle, but I think he'll be pretty pleased with that point.

  20. 2149: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Understandably, Kevin Mirallas has not looked razor sharp tonight after his injury lay-off. He takes a shot from 25 yards but it's right at Artur Boruc. Never got hold of it.

  21. 2148: 
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    Basher on text: "St Mirren winger Jose Quitongo 'did a Puncheon' in extra time of a cup game vs Ross County years back. Bizarre."

  22. 2145: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    David Moyes is still bubbling away on the touchline. His side have been far better after the break but have lacked quality in the final third. We are into the 90th minute.

  23. 2143: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Jason Puncheon can have as long as he wants in the toilet now - he's been replaced by Steve De Ridder.

  24. 2142: 
    FINAL FIVE- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Saints find their one-touch passing game again as Jay Rodriguez bursts into the area - great tackle by Phil Neville though.

  25. 2142: 
    Everton boss David Moyes

    Everton's previous game - against Swansea - was a goalless draw. It is five years since the Toffees have had back-to-back goalless draws.

  26. 2140: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Southampton have been much less of a goal threat since the break, but they go close here as Rickie Lambert heads in from a corner, the ball is always a bit high but grazes the top of the crossbar as it dips down.

    Six minutes of normal time left.

  27. 2139: 
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    Andrew on text: "I've been an Everton fan for years mostly looking at the league table on the second page of ceefax. Technology has moved on but the magic of hitting 40 points hasn't, come on toffees!"

    Everton need a winner to hit the magic 40...

  28. 2135: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    There are a fair few unsavoury chants flying about at St Mary's in Jason Puncheon's direction. I can't possibly repeat them but he has a big smile on his face.

    This game has gone downhill a bit though. Into the last 10 minutes...

  29. 2135: 
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    Millsotheblue on Twitter: "Anichebe has a massive future in the Premier League, he's improved markedly this season."

    Maberz89 on Twitter: "I once saw Ian Blackwell leave the pitch to have a pint and chill with the fans at Somerset County Cricket Club."

  30. 2132: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    There's a pause in play after Luke Shaw and Morgan Schneiderlin collide. David Moyes is furious with the decision to stop play, and after his shouts at referee Neil Swarbrick fall on deaf ears, he turns his attention to Steven Naismith.

    The Everton winger has strips torn off him there. Poor lad.

  31. 2130: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Victor Anichebe is having a stormer. He gets free on the left and crosses for Kevin Mirallas, whose first touch is brilliant, he glides away from his defender inside the penalty area but his shot on his left foot is sliced wide.

    We have 15 minutes remaining.

  32. 2129: 
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    Joe, Everton fan from Bristol on text: "Last January all Evertonians thought their striker prayers had been answered by Nikica Jelavic but after that miss could Everton again be in need of new striker?"

  33. 2128: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Have you ever seen a player leave the pitch to go the toilet?

  34. 2127: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Jason Puncheon has left the field - apparently he's had to leave the field to go to the toilet. Extraordinary.

    There's a change for the Saints as well as Gaston Ramirez is replaced by Steven Davis.

  35. 2125:  
    Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's:

    "I am surprised Victor Anichebe didn't start. He reminds me a little bit of Emile Heskey, he has great strength and pace but that was a great save by Artur Boruc to deny him."

  36. 2124: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Victor Anichebe is through the middle and he pulls a blinder of a save from Artur Boruc, getting the ball on the edge of the box, shifting it on to his left foot and driving high - only to see the Pole make a one-handed save. Excellent stuff.

  37. 2123: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Nikica Jelavic has had a poor evening, and it comes to an end as Kevin Mirallas is on. Victor Anichebe through the middle?

  38. 2121: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Everton are much improved after that half-time rocket from David Moyes, but their final touch remains abject. Leighton Baines is the latest culprit, hitting a cross right at Artur Boruc in the Saints goal when released clear down the left.

    There are 25 minutes left. Can someone find the net?

  39. 2121: 
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    Henry Winterton on Twitter: "Is there a better free kick taker than Lambert? Hate to say it, he's not even the best on the pitch, Leighton Baines is."

    Paul Moore on Twitter: "Erm, I'm confused Tom. Which team did you say is 5th and which team has been fighting relegation all season?"

  40. 2119:  
    Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's:

    "That is the second time we have seen Victor Anichebe get in behind the defence, it was a great cross but poor control by Nikica Jelavic, who completed mis-controlled the ball. The game has just swung to Everton and Anichebe's pace is causing Southampton a couple of problems."

  41. 2118: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Massive chance for Everton! Leighton Baines slips in a cute pass down the left to release Victor Anichebe, the substitute gets his head up and squares perfectly for Nikica Jelavic - who air-kicks the ball totally. It strikes his back leg. He was only seven yards out as well. Has to score.

  42. 2116: 
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    Rob on text: "Nigel Adkins cannot be credited enough for the positive philosophy he has instilled at St. Mary's... to not let his departure damage this seems like the best way to respect just how much he has done for our club."

  43. 2115: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Fabulous effort from Leon Osman as he crunches in a half-volley from 20 yards but the ball flicks off the head of Maya Yoshida - another corner it is then.

    Saints clear their lines.

  44. 2114: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Whatever the problem with Seamus Coleman is, it's enough to put him out of the game. Victor Anichebe is on in his place - so I guess Phil Neville will move to right-back.

  45. 2113: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Everton play on with 10 men as Seamus Coleman has some further treatment.

  46. 2111: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    That double chance has kicked the game into gear again. Southampton win a corner and Luke Shaw pings in a shot which is well blocked, before Seamus Coleman goes down injured for Everton.

    He is holding his left thigh. I'm saying dead leg.

  47. 2107: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    The best we've seen from Everton! Seamus Coleman gets round the outside on the right and stands the ball up, Marouane Fellaini is able to bring the ball down on his chest and get a shot away but Artur Boruc saves with his feet.

    Fellaini then wins the header from the corner and heads it right at Artur Boruc. Much better from the visitors.

  48. 2105: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    We're not at the same tempo in the second-half so far. Everton are having more of the ball though.

  49. 2105:  
    Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's:

    "This is probably one of Everton's poorer displays that I have this season but I think a lot of that is down to the way Southampton have played. They are also not getting support up for Nikica Jelavic and not creating many chances."

  50. 2103: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton
    Rickie Lambert

    Is there a better free-kick taker than Rickie Lambert in the Premier League? Yohan Cabaye and Jonathan de Guzman scored two great goals at the weekend and Lambert almost joined them in the first-half, rattling the post with a 30-yard set-piece.

  51. 2102: 
    KICK-OFF- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    We are back under way.

  52. 2101: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    The players are back out on the pitch at St Mary's. I imagine the Everton players' ears are ringing.

  53. 2057: 
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    Sean Kelly on Twitter: "Worst Everton game of the season. Jelavic needs to start getting into the game! We need someone to hold up play."

    James Dixon on Twitter: "Luke Shaw only 17 ?! Looks already a quality player! look forward to seeing him in the England set up in the near future."

    Tom Brown on Twitter: "Got my half time Bovril sitting in my room at uni.. COYR!"

    Tom - I like a mug of Bovril as much as the next man. But I can't help think you're not really getting the most out of your uni experience there...

  54. 2050: 

    Everton have to be better after the break, they really do.

    Southampton were excellent in that half, and while there is no way to deduce the impact of Mauricio Pochettino it could not have gone much better for him...

  55. 2049: 
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    Will Rider on text: "This is the Premier League, so the second half will probably be the complete reverse of the first. I'm expecting a big response from Everton after the break."

  56. 2048:  
    Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's:

    "On the one hand Southampton will be really pleased with the way they have played but on the other they will be gutted they are not long gone in this game. Southampton were very dominant, Everton will be disappointed with how they have played so far."

  57. 2046: 
    HALF-TIME- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Southampton could be 3-0 up, and Rickie Lambert could have had a hat-trick. Superb opening half for Mauricio Pochettino.

  58. 2046: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    It is over two hours and 40 minutes of Premier League football since Everton last scored. David Moyes will be fuming after this first-half display. How long until we see Victor Anichebe and Kevin Mirallas?

  59. 2045:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "So many opportunities for Southampton and none taken yet - but playing so well. As bad as Everton have been this season."

  60. 2042: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Again - how are Saints not ahead?

    Luke Shaw crosses from the left, Rickie Lambert gets up superbly and bullets a header back acropss goal, brilliant connection - but a yard wide. So, so close.

  61. 2042: 
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    Fred, Saints fan on text: "I'm sorry but has this squad ever played so well? No we haven't - the Pocchetino effect."

  62. 2040: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Better from Everton as Steven Naismith links up with Marouane Fellaini and almost gets in on the end of his flick, only to see Artur Boruc off his line quickly to sweep up. A rare attack from the visitors.

  63. 2040: 

    Tom Phethean on Twitter: "We must take advantage whilst we're on top, Everton aren't a team that will be on the back foot all game."

  64. 2039:  
    Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's:

    "Two dreadful misses, that was a free header for Rickie Lambert and then Jos Hooiveld had a great chance. He was in the middle of the goal, the volley sits up for him but he whacks it straight at Tim Howard."

  65. 2037: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Oh how are Southampton not ahead? Rickie Lambert's header from the corner is somehow kept off the line by Nikica Jelavic and Leighton Baines. Superb defending.

    And the ball is then helped back in to Jos Hooiveld, clean through, but he shoots straight at Tim Howard. Massive chance.

  66. 2036: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Tim Howard called into action again as Southampton continue to push. Gaston Ramirez takes on Leighton Baines and beats him, and is able to get a low shot in which Howard has to turn around.

  67. 2033: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Here are the boos and dissent I was expecting from the crowd - but the jeers are aimed at referee Neil Swarbrick, not Mauricio Pochettino. The fans want a free-kick as Rickie Lambert holds the ball up but the decision goes Everton's way.

  68. 2033:  
    Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's:

    "Everton have not been quite as fluid as you would think. I am surprised Victor Anichebe is not playing because his strength is when Everton are on the break, he would have been an option for them today. They don't have support getting up quick enough for Nikica Jelavic and that is something David Moyes might need to look at."

  69. 2031: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Southampton pump a free-kick deep, Sylvain Distin and Maya Yoshida are under it and the Japanese defender goes down under a shove from Distin. It was soft, but there was a push from Distin. Nothing given but a needless shove.

  70. 2029: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    I read somewhere this afternoon that Steven Pienaar is the most-fouled player in he Premier League so far this season, but the South African has hardly had a touch since that early flick to Leighton Baines. Everton have been toothless in the extreme as we tick past the half-hour mark.

  71. 2026: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    This is superb from Southampton as they again spring Rickie Lambert in behind the defence in that right channel, he is able to work it on to his left foot and shoot but Tim Howard stands up big and beats the ball away. Birthday boy Phil Neville then shows all of his experience to calmly nod the loose ball back to his goalkeeper.No doubt who is on top though - Southampton have been excellent.

  72. 2024: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at St Mary's: "Mauricio Pochettino has spent the opening 20 minutes barking orders and gesturing to his players. He's very animated."

  73. 2021: 
    YELLOW CARD- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Guly Do Prado almost bursts through the middle of the Everton defence after some smart build-up play, before Everton register an effort on target. Steven Naismith drills in a low shot which is fielded by Artur Boruc.

    Jos Hooiveld is then booked for tripping Marouane Fellaini.

  74. 2021:  
    Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's:

    "Southampton are playing a 4-1-4-1 and every now and then Gaston Ramirez will drop in between the midfield and defensive lines of Everton, find pockets of space and earn that bit of time on the ball for Southampton."

  75. 2020: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    What an effort! Rickie Lambert lines up a trademark free-kick from 30 yards and whips the ball high over the wall, it dips down and smacks against the angle of post and crossbar. Superb from the Saints skipper.

  76. 2018: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Everton have a rare period of play, as Leon Osman manages a powerful run down the left and then they win a corner on the opposite flank. The home side remain in control though as we approach the 20-minute mark.

  77. 2017: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Dom Breslin on Twitter: "Everton playing very sloppy football at the moment. Giving Southampton far too much ball and not holding possession."

    Callum on Twitter: "Rickie Lambert, Gaston Ramirez and Jason Puncheon are a terrific front line. The flair of the wingers and the heading from Lambert. Unstoppable."

  78. 2016:  
    Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's:

    "Southampton have been very lively, they have passed the ball around and they have a good tempo to their game. It has been a super start for them."

  79. 2015: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton
    Maurici Pochettino

    The buzz coming out of Spain on Friday was that Mauricio Pochettino's Espanyol side were known for being aggressive and pressing high up the pitch. Check, and check so far. Very promising start from the home side.

  80. 2012: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Close again for the Saints! Gaston Ramirez takes a shot this time, from around 30 yards, and again Phil Jagielka gets part of his body in the way and Tim Howard is able to make the save, sprawling at the base of his left post. Jagielka is a one-man defence so far.

  81. 2010: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    It's almost a year since Nikica Jelavic arrived in the Premier League, and the Everton man has gone off the boil a bit in recent weeks.

    The Croatian has scored only two league goals since October - but here's a half chance. Marouane Fellaini climbs well at the far post and heads across for Jelavic to get on to, but he can't generate any power in his effort.

  82. 2008: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    So far, so good for Southampton who have started very brightly. They are moving it around very smoothly and very nicely.

  83. 2007: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ollie on text: "Everyone decried Di Matteo's sacking at West Brom but look where they are now. Newcastle ditched Hughton and then finished 5th. And for all the criticism Abramovich gets, Chelsea won the FA Cup and Champions League after he sacked AVB. Clubs that sack their managers seem to be doing pretty well right now - horror stories like Blackburn no longer the norm."

  84. 2006: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    Southampton go close again, as Jason Puncheon cuts in from the right-hand side and fires in low, again it comes off the heel of Phil Jagielka and skids wide. Superb defending again from the Toffees centre-back.

  85. 2005:  
    Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's:

    "Phil Jagielka defended brilliantly, he was just able to keep it the right side of goal. It is good defending for me because it was a great ball in."

  86. 2004: 
    CLOSE!- Southampton 0-0 Everton

    "One Nigel Adkins" rings out around St Mary's, as the hosts almost take the lead!

    Rickie Lambert peels away down the right and crosses low, Phil Jagielka slides in to clear and the ball skids a foot or so wide of the near post. Very nearly an own goal.

  87. 2003:  
    Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's:

    "I don't think we will see too many bad protests now but give it a month and if they have lost a few games, and things do go slightly awry we might see one or two murmurings."

  88. 2001: 
    Southampton 0-0 Everton

    We could be seeing England left-backs of present and future tonight. Leighton Baines of Everton unusually wastes a crossing chance after a deft touch from Steven Pienaar, before Saints youngster Luke Shaw gets forward well and wins a throw-in. Shaw looks the business.

  89. 2000: 
    KICK-OFF- Southampton 0-0 Everton (2000 GMT)

    The Pochettino era is under way.

  90. 1957: 

    There's a ripple of applause from the home support as Mauricio Pochettino emerges from the tunnel. It's hardly deafening - at the decibel level of a decent cover drive at a county match - but there didn't appear to be much in the way of dissent either.

    Pochettino is now having a tete a tete with Rickie Lambert in the middle. I think he speaks more English than he lets on. Pochettino that is, not Lambert...

  91. 1953: 

    There are 20-odd photographers waiting for Mauricio Pochettino to come out of the tunnel at St Mary's. More paparazzi than a Lady Gaga gig.

  92. 1948: 

    It's Phil Neville's 36th birthday today - and the Everton captain remains a key player. His brother Gary has just said that he gets embarrassed talking about him but has labelled him as "a model professional."

  93. 1945: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jake Lehrle-Fry on Twitter: "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley ringing out over St Mary's, very apt considering recent events..."

  94. 1942: 

    There are 20 minutes to kick-off at St Mary's. Mauricio Pochettino is probably reciting a rousing speech to his new troops now, only to have to wait for 30 seconds after each stanza for his translator to convey the emotion in English.

    I never thought that as an Englishman I would be able to hold the upper hand on languages, but Mauricio Pochettino needs to raise his game and get enrolled at the local college.

  95. 1939: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Mike in Torquay on text: "Think people need to lay off Pochettino for now, the guy hasn't even taken charge of a game yet. He did an exceptional job at Espanyol, and he may well do the same in Southampton. I think it might end up being a master stroke by the So'ton board."

  96. 1937: 
    Southampton v Everton (2000 GMT)

    Everton manager David Moyes: "It is nice to have the points and not be looking over our shoulders, we have had that over the years. We tend to have a good second half of the season and if we can do that again the points from the first half of season will count towards a good total."

    On Nigel Adkins's sacking at Southampton: "It is difficult to weigh up, it is disappointing because Nigel is a really good guy, undoubtedly tonight we are playing against his team. I don't know what changes the new manager can make in the time he has been in, but it is disappointing for Nigel and I would have liked to see him here tonight."

  97. 1934: 

    Southampton have also confirmed that three of Nigel Adkins' coaches have been released as Mauricio Pochettino looks to finalise the make up of his backroom staff.

    Assistant manager Dean Wilkins and first-team coaches Andy Crosby and Jim Stannard have left the club.

    They have been replaced by Jesus Perez, Miguel D'Agostino and Toni Jimenez respectively.

    All three coaches worked with Pochettino during his time in charge of Espanyol.

  98. 1934: 
    LINE-UPS- Southampton v Everton (2000 GMT)

    Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw, Puncheon, Cork, Schneiderlin, Ramirez, Lambert, Do Prado. Subs: Kelvin Davis, Steven Davis, Rodriguez, Fox, Richardson, Chaplow, De Ridder.

    Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Naismith, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Jelavic, Fellaini. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Mirallas, Hitzlsperger, Anichebe, Duffy.

    Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

  99. 1931:  
    Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's:

    "What we have to understand is where Southampton should be. It is an excellent club no doubt about that but it is no Liverpool or Manchester City. First and foremost their target should be to stay in the Premier League.

    "It looked more than likely they were going to do that, I am not sure how far they are going to go under Mauricio Pochettino."

  100. 1930: 
    Southampton v Everton (2000 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose: "Much of the focus at St Mary's tonight will undoubtedly be on the person stood in the Southampton dugout as Mauricio Pochettino takes charge of a Saints game for the first time since his appointment on Friday.

    "The former Espanyol coach knows he must win over Southampton fans angry at the dismissal of Nigel Adkins and protests are expected at the game. Victory tonight would go some way to appeasing disgruntled supporters, but that will be easier said than done against an Everton side who have lost just once in the Premier League since November."

  101. 1930: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Will, an angry Saints fan: "Bring back Lawrie McMenemy! An incredible manager! We should not have sacked Adkins and to replace him with Pochettino is laughable. He may save us from relegation but we will only ever stay a relegation fighting club with him in charge."

    Duncan, Aberdeen on text: "It was relatively risky to go with Adkins two years ago, as a Saints fan I'm hoping this risk is as well taken. Best move now is to give the players the support they deserve since it's them we will rely on most in the coming weeks...and at least they can understand our support without a translator!"

  102. 1927: 
    Southampton v Everton (2000 GMT)

    Both sides have only kept three clean sheets apiece in the league this season, so Mauricio Pochettino should start his reign with a shed load of goals. Let's give him a proper Premier League welcome...

  103. 1923: 

    It seems, in the eyes of the Southampton programme at least, that Nigel Adkins no longer exists...

    Winston Smith would be proud.

  104. 1923: 

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan on Twitter: "No mention of Nigel Adkins in the programme, which is poor form considering he led them to back-to-back promotions."

  105. 1922: 

    With all the focus on Southampton after they pushed the managerial ejector seat, it's easy to forget that Everton are on a flyer at the top of the table.

    David Moyes' side are in fifth place going into tonight's game, and they can close to within a point of fourth-placed Tottenham with a win.

    The Toffees beat the Saints 3-1 at Goodison earlier this season, but haven't won on the south coast since 2002.

  106. 1921: 
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    (Not the) Bruce Willis on Twitter: "Not one mention of Adkins in the matchday programme. What a disgusting way to treat a man who's done so much for the club!"

  107. 1918: 
    Southampton v Everton (2000 GMT)

    Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino makes just two changes for his first game in charge of the club, bringing in Rickie Lambert and Gaston Ramirez. The two came off the bench to help the Saints fight back from two-goals down to draw 2-2 at Chelsea and are rewarded with a return to the starting XI.

    Everton, meanwhile, make one change with Steven Naismith replacing Victor Anichebe, while forward Kevin Mirallas is back on the bench after six weeks out with injury.

  108. 1918: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Chris, West Hampstead on text: "Remember what happened when Wolves sacked Mick McCarthy? Or the glorious years after Charlton didn't sack Alan Curbishley? Feel genuinely sorry for Saints fans."

    Angus in Reigate on text: "Nigel Adkins deserved better. Being a Saints fan was just miserable from the time of the FA Cup Final defeat to the day he took over when he transformed everything. I suspect we'll be back in the Championship next year especially when you read the win ratio of Pochettino!"

    Jim, London on text: "Mauricio Pochettino is Karl Pilkington with a full head of hair. Discuss."

  109. 1915: 
    Southampton v Everton (2000 GMT)

    Everton manager David Moyes: "I've seen Mauricio Pochettino's teams play. I don't know him personally but he looks as if he's a modern, young coach who will have a lot of knowledge of Spanish football, which will help him.

    "You can see it's helped Swansea with Michael Laudrup coming in, it's given them an opportunity to have a little bit of a head-start on players at the lower level who could possibly step up and I would expect him to be very much the same."

  110. 1914: 

    There you go then Saints fans - you back your team tonight. That's the message from on high...

  111. 1913: 
    Southampton v Everton (2000 GMT)

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino, via an interpreter: "I am getting to know the players and they are getting to know me but it is a bit hard to do more than that in three days so we are on the right path. We are maintaining the structure that was previously here. I have maximum respect for the structure that was here before, in time we will bring in new concepts but we have just made little changes now."

    On the reaction he expects from fans: "What I have been told about the Saints supporters is that they are really passionate and back the team and I just want them to keep backing the club. I am here with my maximum ambition and I am excited to be here, hopefully we can keep moving forward and get Southampton winning games."

  112. 1912: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Southampton v Everton (2000 GMT)

    Everton's Belgian forward Kevin Mirallas is back on the bench after six weeks out with injury. Nikica Jelavic leads the line.

  113. 1911: 

    Opta Sports on Twitter: "196 - Everton have had more shots away from home than any other team in the big five European leagues this season. Swashbuckling."

  114. 1909: 
    Southampton v Everton (2000 GMT)

    Mauricio Pochettino is facing the TV cameras here - he is speaking entirely in Spanish.

  115. 1907: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Southampton v Everton (2000 GMT)

    Rickie Lambert is back in the starting line-up for Southampton after he scored as a substitute against Chelsea in midweek. He skippers the side as well.

  116. 1906: 
    FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST

    The sackings keep coming though - and Rochdale are the latest club to bite the bullet.

    John Coleman is clearing his desk at Spotland as we speak, with the League Two club hoping to have a replacement in the building before their match at Cheltenham on Friday.

    Now where did I leave Keith Hill's phone number?

  117. 1904: 
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    Scotty, a lifelong Saints fan on text: "You might struggle to find anyone to defend our chairman's decision to sack Nigel Adkins. I've yet to speak with any Saints fan who thinks it was acceptable, the clubs above us in the table are scratching their heads with disbelief, and the ones below us are rubbing their hands with glee."

    Ben Palmer from Southampton on text: "We all hope this proves to be an inspired decision but the thing that has really upset Saints fans is the underhanded nature of Pochettino's arrival and the lack of opportunity to say goodbye to the most successful manager in recent times. Lets hope Poch hits the ground running or this could turn ugly..."

    Baz, Manchester on text: "As an Everton fan, I feel more confident playing an Adkins-less saints. We need to get at it from the kickoff, put early pressure on the new manager."

  118. 1903: 
    Southampton v Everton (2000 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at St Mary's: "After all the controversy over his appointment it's finally down to business for new Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino.

    "There is bound to be unequivocal support for previous boss Nigel Adkins this evening but the Argentine will know that victory tonight will go a long way to convincing Saints fans he is up to replacing the man who led the south-coast club to back-to-back promotions."

  119. 1902: 

    But I tell you who's not happy about the decision - former Southampton boss Lawrie McMenemy.

    McMenemy told BBC Sport towers today that "nobody has heard of" Pochettino, and "timing is everything in sport and, at the minute, it doesn't look like the time of this decision was right".

  120. 1859: 
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    Tom Holmes on Twitter: "I really hope Southampton fans don't react the same way Chelsea fans did to Rafa, not fair on the new man in, give him a chance."

    Ryan Smith on Twitter: "Decision was appalling considering what Nigel has done for the club!"

    Sam Payne on Twitter: "Swansea stayed up and progressed because of how they play, not they players they have. Obviously Southampton wanted a new style."

  121. 1856: 
    WHO IS MAURICIO POCHETTINO?

    He's not exactly a household name, but Mauricio Pochettino knows his footballing onions.

    He won 20-odd caps for Argentina as a centre-half, and was manager of Espanyol at the age of just 36.

    You can read more about his impact on La Liga in an article from our man in Barcelona Andy West, who says that he "developed a reputation as a forward-thinking and thoroughly modern coach. His teams played fast-paced football with an emphasis on pressing and ball retention, developing possession from defence."

    That sounds decent doesn't it?

  122. 1851: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Right then, let's have it out. Is there anyone out there who is in favour of the decision to axe Adkins and put Pochettino on the payroll?

    There must be someone? Come the end of the season it may prove to be an inspired decision.

    Either way, let me know your thoughts. You can text in on 81111 (UK Only) - providing you stick your name on them - and you can Tweet in using the hashtag #BBCFootball.

    Fire away...

  123. 1850:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tonight's 5 live Sport comes live from St Mary's, with Mark Chapman taking the presenting duties at 1900 GMT.

    There is full commentary of the match with Simon Brotherton, Alistair Bruce Ball and Steve Claridge.

    The team will also be talking to former Saints manager Dave Merrington before kick-off.

    You can listen to BBC Radio 5 live now on the website.

  124. 1849: 

    Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague on Twitter: "Just got to Southampton, good test today for Mauricio Pochettino. Everton one of the hardest teams to beat. At club, both excitement and expectation for fans reaction."

  125. 1848: 

    It's pretty rare in modern football that a sacking comes out of the blue and takes you by surprise, but the dismissal of Nigel Adkins caught most of us on the hop.

    The Saints go into tonight's game having lost just two of their last 12 Premier League games and sitting in 15th spot in the table with a game in hand, three points above the drop zone.

    Just last Wednesday they drew 2-2 with Chelsea. But the Adkins era is over, and it is all down to the 40-year-old Argentine Mauricio Pochettino now.

    Been practicing Saints fans? "Mauricio Pochettino's red-and-white army..."

  126. 1845: 

    Sixty seven wins from 124 games, two promotions and an improvement on the league ladder of 51 places in 26 months.

    As a managerial record, it's not too shabby.

    But it wasn't good enough for Southampton, who fired Nigel Adkins on Friday just two days after coming from 2-0 down to draw at the Champions of Europe.

    The footballing world was shocked, angry, and worst of all, disappointed. Tonight new boss Mauricio Pochettino is in action for the first time as Everton come to town.

    What sort of welcome awaits the Argentine?

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