Ronald Koeman made his first return to St. Mary’s since his controversial move to Merseyside over the summer and it wasn’t the happiest as his former club were comfortable winners in Sunday’s late kick-off.
Saints manager Claude Puel, who saw his side put in a poor performance in the Europa League against Sparta Prague on Thursday, handed a debut to academy graduate, Josh Sims with both Dusan Tadic and Sofiane Boufal missing from the squad.
Charlie Austin got the hosts off to a fantastic start heading home from point-blank range with just 41 seconds on the clock, with debutant Josh Sims getting the assist.
The rest of the first half, however, failed to live up to it’s opening seconds as, spare a few chances for either side, the game flattened.
Into the second half and it was still very much the same story, Southampton largely dominated and really should have added to their tally if it weren’t for Maarten Stekelenburg’s heroics or James Ward-Prowse’s poor touch in front of goal.
The result takes Saints back into the top half of the Premier League just two points off from the Toffees. Here are FIVE things we learnt from the clash…