Saints beat Everton 2 - 0 at home today after two own-goals by their rivals. Everton's hopes of a top-four finish now look remote. Already a point behind fourth-placed Arsenal, the Toffees knew a fourth successive away win was required in order to keep their charge for Champions League qualification alive.
However, first-half own goals from Antolin Alcaraz and Seamus Coleman cost Everton dear as Southampton secured a 2-0 win that saw the club equal their best ever Premier League tally of 52 points.
The visitors were fighting an uphill battle after just 53 seconds at St Mary's as a rusty-looking Alcaraz directed past goalkeeper Tim Howard, with Coleman following suit after 31 minutes to double Saints' advantage.
Everton attempted to claw their way back but few of their fans could argue with the result, which would have been worse was it not for wayward finishing and referee Michael Oliver waving away several penalty appeals.