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Reading 0 - 2 Southampton

Nigel Adkins' new side Reading FC played host to his former team Southampton FC at the Madejski Stadium. The Saints beat the Royals 2 - 0.

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Southampton's Ramirez gives his shirt to young fan

Southampton's Ramirez gives his shirt to a young fan Credit: PA Wire

Everton went ahead in the ninth minute when Seamus Coleman burst into the area and finished with a powerful strike.

Saints substitute Gaston Ramirez equalised in the 71st minute, beating Toffees goalkeeper Joel Robles, who it appeared should have done better in his attempt to save the effort, with a shot from distance.

The three points mean Roberto Martinez's side are - for a few hours at least - up a place to fourth in the table, while Southampton remain ninth.



Saints target back-to-back wins

After ending a six-game winless run with a comprehensive victory at Cardiff on Boxing Day - Southampton look to build upon that form at Everton tomorrow.

The Saints must buck a trend to get a result - they have only won one of 14 previous Barclays Premier League trips to Goodison Park.

After he struck twice at Cardiff Jay Rodriguez is the man the Everton defence will be primed to stop - he has scored seven goals in his last ten Premier League games, with five of the last six coming away from home.

And Rodriguez won't be up against Tim Howard in goal. The keeper is suspended - having missed only two Premier League games for Everton since 2007.

Saints 'won't get distracted by European qualifications'

Mauricio Pochettino is preparing Saints for Stoke this weekend Credit: Press Association Images

Despite Southampton being fifth in the Premier League and starting the season on a high, manager Mauricio Pochettino is not letting his players get distracted with thoughts of the European qualifications.

Saints moved into third place, even if it was for a few hours, last weekend after beating Fulham at St Mary's.

They are just 4 points off leaders Arsenal and the idea of making the European qualification is a possibility.

But Pochettino is adamant his side will remain focused.

He said, "We always aim to maintain the same focus in training and training with the same intensity, so we just want to keep on training hard.

"It's clear that when you win you get a good atmosphere within the team and the club which is a very good thing, but we need to stay grounded and keep on training hard and looking ahead to the next game."

The team are preparing to play Stoke this weekend, which Pochettino expects to be a 'difficult and tough.'

He said, "We expect a very tough and physical game. On average, Stoke have the tallest team in the league."

Pochettino praises Southampton as they win again

Southampton manger Mauricio Pochettino during the Barclays Premier League match at St Marys, Credit: Clive Gee/PA Wire

It was the latest of several impressive performances from the Saints skipper, who manager Pochettino believes could well be next in line to represent England.

"I'm very happy for Adam," he said of Lallana, who was called up for England's World Cup qualifier with Ukraine in September 2012 but did not play.

Southampton's Adam Lallana (centre) celebrates with his team mates after scoring the opening goal of the game Credit: Clive Gee/PA Wore

"He's a great bloke and a great professional and he's very passionate about this club, about Southampton, so I'm happy for him.

Southampton's Jay Rodriguez (right) is congratulated by Southampton's Danny Fox (left) after scoring his sides second goal of the game Credit: Clive Gee/PA Wire

Pochettino also heaped praise on goalkeeper Artur Boruc, who pulled off a string of fine saves as Southampton recorded a fifth clean sheet of the season.

Swansea's Angel Rangel (left) and Southampton's Steven Davis battle for the ball Credit: Clive Gee/PA Wire

"He was incredible," Southampton boss Pochettino said of the Poland international. "He did ever so well, but it just shows we have full trust in his performances and his skill, and also in our other keepers.

Three wins in a row for Southampton

Having risen up the leagues to lead the line for his country, Lambert's heroics for the Three Lions have captured the nation's heart.

The 31-year-old has not yet managed to produce the same form for Saints, who are flying high after claiming three wins on the trot. The latest came against Swansea on Sunday, with captain Lallana opening the scoring in a hard-fought, and somewhat fortuitous, 2-0 win at St Mary's.

It was the latest of several impressive performances from the Saints skipper, who manager Pochettino believes could well be next in line to represent England.

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