Southampton-Everton Preview

Everton's ascent of the Premier League table was stalled in puzzling fashion on Boxing Day when a 10-match stretch without a loss was ended by bottom-of-the-table Sunderland at Goodison Park. It also ended the Toffees' streak of 17 home matches without a defeat, so the best they can hope for in Sunday's Merseyside meeting with Southampton is to start back at one. "We're very disappointed, but the season is August to May, not a calendar year, and we'll get over that now," Everton defender Phil Jagielka told the club's official website. Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard was shown a red card in the 23rd minute for taking down Ki Sung-Yueng, which resulted in a converted penalty, the match's only goal.

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