New Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino began his Saints career on a high note, after his team gave a good performance against a difficult Everton side.

Last Friday, Southampton fans were outraged when club chairman Nicola Cortese fired Nigel Adkins, and the build-up to the game was dominated by rumours of possible revolt, but there was little in the way of protest before the game.

The Saints started brightly with Rickie Lambert's cross almost diverted into the Everton net by Phil Jagielka, before Jason Puncheon drove a shot which also deflected off the Englishman.

Everton were unable to get going in the first-half, their only real chance coming from a tame header by Necia Jelavic that Leighton Baines followed up only to be blocked.

Lambert came closest when he hit the post with a curling free-kick on the 20th minute, and he should have scored minutes later after racing into the area - only to have his shot saved by Tim Howard. Lambert continued his lively half with a header that was cleared off the line by Jelavic.

With the Saints unable to find a breakthrough, Everton started the second-half off in improved fashion, Maurane Fellaini going close on two occasions within the first six minutes.

Victor Anichebe was introduced in the 58th minute and his pace started to tell on a tiring Southampton defence, and Everton should have scored on the hour mark after the substitute burst through the defensive line, squared the ball to an unmarked Jelavic, only for the Croatian to completely miss-hit the shot.

The game ended in a 0-0 draw and was a fair result.

David Moyes said after the match: "We got better after we had a word at half-time, the chance for Nikica Jelavic was a real big chance but we are a little bit like that at the moment."

Pochettino meanwhile, praised his teams support after a tough few days.

"The players have shown me a great reception in a complex situation and taking into account we have only had three days to prepare they have done very well."

Man of the Match: Rickie Lambert  

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