Ralph Hasenhuttl’s boys Southampton, ended Everton’s unbeaten start to the season as goals from Che Adams and James Ward-Prowse sealed a 2-0 win against the Premier League leaders last weekend.
Everton had gone more than 7 games without defeat in all competitions this term, but they paid the price for a drowsy display at St Marys’.
Everton defender Lucas Digne was sent off for a dangerous challenge on Kyle Walker-Peters in the second half despite his claims he sprawled when he stood on the Southampton defender’s heel.
Without the suspended Richarlison and injured Coleman after the stormy Merseyside derby the previous weekend at Goodson Park, Everton lacked the drive and quality that had been the hallmark of their strong start to the campaign.
They remain above champions Liverpool on goal difference with 13 points after a result that should serve as a reality check. The Soton have now only lost twice in 13 league matches and climbed within three points of first place.