Hughes Backs Southampton To Fire At Struggling Swansea

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Everton have no such worries but fans still have their concerns over their manager, highlighted by the Gwladys Street End chanting "F*** off Sam Allardyce". A deflected goal helped Everton steal a point at the brink, as Southampton miss a golden opportunity in the battle for Premier League survival.

Mark Hughes' side looked to be heading for a precious win which would have moved them into 16th spot, two points clear of the drop-zone.

Everton were held to a 1-1 draw with Southampton at Goodison Park on Saturday evening and fans were delighted with the performance of one of their fringe men.

"I thought we were bad". What did I have, eight games?

Substitute Nathan Redmond's first goal in nearly a year appeared to have put the fight very much back in Saints' hands as it would have left them needing a win at fellow strugglers Swansea on Tuesday to guarantee safety.

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Nathan Redmond scored Southampton's goal in the 1-1 draw at Everton on Saturday.

Midfielder Mario Lemina could miss out, too, after injuring a hamstring, and Steven Davies continues to battle an Achilles injury.

Allardyce's side failed to test Alex McCarthy in the relegation-threatened Saints' net until Tom Davies' deflected strike in the sixth minute of added time.

Oumar Niasse was used as a second-half substitute and Everton supporters believed he was their best player on the pitch, despite having only been on the field for 30 minutes. "We've got a huge game very quickly and we can't feel sorry for ourselves", Hughes told Southampton's website. "I think I came in and made an impact with a group which is really strong at the moment", the manager added.