Rafa Benitez knows his every move will be watched by the Everton fans this season but the Spaniard has kicked off his Toffees career in style thanks to a 3-1 win over Southampton.
Despite struggling to impose themselves fully in front of a packed Goodison Park, Blues fans will be delighted to pick up maximum points on Rafa’s big day back on Merseyside with a 3-1 victory over Southampton.
Both sides looked cagey as they aimed to feel each other out in the opening stages before the Saints drew first blood on 22 minutes.
Michael Keane’s absolute horror show on the edge of his own box was pounced on by Che Adams and the Scotland man slipped in Adam Armstrong for a dream debut goal.
However, despite a fairly lifeless showing before the first half whistle, Rafa’s half time message worked wonders after the break.
Richarlison continued his golden Olympic form from Tokyo as he swivelled to poke home Andros Townsend’s knockdown to drag the hosts level.
With the result still in the balance heading into the last 15 minutes, it was Everton who rolled the dice for three points.
Abdoulaye Doucoure burst through two tired Saints challenges to force the Blues in front before main man Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s nodded home in the final minutes to seal a crucial winning start for Rafa.
Full Time from Goodison Park – Everton 3-1 Southampton
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