On-loan Liverpool striker dumps Everton out of Carabao Cup

Cedric Soares struck to dump out Everton on penalties and spare boss Mark Hughes’ blushes after a touchline mix-up.

On-loan Liverpool forward Danny Ings continued his superb start to his Southampton career with his fourth goal this term to open the scoring.

But Everton pushed in the second half for an equaliser and were rewarded five minutes from time when Theo Walcott notched his third of the season.

With the tie heading to penalties boss Hughes ordered Charlie Austin and James Ward-Prowse to strip off on the touchline to come on and take spot kicks.

But he failed to act quickly enough and referee Chris Kavanagh blew for full-time before the pair could be rushed on.

Leighton Baines, Cenk Tosun both netted for Everton who went first in the shoot-out before record signing £40million signing Richarlison blazed over.

Ings, Steve Davies and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored for the visitors to put them ahead.

Kurt Zouma scored before Matt Targett was denied by Maarten Stekelenburg, but then Walcott was thwarted and Soares set-up a trip to Leicester in the fourth round at the end of the month.

It was third time lucky for ex-Toffees striker Hughes on his latest trip with Southampton to Goodison Park in his brief reign since taking charge in March.

But Everton’s wait for their first trophy since the 1995 FA Cup goes on – to the annoyance of the home fans.

Both sides freshened up their line-ups with Everton making seven changes and Southampton six.

Ings tested Stekelenburg who did well to come out quickly and block.

Everton nearly took the lead in the 21 minute but Gunn, making his second start, did well to palm away Bernard’s left-foot effort from the top of the box.

Everton grew into the game with widemen Bernard and Ademola Lookman cutting inside to good effect

But Southampton closed out the half the stronger as Manolo Gabbiadini volleyed wide at the back post from Mario Lemina’s chipped ball.

Then the lively Nathan Redmond drove a low shot against the near post from a tight angle.

They went in ahead at the interval thanks to a cool low right-foot finish from Ings 14 yards out from a Redmond pass.

Everton responded by throwing on striker Oumar Niasse at the break and later record signing Richarlison too.

Lookman had a clear chance in the 67 minute but Gunn was superbly off his line to make himself big and make the block.

Replacement Richarlison appealed for penalty when he went down but VAR dismissed it.

Everton finished pushing for a leveller and finally made the breakthrough five minutes from time when Niasse released fellow sub Walcott to slot in a low right-foot finish but he had less luck in the shoot-out.

MATCH RATINGS – By James Nursey

Everton: Stekelenburg 6; Kenny 6, Keane 6, Zouma 6, Baines 6; Schneiderlin 6 Booked (Walcott 79, 7), Davies 6; Bernard 7, Lookman 7 (Richarlison 60, 6), Dowell 6 (Niasse 45, 7), Tosun 6.

Southampton: Gunn 8, Stephens 7, Yoshida 7, Bednarek 7; Soares 7, Lemina 7, Hojbjerg 7; Targett 6; Redmond 7, Gabbiadini 6 (Davis 73,6); Ings 7.

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

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