Ward-Prowse thunderbolt paves way for Southampton victory

Southampton's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, left, vies for the ball with Everton's Idrissa Gueye during the English Premier League soccer match between Southampton and Everton at St Mary's, Southampton, England, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (Adam Davy/PA via AP)

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) James Ward-Prowse's second strike in as many Premier League matches and an own goal by Lucas Digne led Southampton to a 2-1 home victory over Everton that helped the south-coast club pull further clear of the relegation zone on Saturday.

Midfield player Ward-Prowse produced a thunderbolt effort in the 50th minute, a rising drive that left England's Jordan Pickford helpless in goal.

Southampton added a second goal 14 minutes later when Nathan Redmond went racing clear and, as left-back Digne tried to stop him, the Everton defender only succeeded in flicking the ball past a stunned Pickford.

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a late consolation for the visitors with a well-taken, side-footed finish.

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Updated January 19, 2019