An impressive five-game unbeaten run for the Toffees came to an abrupt halt following a 2-0 defeat on the south coast against Southampton.

Two strikes within the first 45 minutes were enough for the Saints to claim all 3 points from league leaders Everton, with powerful strikes from captain James Ward-Prowse and striker Che Adams finding their way into the Everton goal.

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti later expressed his displeasure in defiant, strongly-worded terms as Toffee left-back Lucas Digne was sent off following a challenge on Kyle Walker-Peters.

The sending-off only exacerbated Everton’s woes in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Southampton, with the French international now facing a three-match suspension as Everton were left to swallow their first defeat of the season.

“The red card was a joke,” Ancelotti proclaimed as he spoke to BBC Sport.

“Maybe the fact that there was a lot of talk all week about Pickford and Richarlison against Liverpool affected the decision.

“We will appeal, to lose a player like Digne for three games like this is not fair.”

There is a fact that Evertonians can take comfort in. One consolation is that they remain at the top of the Premier League on goal difference, with current champions and local rivals Liverpool being the only other team to match the Toffee’s record of 13 points claimed out of a possible 18.

Although the result was ultimately a disappointment for fans of Ancelotti’s men, there was plenty to unpack. Football fans took to Twitter to have their say…

Some fans were evidently bemused with the result…

Can Everton push on despite the poor result?