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Everton know they need a major slip-up from Arsenal if they are to qualify for the Champions League next season, after they lost 2-0 to Southampton in Saturday's early match.
The defeat was partly of the Toffees' own making, as first-half own goals from Antolin Alcaraz in the first minute and Seamus Coleman in the 31st consigned the side to defeat. Everton were denied what appeared to be a strong penalty shout after Dejan Lovren brought down Leon Osman, as Mauricio Pochettino took full advantage of some good fortune.
The visitors could hardly have too many complaints, however, as the Saints continued to impress in the second half on the way to three points that effectively secures a top-eight finish this season.
Everton, meanwhile, remain a point behind Arsenal with just two games remaining. The Gunners also have a game in hand on the Toffees, and they face Newcastle United at the Emirates on Monday.
Afterwards, Everton boss Roberto Martinez told BT Sport (h/t Daily Mail):
I think it's quite clear the two goals we gave away were very, very rare to see in a game. From that point on, we got a affected a little bit. We got a bit frustrated, we weren't our normal selves.
Everything that could have gone wrong defensively, it did, and it was very difficult from that point on.
Not at all, from our point of view it doesn't change at all. We have had eight wins in 10 games, that's a phenomenal return and allows us to go into the next two games trying to get maximum points.
We are working towards the biggest points tally that we can get and at the end of the season, we will see where that takes us.
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