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Saints deserved win but red card was a joke, says Everton's Carlo Ancelotti

PREMIER LEAGUE By Reuters | October 26th 2020
Everton's Lucas Digne, centre, is shown a red card by the referee after a foul on Southampton's Kyle Walker-Peters during an English Premier League soccer match between Southampton and Everton at the St. Mary's Stadium in Southampton, England, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. [AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool]

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti was humble in defeat after losing their unbeaten Premier League start in Sunday's 2-0 loss at Southampton but complained that Lucas Digne did not deserve to be sent off for an accidental foul.

Southampton beat league leaders Everton 2-0 at St Mary's Stadium with goals from James Ward-Prowse and Che Adams as Ancelotti's side were blunted for the first time in all competitions this season.

"We didn't play well, Southampton were better than us and they deserved to win," Ancelotti told Sky Sports.

"Sometimes you are not at your best, it came after a really good run for us. Now we have to look forward with the same spirit and belief. We tried to get back into the game, we had some good control after half time."

However, as Everton tried to get a foothold in the game, their problems were compounded when Digne received his marching orders for a stamp on Kyle Walker-Peters with about 20 minutes left on the clock.

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti and Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl after the match. [Pool via REUTERS/Andy Rain]

Ancelotti confirmed Everton would appeal the decision but said Jordan Pickford escaping punishment for a potential season-ending tackle on Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk may have influenced the decision to punish them.

"The red card was a joke, it was not intentional. Maybe it was a yellow, for sure it was not violent conduct," Ancelotti said.

"Maybe all this talk all week against Pickford, against Richarlison (who was sent off against Liverpool), affected the decision and if so it's not right, it's not fair."

Ancelotti also fired a stark warning to his squad with tough fixtures on the horizon.

"I told the players winter is coming and we will have to react," he added.

Southampton's James Ward-Prowse, top, celebrates with Southampton's Danny Ings after scoring his side's opening goal during an English Premier League soccer match between Southampton and Everton at the St. Mary's Stadium in Southampton, England, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. [Andy Rain/Pool via AP]
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