David Moyes’ side remain three points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea in second place as visiting boss Nigel Adkins was brought back down to Earth after the Saints broke their winning duck with a superb victory at home to Aston Villa last week.
The Toffees will be overjoyed that they will be entering October near the top-flight summit but will have to defend better than they did in the first six minutes of the game if they want to remain there as they gifted the visitors a shock early lead.
Having made his debut seven days prior Southampton’s £12 million record signing Gaston Ramirez notched his first goal for the South Coast club after being offered the freedom of Merseyside to head home Adam Lallana’s corrner. An immediate riposte came from Johnny Heitinga heading straight at Paulo Gazzaniga before Jay Rodriguez wasted a good chance to double his sides lead, flashing his effort across the six-yard box.
It proved costly as Everton shifted up through the gears and Leon Osman equalised in the 25th minute , lashing home from close range after the Saints defence failed to deal with Kevin Mirallas’ cross. Jelavic then struck his first of the afternoon seven minutes later finishing from an acute angle after being played in by Mirallas.
The Croatian striker then headed home his second, despite the best efforts of Gazzaniga to keep it out, and securing a sixth win in seven home league games for the Toffees. The away side rallied after the break going close through Ramirez and then Rickie Lambert but almost fell further behind but Fellaini’s header hit the bar while Osman and Mirallas wasted chances.