Everton 3-1 Brighton: Richarlison nets brace while Seamus Coleman scores first goal since January 2017 as Marco Silva’s side ease aside visitors
- Brazilian striker Richarlison netted a brace as Marco Silva’s side eased aside Brighton at Goodison Park
- Chris Hughton’s spirited visitors were briefly level when defender Lewis Dunk converted to make it 1-1
- Everton continued to stick to their plan and they got their rewards when Seamus Coleman finished smartly
- It was the full-back’s first goal for the Toffees since January 2017 and it proved a vital finish to win the game
The look on Lewis Dunk’s face said everything. Of all the moments and all the places to make a mistake, why here and why now?
With Brighton trying to find a way back into the game, Dunk inexplicably rolled into a pass without looking into an area of danger.
He knew immediately that danger loomed; he also knew that someone hoping to impress the England head coach should not be guilty of such an error.
Brazilian forward Richarlison scored in each half as Everton comfortably dispatched Brighton at Goodison Park on Saturday
The striker started as the Toffees’ No 9 in the absence of Cenk Tosun and he showed his clinical edge by scoring two goals
His pace caused havoc for the Seagulls’ defenders and he opened the scoring midway through the first half with a smart strike
He then capped off the win with his second, Everton’s third, and he was mobbed by team-mates in the corner as fans cheered
Seamus Coleman scored the other goal for the hosts as he converted impressively from the edge of the area past Mat Ryan
It was Coleman’s first goal for the Toffees’ since January 2017 and he did not hold back in the celebrations as he made it 2-1
One man’s misery, however, is another man’s medicine and as soon as the ball had left Dunk’s foot, Richarlison was away, going through gears like a big cat on the scent of prey.
Once he locked onto the target, there was only going to be one outcome.
Richarlison is quickly establishing himself as the new darling of Goodison Park and here the bond strengthened further. Off he went, slaloming around Shane Duffy and dummying Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan to score his second of the afternoon and secure three points for Everton.
It was a super goal and wholly in keeping with the way Marco Silva’s side attacked all afternoon. If they play with this kind of verve from this point on, match days at this old stadium will become fun once more. Everton might have their faults but when it clicks they know how to play.
Brighton did manage to have Jordan Pickford collecting the ball from the back of his net when Lewis Dunk headed home
Kurt Zouma was beaten in the air and the game was in the balance at that stage when Dunk equalised to make it 1-1 apiece
Brighton have been in good form of late and travelled to the Merseyside full of confidence and the goal helped lift them
Everton dominated the opening exchanges and could have been two goals up within the first 10 minutes but Gylfi Sigurdsson’s range was completely out, as he scuffed one opportunity inside the penalty area then fired into the side-netting after good work by Lucas Digne.
The way they started gave you the impression that it was game they would dominate and with Michael Keane catching the eye in the heart of the defence – timely given that Southgate was in the stands – Brighton struggled to go the early pace.
It came as no surprise, then, that Everton broke the deadlock with a fine goal. From a Brighton corner, Sigurdsson scuttled up field, exchanged passes with Bernard on the left flank, before threading a ball into Richarlison and the Brazilian did the rest, fizzing a drive past Mat Ryan.
Such was the home crowd’s appreciation for the strike – Richarlison’s fifth of the campaign – there was an extra round of applause as it was replayed on the giant screen in the corner of the stadium. If that was sublime, though, the cheap way they squandered their advantage was ridiculous.
MATCH FACTS, LEAGUE TABLE AND MATCH ZONE
Everton (4-2-3-1): Pickford 6; Coleman 7, Keane 7.5, Zouma 6.5, Digne 6.5; Gueye 7, Gomes 8; Walcott 6 (Calvert-Lewin 85), Sigurdsson 7 (Mina 90), Bernard 6.5 (Lookman 68); Richarlison 8.5
Subs not used: Stekelenburg (GK), Baines, Tosun, Davies
Goals: Richarlison (26, 77), Coleman (50)
Manager: Marco Silva 7
Brighton (4-4-1-1): Ryan 7; Bruno 6, Duffy 6, Dunk 5.5, Bong 5; Jahanbaksh 5, Stephens 6, Kayal 6 (Andone 78), Izquierdo 6 (Knockaert 63); March 6.5 (Bissouma 70); Murray 6
Subs not used: Steele (GK), Locadia, Balogun, Bernardo
Goals: Dunk (33)
Manager: Chris Hughton 6
Referee: David Coote 7
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Richarlison’s opening goal came after a well-worked move down the left wing. Find out more stats in our dedicated MATCH ZONE right here.
Everton boss Marco Silva wanted his players to stick to the game-plan despite the equaliser acting as a first half set-back
Chris Hughton, who has been nominated for October’s Manager of the Month award, remained unhappy despite Dunk’s goal
Diminutive attacking midfielder Bernard has impressed since he has established a starting berth in the team in recent weeks
Another Brighton corner caused the problem. Everton were too slow to react as a short pass was ushered to Solly March and his hanging cross in the area enabled Dunk to outjump Kurt Zouma and plant a header past the exposed Jordan Pickford.
Conceding such avoidable goals will be the thing that holds Everton’s progress back – they have only kept two clean sheets so far – but the one aspect they have in their favour is they always look like scoring now and so it proved in the early stages of the second period.
Silva’s words during the interval must have been sharp as Everton hurtled out of the blocks; Idrissa Gueye struck the base of the post with fierce left foot shot in the 47th minute and Theo Walcott failed to get on the end of Bernard’s cutback from the follow up.
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is in a rich vein of form and despite losing his clean sheet he put in a commanding display
Everton were quick out of the blocks in the second half after some no doubt strong words from Silva at the half-time interval
Brighton were put under pressure from crosses but they largely got the better of the aerial duals as Theo Walcott went close
No matter; three minutes later and they had the lead once more. Coleman’s strike raced past Ryan from 25 yards but the captain will be well aware of the role Andre Gomes played, as the Portuguese’s constant harrying of Beram Kayal carved out the opening.
Coleman had come in for criticism following his performance at Manchester United last Sunday and there was a fair slice of attitude in his celebration, as raced towards the Gwladys Street stand with his hand cupped behind his ear.
However aggrieved Coleman felt, his goal broke Brighton’s resistance and they were seen off once and for all when Richarlison, with a littler assistance from the hapless Dunk, provided the grand finale.
Prior to kick-off, Everton chairman Bill Kenwright (L) and owner Farhad Moshiri laid a wreath for the Leicester helicopter crash
Both sides observed a minutes silence for victims of the helicopter crash and also to mark upcoming Remembrance Sunday
The Leicester tributes poured in across the country as Brighton midfielder Anthony Knockaert had a tribute on his jacket
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