MATCH REPORT – Brighton 1-1 Everton

Brighton & Hove Albion nearly made it three consecutive wins at home but a late Wayne Rooney penalty managed to spoil the party as the Seagulls settled for a draw with Everton.

Everton started the game like a team in desperate need, constantly applying pressure on Brighton’s back four before their first chance of the match came after a quarter of an hour. Gylfi Sigurdsson laid the ball off to Idrissa Gueye on the edge of the area only for the midfielder to sting the palms of Seagulls ‘keeper Maty Ryan.

Brighton’s first chance of the match came from a corner that fell to Anthony Knockaert, whose lashed volley was blocked by an oncoming rush of Everton defenders before the ball fell to Lewis Dunk who saw his shot cleared away.

Everton started the second half just like they did the first, in complete control. They nearly made a breakthrough from Mason Holgate after Nikola Vlasic slipped the young defender in but his fierce volley was saved by Ryan.

Albion began to grab ahold of the ball, with their main source of distribution coming from their player of the season so far, Pascal Gross. Everton began to show their frustration, especially through Vlasic, who slipped when shooting after a neat turn in the box.

The Toffees had their best chance of the match when Wayne Rooney crossed for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, whose chest down and weak shot was easy collected by Ryan.

Then, with just under 10 minutes to go, Brighton broke the deadlock through Anthony Knockaert. The Frenchman expertly fired in from 10 yards after Gross poked the ball through to him. His celebration told an emotional story as his teammates ran to bundle him. Everton tried desperately to force an equaliser and their efforts were rewarded when Bruno elbowed Calvert-Lewin in the box. Wayne Rooney stepped up and slotted brilliantly to ensure Everton left East Sussex with a point.

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