Fine brace from Richarlison seals win

By Michael Kenrick 03/11/2018 0comments  |  Jump to last
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With Kurt Zouma ineligible to play at Chelsea next weekend, Silva says Yerry Mina will be ready for the trip to Stamford Bridge without starting today
Everton 3 - 1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Three excellent goals, two from Richarlison and one from Coleman, sealed the win over a resistant Seagulls side.

Yerry Mina remained on the bench until the final minute, Richarlison rising to the challenged and finally delivering from his unaccustomed role at centre-forward. Shane Duffy was stalwart in defence for the visitors, who kicked off and moved the ball about zippily, Everton less so, with some unforced turnovers.

A fine move down the right, and layback from Coleman set up Gylfi Sigurdsson for a fine finish that burst the net... except it didn't — a dreadful touch by the Icelander squandering a guilt-edged chance to put this game on the right track, an unbelievable mishit.

Everton perhaps realised they should be doing better and tried to build but Richarlison was tapped by Dunk who saw a very early yellow card.

Another fine move, this time down the left, saw a fine cross that picked out Sigurdsson again, but his shot under pressure hit the side-netting when it looked easier to score.

Richarlison turned his ankle overstretching to try and keep the ball in play, he tried to play on but then went down for treatment, eventually coming back on.

Walcott had a fine run into the area but his cross was blocked behind. From the corner, Digne picked out Zouma who really should have done far better than heading it wide. Brighton had a free-kick that was competently defended.

Everton pushed and probed, winning another corner that Duffy cleared strongly. Bernard exchanged passes with Richarlison, back to goal, ineffective and unable to turn; no chance ensuing.

Brighton won their frst corner that was floated in hig, Zouma releasing Sigurdsson, for a fantastic break down the left, he exchanged crisp pases with Bernard before playing in Richarlison who finished brilliantly into the roof of the net. Much better!

The fans wanted a penalty when Digne went down but it was questionable. Another corner, again met by Duffy as Brighton come under pressure. Digne swapped sides but played an overhit forward ball to nowhere.

Another Brighton corner, recycled well, and a very good ball to the back post, over Zouma, headed in by Dunk to level the score, pIckford with no chance to stop it.

Richarlison picked the ball up, turned and ran on goal but his shot going wide was blocked behind as Bernard was deemed to have fouled, running into a defender.

Digne went on a run and decided to shoot rather than cross, a horrible choice, lashing it high and well wide. Walcott looked to be playing a little more brightly but was blown for offside.

A good spell of Everton pressure saw the ball pinging around the Brighton area without creating a clear chance and, on the counter, they won another corner that went all the way back to Ryan.

Despite getting more possession, it was Brighton who finished the half with a free-kick that Keane headed away.

A fine cross from Coleman after the break initiates an unbelievable spell of play, Gueye hitting the post, Bernard putting it back in the mix where Walcott blazes wide at the far post from point-blank range. Another horrible miss.

In the next spell of pressure, with nothing really on, Coleman fires a lovely dazy cutter drilled into the far corner off a half-assist from Gomes, his first goal in over 18 months since that horrible leg-break, and what a celebration!

Some great attacking play dominated by pinpoint passes from Gomes won a corner that Digne swung in well but cleared at the near post. Everton continued to press but Bernard was too easily dispossessed by Bong. Bernard put in a great ball to Walcott but, with first touch lacking, it bounced back off him.

Gana won a soft free-kick that Sigurdsson put on Keane's head but too much contact saw it fly wide. Richarlison pressure won another corner flicked across brilliantly at the near post by Richarlison. A free-kick from the left was lashed goalward by Sigurdsson but blocked.

Richarlison flung himself to the ground when touched by Dunk but the free-kick, played short, failed to develop any threat. Gomes kept driving Everton forward, a third goal very much required but the big men in Brighton's defence making it hard, and Barnard was the first to be switched out by Silva, with Ademola Looking getting 25 mins, but the corner kick was powered over everyone.

Good play on the left saw Sigurdsson almost play in Richarlison. After trying down the left, Everton probed down the right, winning a free-kick that Digne put to the far post where Ryan collected.

Richarlis leapt onto a poor backpass, cleverly beating a defender and carrying it wide around Ryan and finishing cleanly to finally give Everton the lead their play deserved.

Pickford had to react to a snap-shot from Duffy, who then got whipped out by his teammate Bong. Yerry Mina finally got his Everton debut, coming on for the final minute plus four added.

Everton played out the game confidently to secure the points and consolidate their place in the upper half of the Premier League table.

Scorers:Richarlison (26', 77'), Coleman (48'); Dunk (33')

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne, Gueye, Gomes, Sigurdsson (89' Mina), Bernard (68' Lookman), Walcott (85' Calvert-Lewin), Richarlison
Subs not Used: Stekelenburg, Baines, Davies, Tosun

Brighton & Hove Albion: Ryan, Saltor, Duffy, Dunk [Y:10'], Bong, Jahanbakhsh, Stephens, Kayal (79' Andone) , Izquierdo (63' Knockaert), March (70' Bissouma), Murray.
Subs not Used: Locadia, Balogun, Steele, Bernardo.

Referee: David Coote

Attendance: 38,966




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