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2017/2018 English Premier League
  • GaĆ«tan Bong (60' OG)
  • Cenk Tosun (76')
  • Anthony Knockaert (80')

Everton enjoy home comforts by easing to victory over Brighton

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Everton 2-0 Brighton: Tosun's first Goodison goal (2:57)

Everton ended Brighton's strong run of form, as Cenk Tosun scored his first home goal for the Toffees. (2:57)

Everton registered a third successive victory at Goodison Park by beating Brighton 2-0.

The Toffees took the lead on the hour through Gaetan Bong's own goal and Cenk Tosun then cracked a shot in off the bar in the 76th minute, his second goal in two games.

Brighton were reduced to 10 men four minutes later as Anthony Knockaert was given a straight red card for a wild tackle on Leighton Baines.

Wayne Rooney had the chance to make it 3-0 with an 88th-minute penalty, but Mathew Ryan saved the spot-kick.

Everton are up to ninth in the Premier League, while Brighton -- with their five-match unbeaten run in the top-flight now over -- drop a place to 11th, still seven points above the relegation zone.

Everton went into the contest having lost at Burnley and Watford in their previous two games and with boss Sam Allardyce under scrutiny.

Their form on the road has been a major concern, with five successive defeats in the league, but they had won their last two home matches and started this one brightly.

Seamus Coleman sent the ball across the face of goal and wide in the fourth minute, Phil Jagielka's header was caught by Ryan and Yannick Bolasie then curled a shot off-target.

Everton were winning plenty of corners and it was from one, delivered by Gylfi Sigurdsson in the 22nd minute, that Bolasie got a foot to the ball at the far post, but he could only divert it into the side netting.

Brighton's first attempt on goal, three minutes later, saw Glenn Murray unleash a firm shot that Jordan Pickford blocked.

Everton were soon back to bossing possession but struggled to find the same intensity.

Ryan parried a Sigurdsson cross-shot on the half-hour, with Bolasie shooting over on the follow up and then the latter misdirected a header from a good position.

Brighton, who had produced some decent defensive work, tried their luck early in the second half as Pascal Gross drilled wide, and the recalled Rooney saw a shot deflect wide off ex-Everton man Shane Duffy.

The hosts then made the breakthrough as Bolasie sent a fine delivery into the box, aimed at Theo Walcott, and saw it go in off Bong's leg.

After Walcott had to come off injured, with Dominic Calevert-Lewin replacing him, Tosun doubled the advantage as he collected the ball from Baines and fired home.

Things got worse for Brighton as Knockaert was dismissed for his lunge on Baines, and referee Roger East pointed to the spot when Duffy brought down Calvert-Lewin.

Ryan, who also saved a Charlie Adam penalty last month, kept Rooney's effort out by diving to his right but that was scant consolation for the Seagulls.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 34 +73 90
2 Manchester United 34 +39 74
3 Liverpool 35 +43 71
4 Tottenham Hotspur 34 +35 68
5 Chelsea 34 +25 63
6 Arsenal 34 +20 57
7 Burnley 35 +3 53
8 Everton 35 -14 45
9 Leicester City 34 +2 44
10 Newcastle United 34 -8 41
11 AFC Bournemouth 35 -17 38
12 Watford 35 -18 38
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 34 -15 36
14 Crystal Palace 35 -18 35
15 West Ham United 34 -21 35
16 Huddersfield Town 34 -27 35
17 Swansea City 34 -24 33
18 Southampton 34 -20 29
19 Stoke City 35 -33 29
20 West Bromwich Albion 35 -25 25

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