After their 1-5 routing of Burnley in the last match, Everton went back to losing, this time against Brighton and Hove Albion, at the Amex Stadium. The Toffees dominated the game from the word go but had to lose out to Chris Hughton’s men as Jurgen Locadia scored the only goal in the 59th minute.
The Toffees put pressure on the hosts from the word go, but the Seagulls kept defending valiantly. The goal was a scrappy one, which came off the shin of Andre Gomes from the corner kick and was dispatched into the net by Locadia. The referee first disallowed (offside) the goal but later it stood as the ball had hit an opposition player before falling to the Brighton striker.
Here is how the Everton players were rated from their defeat against Brighton.
Jordan Pickford: 6
Had a good match and made some crucial saves until the 59th minute when the ball went past him into the net.
Yerry Mina: 6
The ball-playing defender had a good time going forward but not so much while backtracking. Made a crucial interception to deny Pascal Gross.
Michael Keane: 6
Had a decent time in the heart of the defence as he coped with almost every threat that came his way. Could have done better to prevent the goal though.
Kurt Zouma: 6
Looked shaky on a number of occasions but recovered well in the second half. Was unfortunate to see his effort go off the post in the dying minutes of the match.
Seamus Coleman: 6
Made a number of good runs into the opposition half with the ball and kept pressing for the goal. Was caught off guard on a few occasions while backtracking though.
Lucas Digne: 7
Showed true grit and made a number of darting runs with the ball. Took a few knocks from the opposition players in their attempt to stop him.
Andre Gomes: 6
Not a good return to the first team for the Portuguese as he could have done better in clearing the ball in the lead up to Brighton’s goal.
Idrissa Gana Gueye: 7
Solid performance from the Senegalese international as he kept stealing the ball from the Brighton players and launched attacks into the Brighton half.
Theo Walcott: 5
Was kept quiet throughout the match by Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy.
Proved that he is not a viable replacement for Sigurdsson.
Had a somewhat disappointing outing leading the line as he could not get his shots on target most of the time.
Gylfi Sigurdsson: 6
Tried to infuse energy and guile into the game since his introduction on the pitch. Produced a breathtaking cross from a set piece in the dying minutes to find Zouma but the chance was not converted.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin: 5
Was ineffective in his short stint on the pitch.
Oumar Niasse: NA
Played too little to warrant a rating.