(Reuters) -Brighton & Hove Albion kicked off the brand new yr with a hard-fought 3-2 Premier League victory at Everton on Sunday, with two targets from Alexis Mac Allister and one from Dan Burn.
It was Brighton’s first win at Goodison Park in any competitors and the consequence lifted them to eighth within the desk with 27 factors after 19 matches.
Everton, who had been sluggish on their return to motion after 17 days following COVID-related match postponements, stay fifteenth following an eighth defeat of their final 12 league video games.
“Brilliant. It has been a implausible week for us,” Brighton supervisor Graham Potter instructed the BBC. “We took the lead, deservedly so. We needed to dig in and defend after which scored some good targets. Delighted for the gamers.
“Mac Allister has needed to be affected person. He’s needed to assist the group from the edges. I believed it was a implausible efficiency from him.”
Brighton took the lead within the third minute when Mac Allister completed off a superb group transfer with a first-time shot previous Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
In the twenty first minute, centre-back Burn, unmarked at the again put up, nodded in Enock Mwepu’s flick-on from a free-kick.
Everton had been thrown a lifeline 4 minutes later when a foul by Mwepu on Anthony Gordon led to a penalty, however Dominic Calvert-Lewin clipped the crossbar from the spot in his first look since August following an damage layoff.
The hosts had been greeted with a refrain of boos from followers at the half-time whistle, however put up an improved efficiency within the second half.
Gordon, 20, pulled one again for Everton within the 53rd minute, reducing inside from the best and firing a left-footed shot that took an enormous deflection off Brighton’s Adam Lallana.
Mac Allister restored Brighton’s two-goal lead within the 71st minute with a volley from exterior the penalty space. Gordon added a second aim shortly afterwards however Everton couldn’t flip the match round as boos rang out once more for Rafa Benitez’s aspect.
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Alexander Smith)