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Summary

  1. Everton three defeats in past four league games
  2. Toffees seeking first clean sheet of 2018
  3. Brighton unbeaten in seven in all competitions
  4. Seagulls have scored just seven away goals in league

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By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Everton 2-0 Brighton

Cenk Tosun's first Goodison goal seals the points for Everton against Brighton, who finish with 10 men after Anthony Knckaert's ugly challenge on Leighton Baines.

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Everton 2-0 Brighton

Brighton's Pascal Gross is denied a goal by Jordan Pickford in the closing stages.

PENALTY SAVED

Everton 2-0 Brighton

Wayne Rooney's spot kick is brilliantly kept out by Mathew Ryan.

PENALTY TO EVERTON

Everton 2-0 Brighton

Shane Duffy brings down Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

RED CARD - ANTHONY KNOCKAERT

Everton 2-0 Brighton

Suicidal by Anthony Knockaert.

A terrible studs up challenge on Leighton Baines and Brighton are down to 10 men.

Game over.

Anthony Knockaert red card
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GOAL - Eveton 2-0 Brighton

Cenk Tosun

A first Goodison goal for Cenk Tosun!

And what a beauty.

Leighton Baines with the pass for Tosun to rifle into the roof of the net from distance with a slight deflection off Gaetan Bong.

Tosun scores for Everton
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Cenk Tosun
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SUBSTITUTION

Everton 1-0 Brighton

Oh no...

Theo Walcott's game looks over.

He's gone down with what looks like a calf injury and after treatment he slowly makes his way off the pitch to be replaced by Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

SUBSTITUTION

Everton 1-0 Brighton

Brighton need a goal and have sent on their record signing Jurgen Locadia.

He is presented with a chance with his first touch but can't find the target.

What an entrance that would have been had he scored.

Everton 1-0 Brighton

Yannick Bolasie's cross for the goal was a rare moment of quality in this match.

He has been Everton's spark.

The Toffees are back in the top half of the 'as it stands' table.

Everton 1-0 Brighton

Everton have their tails up.

What does manager of the month Chris Hughton do now?

His Brighton side have managed just seven league goals on their travels this season.

They need another or they are heading for defeat.

GOAL - Everton 1-0 Brighton

Gaetan Bong (own goal)

Just as the atmosphere was beginning to turn nasty, Everton take the lead.

It's a lovely curling delivery into the Brighton penalty area by Yannick Bolasie towards Theo Walcott but the ball flies off Gaetan Bong's shin and into the net.

It's just what the doctor ordered as far as the Toffees are concerned.

Theo Walcott scores for Everton
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Everton celebrate
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Everton 0-0 Brighton

You can sense a change in the atmosphere among the crowd.

It's very flat and as another home move breaks downs, the first grumbles from the stands can be heard.

YELLOW CARD

Everton 0-0 Brighton

Yannick Bolasie jumps into Ezequiel Schelotto after the ball runs away from the Everton forward.

Bolasie is on the ground waving an imaginary card.

Roger East promptly pulls a yellow from his pocket and show it to the Brighton man.

Everton 0-0 Brighton

The biggest cheer of the afternoon came at half-time when former Everton winger Andrei Kanchelskis was introduced to the crowd.

It's quiet inside Goodison. Everton need to win this with home matches against Manchester City and Liverpool coming up.

Sam Allardyce and Chris Hughton
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Everton 0-0 Brighton

Pascal Gross wide from 20 yards as Brighton continue their bright start to the second half.

Everton have had one counter - a move involving Theo Walcott and Tom Davies ending when the latter fell and lost possession inside the Brighton penalty area.

Everton 0-0 Brighton

Jordan Pickford takes a tumble but prevents a corner after Seamus Coleman gets it horribly wrong with an attempted back header.

KICK-OFF

Everton 0-0 Brighton

Back under way.

HALF-TIME STATS

Everton 0-0 Brighton

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HALF-TIME

Everton 0-0 Brighton

Lukewarm applause from the home fans as the teams head for the dressing rooms.

Everton have had eight efforts but only one of those has been on target.

Everton 0-0 Brighton

It will be interesting to hear the reaction of Everton fans at the end of the half.

Will it be applause for in recognition of their team's endeavour or jeers for failing to score? Or a bit of both?

Gylfi Sigurdsson
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Everton 0-0 Brighton

Yannick Bolasie goes down under a challenge by Ezequiel Schelotto inside the Brighton penalty area.

Bolasie wants a penalty but the referee is quick to wave away his appeals.

Replays show Roger East got that one spot on.

Everton 0-0 Brighton

An attempt by Wayne Rooney is well wide and triggers cheers from Brighton's travelling fans.

For all Everton's attacking intent, this is turning into a frustrating half for the home side.

Wayne Rooney
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Everton 0-0 Brighton

Another attempt at getting the ball over the top of the Brighton defence.

Lewis Dunk reads it superbly and Theo Walcott's attempt to send Cenk Tosun through is unsuccessful.

Everton 0-0 Brighton

Another Everton chance goes begging.

To be fair, Yannick Bolasie had his back to goal when his header dropped just wide of the post.

It's quiet at Goodison. A home goal will change that.

Yannick Bolasie
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Everton 0-0 Brighton

Brighton have scored just seven Premier League goals away from home this season.

Apart from Glenn Murray's attempt from outside the penalty area, they haven't looked like adding to that tally.

Everton 0-0 Brighton

Mathew Ryan is forced to beat away Gylfi Sigurdsson's deflected cross.

It falls to Yannick Bolasie but he blazes well over the bar.

Sam Allardyce will be happy with the number of chances his side has created but frustrated at the finishing.

Yannick Bolasie
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Everton 0-0 Brighton

It's been all Everton but Glenn Murray gives Jordan Pickford work to do with a shot from distance.

It's beaten away by the Toffees keeper. A reminder that for all of Everton's attacking play, they have yet to score.

CLOSE!

Everton 0-0 Brighton

Brighton are lucky to be level.

Keeper Mathew Ryan comes to meet Gylfi Sigurdsson's corner but completely misses it and the balls falls for Yannick Bolassie who sticks out a leg with the ball falling just wide of the post.

Everton 0-0 Brighton

Chris Hughton arrived at Goodison as manager of the month but his side are wobbling on Merseyside.

A delicious cross - this time from Leighton Baines - goes begging as no one in blue attacks it.

Chris Hughton
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Everton 0-0 Brighton

How long can Brighton hold out?

They're being bombarded with crosses into their box but Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy are just about doing enough to hold the defence together.

Five corners in the first 17 minutes for Everton.

Everton 0-0 Brighton

The home side earn their third corner as Gaetan Bong produces a vital interception to stop Wayne Rooney's long ball from finding Theo Walcott in the Brighton box.

Everton 0-0 Brighton

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Pretty much all Everton so far. Brighton have yet to get going.

Everton 0-0 Brighton

Beram Kayal has had an eventful start.

Having earlier been flattened by Wayne Rooney, the Brighton player is tussling with Theo Walcott inside the six-yard area as Everton prepare to take their second corner.

After both players are told to calm down by the referee, Phil Jagielka heads straight at Mathew Ryan.

Brighton have hardly ventured into Everton's half.

Beram Kayal of Brighton
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Everton 0-0 Brighton

Although Everton start this in the bottom half of the table, it should not be forgotten they have won their past two league games at home.

They've made a bright start. Seamus Coleman fizzes the ball across the six-yard area but there's no blue shirt to tuck it home.

Everton 0-0 Brighton

Welcome to Goodison!

Beram Kayal is flattened by Wayne Rooney after 90 seconds.

It earns him a lecture from Roger East but the referee keeps his cards in his pocket.

Wayne Rooney
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Everton 0-0 Brighton

No doubt about who is Brighton's biggest goal threat this afternoon.

Six of Glenn Murray's 11 Premier League goals this season have come in 2018.

The good news for Everton is that only one of those has come on the road.

KICK-OFF

Everton 0-0 Brighton

Off we go...

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Brighton's form 'down to Hughton'

Jermaine Jenas

Former Tottenham midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

I’d give all the credit to Chris Hughton for their recent form. He sets team up in a certain way and has done so from the beginning of the season until now.

They have a way of playing that has good balance, the midfielders don’t push on too far, and they always gives himself a chance in a match. They have been through a tough spell, but come through it with flying colours.

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Z-Cars time.

Here come the teams. Brighton are lining up in yellow.