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Late Dunk header denies Everton vital victory

By Layton Ryan-Parson 24 Feb 2024
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Captain scores on his 400th club appearance to rescue a point for 10-man Seagulls

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Everton were denied a first win in nine Premier League matches as Lewis Dunk scored a stoppage-time equaliser for 10-man Brighton & Hove Albion to claim.

Sean Dyche’s team had led by a well-hit Jarrad Branthwaite shot at the Amex Stadium but despite the Seagulls going down to 10 men, Dunk, on his 400th appearance for the club, guided a fine header past Jordan Pickford in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Relegation battle

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
17 Nott'm Forest NFO 33 -16 26
18 Luton LUT 33 -24 25
19 Burnley BUR 33 -35 20
20 Sheffield Utd SHU 32 -54 16
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How the match unfolded

Robert De Zerbi made two changes from the side that thrashed Sheffield United 5-0, with Igor Julio and Evan Ferguson coming in for Adam Webster and Kaoru Mitoma. As for Everton, Dyche recalled Jack Harrison, with Ashley Young dropping to the bench.

Brighton assumed control of the match, dominating possession and playing out from the back to evade Everton’s press. The Seagulls came close from a through-ball by Pascal Gross to Danny Welbeck, who could not poke the ball past an onrushing Jordan Pickford.

Welbeck had another opportunity after a midfield turnover but a brilliant sliding challenge by Ben Godfrey deflected his shot for a corner.

Everton in the first half  seemed content to soak up the pressure in the hope of catching the home team on a counter but their opportunities were few. The best came from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, whose glancing header went narrowly wide.

But in the second half Everton started as the brighter team, Abdoulaye Doucoure’s sidefoot volley beating goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen but not a fine headed goalline clearance from Tariq Lamptey, the shortest player in the league at 5ft 4in.

What had been a steady match of possession became an end-to-end affair and Everton took the lead from a set-piece. Pickford launched a ball into the box that fell to Branthwaite, who arrowed it into the top corner.

Matters went from bad to worse for Brighton as Billy Gilmour received his first career red card for a high tackle on Amadou Onana

Everton substitute Beto had a chance to double the lead but could not convert a through-ball.

Despite their man disadvantage Brighton pressed for an equaliser and Gross delivered a perfect cross from the right to allow Dunk loop a header past the outstretched hands of Pickford.

dunk goal

Brighton now have 39 points, five behind Manchester United in sixth. The point lifts Everton above Luton and out of the bottom three. 

Race for Europe

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
7 Man Utd MUN 32 -1 50
8 West Ham WHU 33 -6 48
9 Chelsea CHE 31 +9 47
10 Brighton BHA 32 +2 44
11 Wolves WOL 32 -5 43
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Key facts

Brighton are unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League home matches (W5 D6) and have both scored and conceded a goal in 15 of their last 16 fixtures at the Amex Stadium.

The home side haven’t won any of the last six Premier League meetings between Brighton and Everton (D3 L4).

Everton have failed to win any of their last nine Premier League games (D5 L4) 

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