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FIVE KEY MOMENTS: EVERTON

11 March 2018

Paul Hazelwood
Maty Ryan celebrates his penalty save against Wayne Rooney at Goodison Park.

Brighton & Hove Albion fell to a 2-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon, after Gaetan Bong's own goal and Cenk Tosun's strike.

The loss brought an end to the side’s seven game unbeaten run across all competitions, and we’ve picked out five key moments from the contest on Merseyside.

UNFORTUNATE OPENER  

Having defended resolutely for the opening 60 minutes of the contest, the way in which the Seagulls conceded the opening goal disappointed both the boss and defender Shane Duffy.

Both the Irishman and central defensive partner Lewis Dunk had acquitted themselves well in the first half and the start of the second, but Theo Walcott strayed in at the back post and saw a deflected effort scruffily find the net via Bong to give the home side the lead.

DECISIVE SECOND

Tosun doubled the home side’s advantage soon after when he took aim and fired fiercely in off the crossbar. 

It was the second goal in as many matches for the Turkish forward having found the net away to Burnley seven days previously, and there was little Maty Ryan could do in the away goal as the effort cannoned in off the woodwork. 

DISMISSAL 

Albion’s hopes of a way back into the contest when Anthony Knockaert was shown a red card by referee Roger East ten minutes from time. 

The Frenchman’s challenge on Leighton Baines saw the midfielder dismissed and now means he will serve a three-match suspension as a result.

MORE SPOT-KICK JOY

Just as he did exactly a month ago away to Stoke City, Maty Ryan saved a late penalty away from home.

This time England’s all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney was thwarted, as the Australian produced a strong dive to his right-hand side to palm away the effort and keep the score at 2-0.

CHANCES AT A PREMIUM 

Glenn Murray fashioned the first chance of the afternoon for the visitors after 25 minutes at Goodison Park, turning smartly and firing towards goal.

It needed a strong hand from Jordan Pickford to parry the ball into the air, before the England international grateful gathered the ball at the second attempt.

But aside from the opening midway through the first half and a glancing header in the closing stages of the first period, the in-form striker found chances limited on a frustrating afternoon for the Seagulls.


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