Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Socer: Allardyce expects confident Bolasie to add balance to Everton

Socer: Allardyce expects confident Bolasie to add balance to Everton

The hosts took the lead on the hour mark through Gaetan Bong's own-goal before Cenk Tosun smashed in a shot off the bar in the 76th minute, the striker's second goal in as many games.

Rooney played in a deep-lying role and enjoyed plenty of time on the ball, with Cenk Tosun doubling the Toffees' lead before the former England global saw his spot-kick saved by Mat Ryan. For me my job is not what about everybody else says, it's about what I think internally, when he's ready.

"He's settled down. It was: 'Why did you buy him?" "His passes were the reason we were so fluid I felt in the fist half and then again the second half".

"It will be a memory that I cherish, but across the ball we weren't good enough in the game for long enough period".

FT. Clean sheet + two goals = three points.

Knockaert was straight off for a two-footed lunge on Leighton Baines, and his tackle produced an angry response from the returning full-back and Toffees defender Seamus Coleman after Baines' three month lay off with a calf strain. "Of course I will, but I've got no complaints", said Hughton. Brighton, who had Anthony Knockaert sent off for a unsafe tackle, dropped to 11th after a first defeat in eight in all competitions, now below Everton, whose ninth Premier League home win of the season lifted them to ninth.

And of the Seagulls' performance, he said: "I was surprised, particularly with the form we have been in".

"At half-time, having not played well, we were still very much in the game".

"That's two in two now and we saw the type of finish he delivered for us at the right time because going into the final stage of the game just 1-0 up can be nervous".

The result lifted Everton up to ninth, while Brighton - who sit 11th - still have some work to do to pull away from relegation trouble.

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