Everton 2 Brighton 0: Cenk Tosun bags first Goodison Park goal to ease pressure on Sam Allardyce as Knockaert sees red for Brighton

A run of two wins from 11 top-flight matches before this game had well and truly ended Sam Allardyce's honeymoon period on Merseyside.

And after defeat at Burnley last weekend Big Sam made four changes with Wayne Rooney back in the starting line-up in a three man attacking midfield, Yannick Bolasie and Phil Jagielka back from injury and Leighton Baines starting his first match since suffering a calf injury against Southampton in November.

It was a move that paid off with Albion, the in-form team after an unbeaten run of seven league and cup games earned Chris Hughton the manager of the month award, stifled for much of the match.

The Toffees were the brightest from the start, Seamus Coleman shooting straight in front of goal as early as the third minute before setting up Theo Walcott seconds later only for the former Arsenal star to shoot wide.

Bolasie thought he had put Everton ahead on the 21st minute when he got a toe to the ball only fo his effort to be wasted.

But Everton were finally rewarded for their efforts on the 61st minute when a loose pass from Anthony Knockaert was intercepted and a swinging ball from Bolasie found Walcott. He put the pressure on Bong who fired into the back of his own net.

Then on the 76th minute Baines and Cenk Tosun linked up before Tosun rifled the ball past the Albion keeper for his second goal in as many matches.

And to make matters worse for the visitors, with in-form striker Glenn Murray having just one shot when he was set up by Dunk, Knockaert was then sent off fo a two-footed lunge on Baines.

For Allardyce it was relief to be back on home turf. His team have now won 23 points of 30 available at Goodison Park.



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