THE BLUES ARE ROBBED AT THE AMEX
A dramatic encounter at the Amex Stadium saw Everton lose 3-2 in a highly controversial manner, leaving them hovering just above the relegation zone in 16th and meaning the search for an away win in the league since March continues.
The Blues got off to a poor start when Andre Gomes committed a sloppy foul and Brighton’s Pascal Gross smashed in the resulting free-kick on 15 minutes. But Everton were not behind for long. Five minutes later, they equalised with a Richarlison header from a corner which was adjudged to have gone in off the head of Seagulls’ centre-back Adam Webster. Everton continued to dominate Brighton but could not find a way through. But eventually on 74 minutes, centre-back Mason Holgate, in for the injured Yerry Mina, slid a through ball into substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin and the young forward tidily put the ball beyond Matthew Ryan into the back of the Brighton net, giving Everton the lead for the first time.
Unfortunately for the Blues, it was not to be a routine seeing out of the game. Six minutes later, VAR ruled that Michael Keane had fouled Seagulls striker Adam Connolly, although it appeared to be accidental contact as the two went up for a header in the penalty area and Keane was entirely focused on winning the ball. Regardless of Everton’s protests, the penalty was awarded Neal Maupay converted from twelve yards, levelling things up. Buoyed, Brighton pressed for a winner and they got in the final few moments, breaking down the left flank and Leandro Trossard’s low pass across the goal was accidentally finished off by a deeply unfortunate Lucas Digne and the three points were Brighton’s.
Everton had every right to feel hard done by. They had been much the better side for almost all the game and a highly dubious penalty decision that went against them, it’s also worth noting that it was the first time VAR has ever overruled a referee’s penalty decision in English football, drained their momentum entirely. Nevertheless, it was another damaging defeat for the Toffees with some much tougher fixtures on the horizon.
26th October 2019 – Premier League