Saturday, June 22, 2024

Mwepu assists twice in Brighton first ever win at Goodison Park

Zambian midfielder Enock Mwepu set up two goals as Brighton and Hove Albion finally managed their first win at Goodison Park since winning promotion in 2017.

First half goals from Mac Allister and Burn put the visitors in the driving seat.

Graham Potter made three changes to the team that started at the Bridge against Chelsea.

Tariq Lamptey, Solly March and Jakub Moder dropped to the bench with Mwepu, Adam Webster, Mwepu and Leandro Trossard taking up their places.

The Seagulls started strong and took the lead in the 3rd minute, Mac Allister with a close range finish from inside the box.

The visitors dominance paid off again in the 21st minute as Mwepu flicked a Mac Allister corner for Dan Burn at the far post to node in from close range to make it 2-0.

The Toffees however had a chance to pull one back four minutes later after a foul by Mwepu inside the box resulted into a penalty following consultation with VAR but Dominic Calvert-Lewin blasted his kick well over the bar.

In the second stanza, The hosts came back a much better side with Anthony Gordon and Damarai Gray leading the charge.

Gordon pulled one back in the 53rd minute thanks to a huge deflection off Lallana.

With a goal back, Everton started really pushing for an equalizer and dominated possession.

It was however Brighton who found the back of the net as Mac Allister scored his second of the day.

Trossard found Mwepu on the edge of the box, The Zambian international with a brilliant backheel to Mac Allister who made no mistake with a fantastic strike from range leaving Jordan Pickford with no chance.

Gordon who was having a great game for the hosts again brought Everton back into the game with a close range finish, 3-2 to make for a dramatic end to the match.

The Seagulls held on to win the match 3-2, recording their first ever away at Goodison Park in the club’s history.

The win is also the first for the Seagulls in their first game of a calendar year since winning promotion in 2017.

The win takes the Seagulls to 8th place with 27 points from 19 matches played so far.

Brighton XI : Robert Sànchez, Marc Cucurella, Adam Webster, Dan Burn, Jöel Veltman (Shane Duffy 61′), Adam Lallana (Tariq Lamptey 61′), Enock Mwepu, Yves Bissouma, Alexis Mac Allister, Leandro Trossard (Jakub Modern 81′), Neal Maupay.

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