22 July 2024

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Brighton 1-5 Everton: Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dwight McNeil score twice as Toffees breathe life into Premier League survival bid

Report and free match highlights as Everton secure only their second away Premier League win of the season with a stunning 5-1 victory at Brighton to move out of the relegation zone; Abdoulaye Doucoure scores twice before Jason Steele own goal put Everton 3-0 up at half-time

Everton injected life into their Premier League survival bid as a first-half blitz at high-flying Brighton secured a shock 5-1 victory on the south coast.

Having won just once in their previous 11 league games, the visitors needed just 33 seconds to break the deadlock through Abdoulaye Doucoure’s close-range finish.

The excellent Doucoure doubled Everton’s lead with a controlled volley from Dwight McNeil’s 29th-minute cross before Jason Steele miscalculated a cutback from the former Burnley winger to divert the ball into his own net in the 35th minute.

Doucoure's controlled finish put Everton 2-0 ahead
Image:Doucoure’s controlled finish put Everton 2-0 ahead

“The scoreline is a big one, for any team particularly on the road. There’s been a lot of noise over the past couple of years about Everton’s away form but we’ve been improving the mentality.

“A couple have got away from us but there have been stronger performances away from home, committed performances. Tonight paid us back after a very good performance at Leicester.”

Brighton remain in seventh place – the Europa Conference League spot – a point above Aston Villa in eighth with two games in hand, but this result checked dreams of gatecrashing the Champions League equation.

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