Everton boss Rafa Benitez believes that Everton needs to collectively accept responsibility for the 3-2 defeat to Brighton. Brighton led 2-0 in the first 20 minutes before Anthony Gordon grabbed one back for the home side. Dominic Calvert-Lewin missed a penalty on his first appearance in August. They have just one win in their last 14 games while conceding the first goal 14 times this season.

“We have shown character in a lot of games and played well in a lot of games but we are not capable of avoiding mistakes which are costing games,” Everton boss Rafa Benitez said. “We had a slow start, conceded an early goal and after another mistake, we conceded from a corner. It is not easy when you have these mistakes and then after we miss a penalty and it is even more difficult. I thought we played well first half and then the goal we didn’t want changes the atmosphere in the ground and you have to see that out and we did it quite well.”

“What I can tell you is we were practicing specifically these corners and how to defend and we made too many mistakes,” he added. “We made a mistake and we know-how, and we know what we have to do, but it is just not the time to point fingers. We have to accept responsibility as a group. The most important thing for me is to have players who want to be there and fight for the club and teammates, after that you have to choose the best ones possible.”

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