Brighton heaped pressure on under-fire manager Frank Lampard as they produced one of the most comfortable football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. The Toffees have now won only once in their last 10 games and are currently ranked 16th in the Premier League, one point above the relegation zone despite the fact that the four teams behind them have all played one fewer game. Before the half, Kaoru Mitoma gave Brighton the lead with his fourth goal in six games, although the outcome was still in doubt given how well the hosts had started. But six minutes after the restart, Everton merely gave up. The young striker Evan Ferguson opened the scoring on his complete Premier League debut before Solly March added a third and Pascal Gross added a fourth thanks to Idrissa Gueye’s stunning blunder.
Everton appeared to be in it from the start, possibly encouraged by their draw with Manchester City the previous time around. Although Robert Sanchez made a superb save to stop Alex Iwobi and Tom Davies immediately after, their high press was fierce and nearly helped them take the lead within the first 10 minutes. However, Brighton immediately started to take command of the match. When Mitoma headed March’s lovely hanging ball well wide of the goal and then swiftly edged, rightly, in front, they sent out a warning message.
Japanese international Mitoma was the recipient of a cross-field pass from Moises Caicedo. After evading Nathan Patterson on the left side of the box with his initial touch, Mitoma drifted across the area before firing a shot that went through James Tarkowski’s knees and into the goal. When Mitoma’s deflected cross was finally connected with by 18-year-old Ferguson, it was almost two. Ferguson’s first-time shot hit the base of the left-hand post.
Everton occasionally showed promising glimpses with their build-up play. However, it frequently proved laborious as Dominic Calvert-Lewin grew more alone and the home crowd grew impatient with the attack’s lack of urgency. Ferguson demonstrated once more that he is not intimidated by playing in the top division at such a young age by scoring his second goal in as many games against Arsenal on New Year’s Eve, just moments after sending a shot narrowly over the bar. Ferguson had previously scored his first Premier League goal in the loss to Arsenal on New Year’s Eve.
That quieted Goodison, but March hushed the storied old stadium minutes later when Ferguson set him up and allowed him to take several uncontested touches before firing a shot past a dazed Jordan Pickford. Before the hour mark, the boos started to erupt as Gross pounced on Gueye’s awful ball back toward his own goal. Gross then surged forward before deftly clipping a fourth into the goal. Everton had a chance to recover when Sanchez gave away a foolish penalty in stoppage time, but even though Gray slammed home in anger, it couldn’t undo the humiliatiing football scores for the Toffees.
“I would argue that even in the first half, it was really disappointing. We made a mistake that led to their goal, but overall, I believe the game was fairly level and we had our chances. But three goals in six minutes, our mistakes on defense, and the game are over,” Frank Lampard said. “The game then transitions into an in-between state. Even though we score a late goal, the game is over at 4-0. Due to individual errors and problems with the team’s defense as a whole, those six minutes were absolutely crucial to the outcome of the game. It’s not about anger because we’re all in this together. We want to win games, and we are disappointed.”
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