Everton fans salute wideman after Brighton victory - 'Outstanding'


Everton 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 0 Toffees enjoy home comforts despite Rooney penalty miss

Everton boss Sam Allardyce admitted he the felt pressure ease after Cenk Tosun doubled the Toffees' lead in the 2-0 win over Brighton at Goodison Park.

A match pitting together two of the Premier League's mid-table clubs never looked likely to provide a feast of entertainment and the visitors' lack of ambition made for a largely drab affair, until a frantic final 30 minutes in which Wayne Rooney missed a penalty and Anthony Knockaert saw red.

Tosun spoke to evertonfc.com after the game to describe the feeling among the camp following the win and how well he feels he is now settling into his new club after a slow start to his Premier League career.

'We're thankful to a lot of people but, of course, it's the players, the players have enjoyed being in this division so far and are desperate to make sure that we stay there'. On that basis we are a top-six side in points gained, and on an away basis we have to improve because we are right down at the bottom. "We all felt it, I think you do". He also said when asked about Theo Walcott limping off that it was "cramp, so he should be OK".

The 59-year old oversaw an unbeaten month for the Seagulls, who picked up seven points in three crucial games against relegation rivals.

Besides the two long-term injuries of James McCarthy and Eliaquim Mangala it is the best shape Everton have been squad wise for the majority of the season.

Sam Allardyce has defended the signing of Cenk Tosun insisting he will come good for the Toffees.

"I was surprised, particularly with the form we've been in".

We restricted them to minimal chances going into half time.

"If he focuses on his game and concentrates on what he is good at, the players are realising that if we put quality balls in for him into the box then he has got the knack of getting on the end of them".

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