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Brighton rescue a point after Everton nearly steal all three

Everton so nearly executed the perfect smash-and-grab to go three points clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone, but they instead settled for just a point as 10-man Brighton equalized in stoppage time.

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Three points would have also snapped an eight-game winless run for Sean Dyche’s side, but alas it stretches to nine instead (0W-5D-4L). 18th-place Luton Town sit just a point behind Everton (21 points), but they now have a game in hand with 13 left to play. The draw also sees Brighton (39 points) fail to fully capitalize on Manchester United’s defeat to Fulham, moving only to five points out of the top-six.

Everton didn’t attempt their first shot of the game until the 57th minute (at which point Brighton had already taken 11), but they were first on the scoreboard with just over a quarter-hour left to play. In true Dyche style, the goal came from a set piece as Jordan Pickford booted the ball into the penalty area where it was only partially cleared before falling to Jarrad Branthwaite near the penalty spot. Branthwaite smashed a rising finish home to put the Toffees ahead against the run of play.

Things got worse for Brighton eight minutes later, when Billy Gilmour went in high on Amadou Onana. Gilmour put his studs into the side of Onana’s calf and was quickly shown a straight red card. The sending-off certainly made the uphill sledding even steeper, until a bit of football irony struck Dyche in the 94th minute.

Set pieces giveth, and set pieces taketh. The initial corner was headed away, but only as far as Pascal Gross, who has a wand of a right foot when it comes to crossing the ball. Gross curled one over and around the Everton defense and found Lewis Dunk’s head at the far post. Dunk looped a perfect header out of Jordan Pickford’s reach and placed it just inside the far post to rescue a point in the end.

What’s next?

Everton will continue their relegation fight with a trip to east London to take on West Ham next Saturday (10 am ET). Brighton will be away to Fulham at the same time.

Player ratings - Brighton vs Everton

Brighton vs Everton, final score: 1-1

Goalscorers: Jarrad Brainthwaite (73'), Lewis Dunk (90'+4)

73rd minute - GOAL - Jarrad Branthwaite smashes through traffic to put Everton ahead

Branthwaite rockets Everton in front of Brighton
Jarrad Branthwaite stuns the Brighton faithful at the Amex as Everton take a shock 1-0 lead over the Seagulls in the second half.

81st minute - RED CARD - Billy Gilmour sent off for high challenge on Amadou Onana

Gilmour sent off for dangerous tackle v. Everton
Brighton go down to 10 men following Billy Gilmour's dangerous tackle against Everton that results in a straight red card in the second half at the Amex.

90th minute +4 - GOAL - Lewis Dunk rises and heads home the equalizer in stoppage time

Dunk's header puts Brighton level against Everton
Lewis Dunk salvages a point for 10-men Brighton as his header beats Jordan Pickford to make it 1-1 against Everton at the Amex.

How to watch Brighton vs Everton live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel: Peacock
Online: Stream via Peacock Premium

Brighton starting lineup

Verbruggen — Lamptey, Van Hecke, Dunk, Igor — Gilmour, Gross — Adingra, Buonanotte, Welbeck, Ferguson

Everton starting lineup

Pickford — Godfrey, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko — Harrison, Garner, Gueye, McNeil — Doucoure, Calvert-Lewin

Brighton team news, focus

Having Mitoma and Adingra back has added an extra dimension to Brighton’s attack and they now look really dangerous. Injuries have started to calm down which is a huge relief for RDZ as the Seagulls aim to hunt down the six-point gap to sixth place between now and the end of the season.

OUT: Joao Pedro (hamstring), Julio Enciso (knee), Solly March (knee), James Milner (thigh), Jack Hinshelwood (ankle)

Everton team news, focus

The Toffees have a very settled lineup but Dyche needs more creativity from open play and for players to stop snatching at chances. They’re so dangerous from set-piece situations and Everton will sit in and frustrate Brighton and look to hit them on the counter, just like they did in their stunning 5-1 win at the Amex last season.

OUT: Arnaut Danjuma (ankle), Dele Alli (groin), Andre Gomes (calf)