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Player ratings: Everton kick off the new year with a loss to Brighton

Everton suffered another defeat at Goodison Park losing 3-2 to Brighton.

Two goals from Alexis Mac Allister either side of Dan Burn’s goal helped Brighton take all the points at Goodison Park.

Anthony Gordon’s brace could not stop The Blues from defeat and it is now just one win in the last 12 for Everton.

Brighton’s first goal came from good striker play from Neal Maupay as he delicately headed down a cross into Mac Allister’s path as the Argentine finished first time past Jordan Pickford within the first three minutes.

Their second goal came not too long after on the 21st minute from a corner.

It was woeful defending from Everton as Dan Burn was left free at the back post for a simple header into the back of the net.

In the second half Everton finally got one back to make a fight for the points as Gordon cut inside from the right and his strike deflected past Brighton goalkeeper Robin Sanchez.

Everton attempted to sustain the pressure to try and find an equaliser however The Seagulls strook next and it was Mac Allister yet again.

On the edge of the box, he powerfully hit the ball in the top corner to get himself a fantastic second goal to wrap up the three points for Graham Potter’s men.

Gordon though did get another goal back to try and ignite a late comeback as he latched onto a cross from Jonjoe Kenny however it was too little too late for Benitez’s men.

Player ratings

Jordan Pickford: 6

Good save to deny Adam Lallana in the first half to stop Brighton going three up without reply. Couldn’t have done much more for the three goals.

Jonjoe Kenny: 5

Booked early on and got the assist for Gordon’s second goal. Needed more attacking threat from wingback.

Ben Godfrey: 3

Shocking defending in the lead up to Brighton’s third as he stood forward and let Maupay have all the space in-behind. Too often he stepped forward out of the back three and did not make progressive forward passes.

Michael Keane: 2

Lost Maupay for the first gaol. Decided to have a strike in additional time with his weaker foot from about 30 yards out. Ludicrous.

Mason Holgate: 4

Good recovery tackle to stop Maupay in the lead up to the third goal. 

Seamus Coleman: 5

Forced the first save from Sanchez with a header. Looked uncomfortable on the left as he was having to cut in on his right foot in every attack.

Anthony Gordon: 8

Got the brace and was working by himself a lot of the time throughout the game. Left everything on the pitch and can be proud of his first senior goals. Unlucky not to get a hat-trick.

Abdoulaye Doucoure: 3

Didn’t track Mac Allister for the first goal and looked miles of his best in the middle of the park.

Allan: 4

Poor alongside Doucoure. Could not cope with Yves Bissouma and did not help the defence out at all. Came very close to scoring a wondergoal but was denied thanks to a fingertip save from Sanchez.

Demarai Gray: 5

Was not really in the game in the first half. Was a nuisance for Tariq Lamptey in the second half but just couldn’t get on the ball enough.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin: 4

A shocking penalty at a vital time in the game. Won seven out of his aerial duels so was back to being the focal point which Everton have missed so much. Brilliant hold-up play for Gordon’s second goal setting up Kenny for his cross.

Substitutions: 

Salomon Rondon (Jonjoe Kenny 76): 3

Had a massive chance to equalise late on the volley but the ball went flying over the bar.

Andre Gomes (Allan 87): N/A

Had no time to make any impact.

READ MORE: Everton kick off the January transfer window by signing left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko

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