Brighton produced a strong second half display to see off battling Everton side 1-0 at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.
Top flight debutant David Button survived a big scare just before the half an hour mark, as the Brighton goalkeeper spilled Theo Walcott’s seemingly harmless low ball into the area straight into the path of Richarlison. Fortunately for Button, Shane Duffy was on hand to block the Brazilian’s shot on the line.
Button made up for his clanger just two minutes later, as the goalkeeper made a fine save to deny Richarlison a first half opener once more.
Brighton carried a greater attacking threat in the second half, as Florin Andone drew a fine save from Jordan Pickford after the striker produced a strong header from a corner.
The home side did not have to wait long after to make their pressure tell, as Jurgen Locadia fired home following another corner on the hour mark. The goal was given after some deliberation from the officials, before it was decided that Locadia was not offside in receiving the ball.
Everton almost provided an immediate response as the visitors broke up field at speed, but Richarlison saw his powerful strike turned onto the post through a fine save from Button. Kurt Zouma also hit the bar with just four minutes remaining but Brighton held on to seal a hard fought win.