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Everton boss Allardyce happy with Tosun after Brighton triumph

Everton boss Allardyce happy with Tosun after Brighton triumph

"That is where we have been good, we've won the last two home games and only conceded two goals which were penalties. If you reverse it (home and away form) and look with the home points we've gained we're riding high in the top six", Everton manager Sam Allardyce said. Coleman went close early on from a rare move that led to a sight of goal but otherwise in the first half Mat Ryan was troubled only by a Phil Jagielka header from a corner and Bolasie shooting into the side netting when Gylfi Sigurdsson sent over another set-piece cross.

Brighton face Everton in Goodison Park on Saturday (3pm).

The Toffees have secured 26 of their 34 points at home and while their record on the road - one Premier League win all season - has caused them problems, their manager is looking for a reaction from his players on a return to familiar surroundings.

Allardyce's side had eight shots at goal in the opening period, but couldn't create enough clear-cut chances. They probably surprised themselves as well.

Rooney played in a deep-lying role and enjoyed plenty of time on the ball, with Cenk Tosun doubling the Toffees' lead before the former England global saw his spot-kick saved by Mat Ryan.

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And the breakthrough arrived on the hour mark, Walcott seeking to latch on to Bolasie's deep cross and Bong diverting into his own net under pressure.

Pickford was also called into action in stoppage time, producing a good stop to deny Pascal Gross, but Brighton could have no complaints.

"At half-time, having not played well, we were still very much in the game". "I was surprised by our performance", Chris Hughton said.

"Apart from possibly the first week of the season, we haven't been in the bottom three".