Brighton & Hove Albion – Everton: Brighton’s Second-Half Adjustments Deepen Everton’s Woes (3-2)
Marco Silva and Graham Potter made constant adjustments to their sides, as the two managers looked to correct sloppy play at both ends of the pitch. In the end, it was Brighton who made fewer errors – benefitting from a Lucas Digne own-goal at the end of a sumptuous attacking move.
Tactical analysis and match report by K.T. Stockwell.
Last round’s 2-0 win over West Ham United gave Everton manager Marco Silva a slight reprieve from the intense scrutiny he has been under for much of the season. Scrutiny borne of the club’s continued stagnation under his stewardship. The victory was Everton’s first in four games and featured the reintroduction of Tom Davies and Djibril Sidibé to the starting eleven.
A clean sheet and the club’s first victory since the start of September was reason enough for the manager to stick with his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, as well as much of the same eleven he used against West Ham. Unfortunately, Silva would have to go without Yerry Mina, who was still recovering from injury. As a consequence, Mason Holgate took over the Colombian’s role alongside Michael Keane at center-back – the tandem flanked by captain, Lucas Digne and the aforementioned, Sidibé. The holding midfield roles remained with Davies and André Gomes, while Iwobi started centrally, as the number ten with Walcott on the right side of midfield and Bernard preferred on the left. Meanwhile, Richarlison was selected to play the role of the main striker.
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