By 90Min
October 16, 2017

Everton manager Ronald Koeman claims that "a little bit of luck" saved his side on Sunday, as Brighton were held to a draw by the away side. 

However, there was nothing lucky about the awarded penalty which rescued a point for the Toffees, as Bruno's elbow brought down Calvert-Lewin. Everton once again lacked a cutting edge going forward, emerging from a lack of confidence within the squad. 

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"In the situation that the team is, you need a little bit of luck," said Koeman, speaking to the BBC, "We didn't create a lot but we were the dominant team. In the second half, it was more difficult, more up and down. It was difficult to bring them down, but I'm proud of the players what they showed after that [Brighton goal]."

The manager would have been left frustrated by the goal, as his defence seemed to crumble under the onslaught of Brighton players. Knockaert eventually drove the ball home, but only after a barrage of Brighton shots at the Everton net. 

"Defensively sloppy," said Koeman. "You need to stay on your feet, you can't go down in that situation. It made it too easy to score. We lost a bit of control after a few mistakes, maybe it's a problem with confidence in this difficult situation - but we showed belief and commitment today..."

However, Koeman remained the voice of optimism, with a huge Europa League clash against struggling Lyon on Thursday night. Koeman continued: "It's only one point but it's a totally different picture getting a draw rather than a defeat. A point was deserved today".


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