Dominic Calvert-Lewin continues prolific form to maintain Everton’s perfect Premier League start at Brighton’s expense

His hanging far-post header, from which he scored via Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 16th-minute cross to give the hosts a deserved lead, is fast becoming a trademark.

It would be unkind to say the same could be said of Pickford’s misdemeanours and misjudgements but there was no-one else at fault for an equaliser completely against the run of play.

Instead of opting to simply tip the high-bouncing ball over the crossbar he attempted to catch it, rather like his now famous clanger in the Merseyside derby at Anfield in December 2018 which led to Divock Origi’s last-minute winner.

But on a wet day the ball slipped from his grasp, presenting Maupay with a simple tap-in.

Mina spared his embarrassment by heading home James’s inswinging free-kick for this third goal of 2020, all of which have been scored in first-half added time.

Much of Brighton’s game-plan appeared to involve going in hard on both Everton’s playmaker and Richarlison, who passed a late fitness test on an ankle injury.

The tactic partly succeeded with the Brazil forward forced off 25 minutes into the first half after a crunching-but-fair tackle by Tariq Lamptey.

But there was no stopping James, fouled for the free-kick which led to Mina’s goal, and he made the game safe with two far-post finishes from crosses by Richarlison’s replacement Alex Iwobi and Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Despite a 100 per cent record and 12 goals in four league matches, the international break could not come at a better time for Ancelotti as Seamus Coleman limping off took the number of first-teamers injured to nine.

A pause may also benefit the Seagulls, for whom Yves Bissouma volleyed home an added-time consolation, after a third defeat in a week and a ninth in succession on the road in the Premier League.


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