Luck deserts Seagulls as Everton smash’n’grab points

But we ‘re just saving up our luck to make Europe reports Bill Smith

They looked like they were perfect for away days in Europe, brilliant counter attacking football but unfortunately for Brighton fans, that was Everton!

Football is a game of skill, the cream does rise, the table doesn’t lie and The Seagulls are way better than Everton but it’s also a game of luck and in this game every lucky break went Everton’s. A goal given away by the tiniest of mistakes from Lewis Dunk (they do happen  every few years from the guy who never mind playing for England,  should be captaining England) added to an own goal gifted by Jason Steele plus the return to unbelievable form of Abdoulaye Doucourre  and fitness from the talented Dominic Calvert-Lewin meant Brighton were 3 – 0 down by half time. Small margins and a slice of luck mean there’s always room for upsets in the Premier League and I can tell you 25,000 were pretty upset at The Amex. The rest were probably filling in their national lottery tickets!

Half time and there’s a different Brighton team coming out, it’s like pre season! And in some ways it is – as we guess who’s playing next season and who we are playing! Wonder if De Zerbi knows… bit unfair on Webster especially I thought as Estupinan was meant to be direct marker of double goal scorer Doucourre. Oh well, I would have changed all 11 if allowed. And Pervis Estupinan is a game changing attacker!

Solly immediately has a great chance, Enciso a great run, Colwill a header and Evan Ferguson a world class header saved by equally world class save from Jordan Pickford – but Roberto De Zerbi you needed to change something else as well as these four subs. LUCK !!! Only bad luck, Pickford and the cross bar, twice, stops them scoring half a dozen to win deservedly.

The second half was all Brighton and in a game of two halves Brighton did better. With 90 per cent territory they managed to only lose another two goals but gained at last one leaving the final score at 5–1.

Still I’m happy that Brighton had sooo much bad luck. We’re saving it up! And heh, let’s face it, we’re going to need luck big-time as Seagulls play Arsenal, Newcastle and Manchester City among their final fixtures.

So yep the luck will even up and I’ll see you in Monaco or Rome later! UTA!

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