Everton showed once again that their impressive start to the season is no different after beating Brighton 4-2 at Goodison Park.
Despite not being at their best – compared to some of the performances we’ve already seen this season – the Toffees had more than enough in the tank to look to Graham Potter, as Dominic Calvert-Lyon took his season tally to nine. had taken And James Rodriguez scored his first goal in Everton blue.
Another mistake from Jordan Pickford – his 11th since August 2017, more than any other Premier League goalkeeper – was the only blow from Carlo Ancelotti, and the Italian spoke to Everton’s official website. And was full of praise for ‘perfect’ performance.
Calvert-Lewin, meanwhile, also spoke to the club’s website, praising the impact of Everton’s summer signings – as well as touching on his incredible goalscoring form.
Everton are in a rich vein of form / JAN KRUGER/Getty Images
“We played well and organized the game well,” Ancelotti said. “Brighton had possession but we were ready defensively and had chances to score on the counter-attack. We were good at set pieces as usual.
“We won some balls under pressure. [to spring forwards for James’ goals] And were good with completion.”
Rodriguez’s meeting with Ancelotti is a surprise / Jan Kruger/Getty Images
“The performance was complete and that’s why I think we deserved to win. James is doing really well. A player of quality has no problem adapting. The quality is there.
“Football is not that complicated, the pitch is always the same, the opponents always have 11 players, the ball is the same and the goal doesn’t move. Football is easy.”
Even Ancelotti must be surprised by Calvert-Lewin’s rapid improvement / Pool/Getty Images
“With Dominic, there’s not just one reason for his form. He’s confident and we’re seeing him improve. He’s scoring goals which is the most important thing for a striker.
“When a striker scores a goal, he’s absolutely more confident and that’s the case now for Colbert Lyon.”
“What he has added to the team is important. We have done really well and the system we play suits us, even in the second half. [against Brighton] We didn’t play that well, to be honest.
“But we scored in the second half and the best teams win when they’re not always on top. We dug in and limited their chances.
“We started the game well though. Overall, I think it was a solid performance again. We’re feeling confident, creating chances and scoring goals.”