Evan Ferguson of Brighton & Hove Albion is challenged by Jarrad Branthwaite of Everton during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Everton FC at the American Express Community Stadium on February 24, 2024 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Brighton's Evan Ferguson and Everton defender Jarrod Branthwaite.

Branthwaite baffled by ‘frustrating’ Everton capitulation to Brighton

Jarrad Branthwaite was left flummoxed by Everton’s inability to close out the game against ten-man Brighton on Saturday. 

The Seagulls had the majority of the chances in front of goal at the Amex Stadium, but it was the centre-back who broke the deadlock with a stunning strike in the second half.

But the Toffees failed to hold on for a crucial win, even though they had a man advantage over the hosts after Billy Gilmour was sent off for a nasty challenge on Amadou Onana.


Sean Dyche’s men retreated into their shell, hoping to cling on for all three points, only for Lewis Dunk to power home a header past Jordan Pickford in the 95th minute of the contest.

“We put in a solid performance,” Branthwaite told BBC Sport after the final whistle.

“We went 1-0 up and then they went down to 10 men. Then we sat back and invited pressure – them scoring at the end is frustrating.

“They are a good team, with 10 men they could keep the ball. We pressed all game, then they went down to 10 men and we stopped pressing – I don’t know what happened.”

The result means Everton move a point ahead of Luton Town, but are still hovering above the relegation zone, sitting 17th in the Premier League table.

Brighton, meanwhile, remain seventh on 39 points.

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