Ian Wright baffled by Brighton's 'simple' failure do this one thing at Everton

Brighton fans and pundits were left mystified by Albion's performance following their punishing defeat to Everton at Goodison Park

Sunday, 4th October 2020, 8:37 am
Updated Sunday, 4th October 2020, 8:40 am
Brighton and Hove Albion failed to test Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford

Shortly after Brighton's 4-2 loss at Goodison Park, Everton manager Carlo Ancelloti stated that football is "a simple game because the the ball doesn't change, the pitch doesn't change and you always play against 11 opponents."

To an extent that is true but it also simplifies the game if you can spend as heavily as Everton have in the last few windows and bring in talents such as James Rodriguez.

Brighton do not have that luxury but they do have a very good but very raw young side who one week are capable of taking Newcastle and Manchester United apart and the next, allow basic mistakes that make it all to "simple" for teams like Everton to win.

The individual mistakes and conceding at set pieces are areas of concern as it's happened a few times too many already this season.

But what also frustrated fans and baffled the pundits such as Ian Wright was Brighton's failure to whip the ball into the box, especially from corners and freekicks in dangerous positions.

Many times Brighton had the opportunity but they played it short, Everton pressed and Albion ended back in their own half.

Everton keeper Jordan Pickford is going through bad spell, highlighted by Neal Maupay's equaliser, and the opportunity to put him under more pressure in wet and terrible conditions was missed.

"When you have a goalkeeper who is playing like Jordan Pickford, you have got to put the ball in the box when you can," said Wright speaking on BBC's Match of the Day.

"I thought Brighton were poor at set pieces today in that respect, they just didn't put the ball into the box.

"They had Dunk up there, and Webster up there waiting for it and it's not like they are going to take short ones and do something. They are waiting for the ball to come in and Brighton didn't put the ball in.

"The thing with Brighton, they played well in certain patches. I thought Bissouma was good.

"But they had opportunities to whip it in and they don't and we are talking about a goalkeeper whose form is not great and I don't think they tested him enough.

"You can't blame him for Bissouma's goal, but it is just something I would have done today if was Brighton, I would have put more pressure on the goalkeeper."