Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Allardyce relieved as Everton see off Brighton

Allardyce relieved as Everton see off Brighton

It did little to diminish Allardyce's view of Rooney's overall contribution, with the 63-year-old singing his praises.

"We live under pressure and the pressure has been on this week".

"I was anxious it was going to hit the crossbar and bounce back out!" For me my job is not what about everybody else says, it's about what I think internally, when he's ready.

"It's just a shame Wayne didn't finish off what would have been an outstanding performance".

The three points move Everton up to ninth in the Premier League table, and having gone into the contest with fears about being sucked into the relegation mix, amazingly Toffees fans can look up and maybe see their side finish strong and qualify for European competition next season.

Brighton's bad day was compounded by Anthony Knockaert's red card for a two-footed challenge on Leighton Baines, meaning he will miss the next three games.

"Overall a very good performance, which isn't unusual at home - it is what has been delivered on a regular basis. We're the ones that won't benefit from that and he certainly won't".

Allardyce said Rooney played in the position he did after Idrissa Gueye was ruled out by sickness, as was Morgan Schneiderlin.

Asked about Walcott's fitness status at his post-match press conference, Allardyce explained: 'Cramp, so he should be OK. The Seagulls are now seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Chris Hughton has lamented his Brighton team for not spotting the "warning signs" during the first half of their eventual 2-0 defeat to Everton.

"We had a good chance at half-time to clear the air and realise how we needed to improve in the second half - we did improve slightly but not significantly enough to go and win the game".

"I was surprised, particularly with the form we've been in".

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