Everton forced a resilient Brighton team into a draw at Amex Stadium, according to the Telegraph. Brighton began the match on a high note, gaining possession in the opening minutes, they were unable to score. On the other side, the Toffees produced another lackluster performance but managed to stabilize their midfield while attempting a few chances up-field. A few minutes left to the end of the encounter, Brighton broke the deadlock thanks to an Anthony Knockaert's technical finish from a distance. Shortly after the opener, Wayne Rooney leveled up the scoreline in the ninetieth minute to rescue his side to a stalemate.

Moreover, Everton have won just two of their opening eight league matches this season so far. Brighton and Everton share the same point, but they lie in different spots based on superior goal difference. Everton is sixteenth, while Brighton is fourteenth. Here the match report in detail.

Brighton outlook

Starting XI and individual performance points: Goalkeeper - Matt Ryan (7.38). Defender - Bruno (5.87), Shane Duffy (6.76), Lewis Dunk (7.19), Markus Suttner (6.67). Midfielder - Anthony Knockaert (7.93), Davy Pröpper (6.88), Dale Stephens (7.19), Solly March (6.43). Forward - Pascal Groß (7.37), Glenn Murray (6.23). Used substitutes - José Izquierdo (6.62), Uwe Hünemeier (6.31), Isaiah Brown (6.21).

Team's strength and weakness: Brighton often stole the ball from Everton players. In their shortcomings, they were regularly caught offside, aggressive in tackles and in the process they gave away free kicks around the box.

Style of play: Chris Hughton's side only favored crossing the ball

Everton outlook

Starting XI and individual performance points: Goalkeeper - Jordan Pickford (6.78).

Defender - Mason Holgate (7.19), Phil Jagielka (seven points), Michael Keane (7.38), Leighton Baines (6.31). Midfielder - Morgan Schneiderlin (6.68), Idrissa Gueye (6.70), Nikola Vlasic (7.38), Gylfi Sigurdsson (6.19), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (7.62). Forward - Wayne Rooney (7.31), Kevin Mirallas (6.37), Oumar Niasse (5.73).

Team's strength and weakness: Ronald Koeman's men were efficient at setting up goal bound opportunities from flanks.

Style of play: the Toffees showed no specific style or pattern of play throughout the encounter.

Man of the Match

Right-wing midfielder Anthony Knockaert was recalled to the starting XI and gave Brighton the lead. Knockaert superlatively manned the right flank. Overall, he completed fifty-seven touches.

Week 9 fixtures for both teams

Brighton faces struggling West Ham United on the road on Friday 20 October. On Sunday 22, Everton will slog it out with Arsenal.