Chris Hughton: 'Brighton & Hove Albion must not slip below certain level'

Brighton vs Everton Preview Brighton hoping to deepen Everton's bad spell

Everton could only manage to draw 1-1 with Brighton & Hove Albion in their latest match.

At that point the Toffees were trailing to Anthony Knockaert's 82nd-minute strike - the Albion winger's first goal of the season - and destined to remain just one place above the bottom three.

Everton boss Koeman was on the brink of another damaging defeat after Anthony Knockaert put Brighton ahead eight minutes from full-time at the Amex Stadium.

But a silly foul from Brighton captain Bruno - who elbowed Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the face during an Everton free-kick - saw the visitors awarded a 90th-minute penalty that Rooney converted.

The tie leaves Koeman's team in 16place, with a Europa League tie on Thursday against Olympique Lyonnais, before they host Arsenal.

While the draw only lifts Everton to 16th, it might be enough to persuade the club to give Koeman more time.

The likes of Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davvy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez were all brought in to strengthen the team in the summer, however, it appears one player is receiving more of the criticism. "Every game is a massive game and we have to get our points when we can" said Hughton.

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And Koeman admitted: "Taking penalties is not the most hard job but at this moment yes, because it's totally different, it's 1-0 down in a hard situation and the team needs points".

Rooney calmly sent Brighton 'keeper Mathew Ryan the wrong way.

Anthony Knockaert scored the victor for Brighton in the 82nd minute before Rooney saved a point at the death.

Brighton is above Everton in 14th thanks to a superior goal difference.

Everton's result at Brighton could have been much worse, if Wayne Rooney did not rescue a point for the Toffees in the last minute.

Ronald Koeman admits that Everton's points tally from the opening eight matches of the Premier League season is not good enough.

He said: "It feels more like a defeat".

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