Everton are out of the relegation zone after their hard-fought well deserved 5-1 win over in-form Brighton at the AMEX Stadium on Monday, and utility midfielder Alex Iwobi was instrumental to the victory putting up impressive defensive and offensive displays.
Iwobi who was on target in the Toffees’ 2-2 draw at Leicester City last time out provided an assist for Dwight McNeil who scored Everton’s fourth goal of the night dribbling goalkeeper Jason Steele and captain Lewis Dunk before slotting the ball into an open net.
Despite the form and impressive performance of Brighton in recent games, it sure looked to be a great day for Everton who took the lead in the first minute through Abdoulaye Doucoure. The Malian was again on target in the 29th minute and things turned from bad to worse for the hosts when goalie Jason Steele put the ball inside his own net in the 35th minute.
Brighton manager, Roberto De Zerbi, in a bid to shake things up made four substitutions at half time taking off Adam Webster, Danny Welbeck, Facundo Valentin Buonanotte and Deniz Undav for Solly March, Levi Colwill, Evan Ferguson and Julio Cesar Enciso.
Although they possessed the game and came close to scoring on several occasions, it was the Toffees who scored their fourth in the 76th minute before Alexis MacAllister’s consolatory goal three minutes later. It however was not over as McNeil completed his brace in the 96th minute.
Iwobi in the first half alone had 10 ball recoveries – the highest in the half while he also had four successful dribbles in the first half according to Squawka Live.
The win was the biggest for Everton this season who have failed to stay consistent all through the campaign.