DEMARAI GRAY appears at dwelling ultimately.
The winger continued to repay Rafa Benitez’s religion with a wonderful show which included a medical opener earlier than Dominic Calvert-Lewin netted from the spot.
Richarlison was decided to take the ball off common taker Calvert-LewinCredit score: Reuters
Brazilian Allan had to assist settle down his compatriotCredit score: Reuters
Grey, 25, has endured one of many strangest careers of the final half-decade, which started by profitable the Premier League title at Leicester in 2016.
However regardless of that feat, his face by no means actually match on the Foxes – and the identical might be stated at Bayer Leverkusen throughout his transient six-month keep earlier this yr.
That then led to a shock £1.7million transfer to Goodison Park this summer time with new boss Benitez pressured to wheel and deal as money was briefly provide.
Not a lot was anticipated given Grey’s previous few years.
However now he’s threatening to be one in all this season’s cut price buys as he made it two targets in as many away video games with a jet-heeled opener right here.
Calvert-Lewin wrapped up the factors from 12 yards – after Richarlison lastly relinquished the ball having hoped to take it himself.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin buries the penaltyCredit score: PA
The Brazilian embarrassed himself by arguing along with his team-mates over spot-taking obligations and earned himself a yellow card.
However regardless of that farce, Benitez could have been very pleased along with his aspect’s work as he out-manouevred reverse quantity Graham Potter within the tactical stakes.
Brighton have been using excessive after three straight wins in league and cup this season, and have been boosted by Neal Maupay’s fast restoration from a nasty shoulder harm.
The hosts had the higher of the opening 20 minutes, with Maupay blasting over and Alexis Mac Allister seeing a shot deflected off-target.
However after that, it was all Everton.
The Toffees fired a depraved warning shot by Andros Townsend – who was booed all through for his Crystal Palace previous – that Robert Sanchez pushed huge.
A flurry of half-chances for the guests noticed the hosts emerge unscathed – till Grey took centre stage.
The previous Birmingham man turned on the afterburners down the left, racing previous poor Adam Webster and discovering the nook with a superb drilled end.
Demarai Grey sweeps Everton into the leadCredit score: Getty
The winger celebrates his openerCredit score: Getty
In doing so, Grey grew to become the fourth Everton participant to attain in his first two Premier League away appearances, following Peter Beardsley, Mickael Madar and Romelu Lukaku.
Potter responded by hauling off the ineffectual Mac Allister for Joel Veltman, again after being pressured to overlook video games on account of being a detailed Covid contact.
But it surely proved to be a disastrous change as inside 11 minutes of the second half, Veltman introduced down Seamus Coleman within the field and a penalty was awarded.
That sparked some enjoyable and video games as Richarlison grabbed the ball, regardless of Calvert-Lewin being the designated taker and having scored from the spot at Leeds last week.
It took Townsend to intervene and Richarlison then had a barney with Lucas Digne, earlier than Calvert-Lewin lastly had the ball in his palms.
The England man buried the ball to Sanchez’s proper and ran off in celebration along with his team-mates.
Richarlison was amongst them, though he had been booked by ref Jon Moss for creating the farce.
Every part was going to plan for Rafa Benitez till star striker Calvert-Lewin was pressured off with a knock.
Everton might have had extra with Richarlison seeing a late penalty attraction turned down.
However the superb win continued Benitez’s unbeaten begin – with new man Grey as soon as once more a key determine.
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