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Coleman's joy at scoring in Toffees win

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Seamus Coleman of Everton celebrates after scoring his team's second goal. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Seamus Coleman of Everton celebrates after scoring his team's second goal. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Seamus Coleman of Everton celebrates after scoring his team's second goal. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Seamus Coleman was on target as Marco Silva hailed his side's best performance of the season at Goodison Park yesterday.

Brazil international Richarlison, who started the season as a winger but is now playing as a lone frontman, scored twice either side of Coleman's strike to take his tally to six, more than he managed in 38 Premier League matches last season.

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Lewis Dunk of Brighton and Hove Albion celebrates after scoring.  Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Lewis Dunk of Brighton and Hove Albion celebrates after scoring. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Lewis Dunk of Brighton and Hove Albion celebrates after scoring. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Coleman struck after Lewis Dunk's header had cancelled out Richarlison's fifth of the season midway through the first half, although the Brazil international had the final say when he capitalised on Dunk's 77th-minute error to end Brighton's mini-resurgence

Coleman, who missed 10 months with a horrific double fracture of his leg in March 2017, marked his first goal in 652 days with a celebration that was a mixture of joy, anger and frustration following recent criticism of his performances.

"It was an important moment for him, important moment for us as a team," said Silva.

Richarlison's first came from a counter-attack after a Brighton corner, with his second courtesy of Seagulls goalscorer Dunk's errant pass across the defence which allowed the Everton forward to skip past Shane Duffy and round goalkeeper Mat Ryan.

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Richarlison of Everton scores his team's third goal during. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Richarlison of Everton scores his team's third goal during. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Richarlison of Everton scores his team's third goal during. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

"It was our best performance of the season," said Silva. "Richarlison performed well. It is important not just for him but our strikers when they can score. It was a very good moment for the first goal, the offensive transition. The second goal he has this capacity to press high and put pressure on the centre-backs."

Brighton had won their previous three matches 1-0 but manager Chris Hughton admits they let their opportunity slip away after getting back on level terms. Asked if he felt they deserved something out of the game, the Seagulls boss responded: "No.

"I thought we were up against a very good team today. We got ourselves back in the game at 1-1 and you are looking to change the momentum in the game.

"We needed to come out in the second half better, but we were up against a very good team who will push the top six and we made too many errors."

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Everton should have been comfortably ahead before they took the lead, with Gylfi Sigurdsson missing two good chances.


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