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Sam Allardyce hails "big win" for Everton

Allardyce hails
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Everton manager Sam Allardyce praises his side for delivering "a big win" as they claim a comfortable victory over Brighton & Hove Albion at Goodison Park.

Everton manager Sam Allardyce has heaped praise on his side after they claimed a comfortable 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at Goodison Park today.

An own goal from Gaetan Bong and a powerful strike from Cenk Tosun helped the Toffees to move 10 points clear of the relegation zone, ending a run of back-to-back league defeats.

Both of those games came away from home, with the Toffees ranking as the third worst side in the division on the road.

"Usually when you lose two games and in the way that we've lost them, you have to find a response from the players," Allardyce told Match of the Day after the game.

"At Goodison, I don't think there's been a problem. Our big problem has been away from home. If you reverse it (home and away form) and look with the home points we've gained we're riding high in the top six.

"The players had to handle the pressure today, our form away, that's been a long standing problem and it was a big win under those circumstances. The players accepted the pressure and delivered a performance.

"You have to give credit to Wayne Rooney today, playing in a position he doesn't play in normally. We had a very attacking three in midfield and we asked Wayne to be responsible enough to be the playmaker and sit deep."

Next up for Allardyce's side is a trip to relegation-threatened Stoke City next Saturday.


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Cenk Tosun in action during the Premier League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton on January 13, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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