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5 Telling Stats from Everton’s Typical 3-2 Defeat at Brighton

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It’s all so very Everton, but what do the numbers tell us?

Brighton & Hove Albion v Everton FC - Premier League Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

The softest of VAR decisions (and the first such VAR penalty overrule in the league this season) and a agonising injury-time own goal condemned the Blues to a fourth defeat in five games.

But what is exactly is going wrong?

Is it a lost cause? Or a matter of tweaks?

Let’s see what the stats tell us.

The Run Continues

Concede first… and the Blues have never won under Silva

For six minutes, it looked as if Silva’s woeful Everton record of never having won a league game after conceding the first goal might come to an end.

Then Michael Keane stood on someone’s foot and Marco Silva’s problems returned.

In the last 31 league games in which the Blues have conceded the first goal, Everton have not won a single game. The last time the Blues managed to come from behind to win was at home to Swansea in December 2017.

Keep it Short Tom

Davies completed 0 out of 5 attempted long balls

Tom Davies earned numerous plaudits for his composed display at home to West Ham last week, but some familiar bad habits reemerged against Brighton.

The 21-year-old was very loose on the ball, completing 76.2% of his passes, while none of his attempted long balls reached their target. For context, Andre Gomes -who also had a poor game - nevertheless managed to complete five of his six long balls.

Conceding From Set Pieces

Everton have conceded 6 goals from set pieces

Everton are top of the league! Well, for goals conceded from set pieces.

Another sloppy foul conceded enabled Pascal Groß to thump home the opener for Brighton. It’s normally corners, but Everton just provide gifts at every turn at the moment – just as they did in the first half of 2018/19.

Wasteful

Everton 4th in league for ‘big chances missed’

Another big issue facing Marco Silva is just how wasteful the Blues are in front of goal.

Indeed, with 16 big chances missed this season, only Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool (who all created a lot more chances) have missed more.

Man City have also scored 32, Chelsea 23 and Liverpool 23. Everton have managed just 10 goals in 10 games.

Holgate a Silver Lining

Defender proves doubters wrong with assist for DCL

At 23 years of age, Mason Holgate can no longer be looked at a young prospect. He needs to start showing that he is solid Premier League defender and fast.

He’s got no shortage of doubters among the Everton faithful, but he’s certainly the most technical centre-half we currently have available.

Aside from the yellow card, Holgate was one of Everton best performers. He enjoyed an excellent 93.3% pass success rate and completed three out of four long balls, while his driving run and beautiful through ball for Everton's second goal showed something that Michael Keane and Yerry Mina simply don’t have in the locker.

If he keeps putting in performances like this, Mina will struggle to fight his way back into the team.