Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion could not be separated after playing to a goalless draw in Premier League action on Monday night.
Percy Tau didn’t feature for the second time in a row as Brighton remained unchanged from the loss at Manchester United whereas the Toffees missed star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Brighton wasted a good opportunity to take the lead 15 minutes in after Danny Welbeck squandered a half-volley from a cross to the back-post.
The Toffees should’ve taken the lead on the half-hour mark when a cross from the right-side by Seamus Coleman picked out Tom Davies, who unfortunately headed wide of the near corner.
Yves Bissouma came inches close to the breakthrough for Brighton 12 minutes from the break with an overhead kick far wide of the area, but instead he nestled the top of the net.
The Seagulls entered the first five minutes of the second half still chasing the opener with a snap effort from close-range by Neal Maupay guided behind for a corner-kick by Robin Olsen.
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A muscle strain on Yerry Mina inside 12 minutes from the break forced Everton to a change as Alex Iwobi came on for the Colombian international.
Everton struggled to get forward following 63 minutes and could’ve gone behind through a first-time shot in the area by Jakub Moder following a corner, but the attempt flew over the top.
A swift in momentum though seven minutes later found James Rodriguez in from a tight angle in the area, but Robert Sanchez parried before Maupay and Lewis Dunk went close at the other end.
An open affair followed in the closing stages with chances either end through Adam Lallana and Iwobi however in the end, the match finished goalless.