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Jürgen Locadia strike enough to steer Brighton to victory over Everton

A mere six weeks ago, Jürgen Locadia suggested he would use the winter months of a bleak first year in England “to think if this is still good for me”. It certainly looks pretty satisfying from Brighton’s point of view now. The suggestion Locadia, a £14m signing who had not scored in the Premier League before the Boxing Day draw with Arsenal, would earn Brighton a four-point haul from two fiendish home assignments might have drawn blank looks earlier in the month but his Premier League career now has lift-off. His close-range winner, awarded at length after Robert Madley had originally ruled it out for offside, punished a sloppy start to the second half from Everton and ensured Brighton put a four-game winless run well behind them.

Everton’s previous four games had brought 22 goals and wildly differing fortunes. It was asking a lot for the middle fixture of the Christmas schedule to offer similar knockabout fun, though; players are not machines, as Marco Silva pointed out after resting Richarlison for most of the 5-1 win at Burnley on Boxing Day, and a 270-mile trip to the south coast was not obviously conducive to another flying start.

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