Koeman relieved after Rooney penalty saves point for Everton

Lawrence Cooper
October 16, 2017

Knockaert had given Brighton the lead eight minutes earlier when Morgan Schneiderlin failed to clear the ball in his own box.

But a foul on Dominic Calvert-Lewin allowed Wayne Rooney to step up and slot home a late penalty to spare Koeman's blushes in the trip to the Seagulls.

Brighton have been handed a massive boost as Davy Propper who has started every Premier League game for them so far is fit after picking up an injury on worldwide duty. "If I don't get pressure from outside I put pressure on myself".

"We have been in every game and are going to have to play at a certain level - if you play below that you'll get beat".

"The player had several problems physically and we tried to solve that problem". And Benitez admitted he thought McCarthy was a "good player" when quizzed about the club's interest in the summer - though Everton's £25 million price tag means a deal quickly became unfeasible.

- Everton are winless in their last 12 away Premier League games - their longest such run since a run of 13 ending in March 2002.

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Koeman's frustration looked like turning to despair when Jose Izquierdo's drive rebounded into the path of Knockaert, who smashed it past Jordan Pickford to give the hosts the lead in the 82nd minute.

At St Mary's Manolo Gabbiadini earned Southampton a point by scoring both goals in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle.

There was nothing to separate the old friends in a hard-fought clash, with the first goal coming in the 20th minute.

So far this season, Benitez has guided Newcastle to 10th in the Premier League with three wins and a draw from seven games.

Christian Atsu's driven effort was blocked by Maya Yoshida, but with Fraser Forster already diving to his left, Hayden's first-time shot wrong-footed the goalkeeper.

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