Abdoulaye scores twice as Toffees breathe life on Premier League survival bid

Brighton 1-5 Everton

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Match highlights as Everton secure only their second away Premier League win of the season with a stunning 5-1 victory at Brighton to move out of the relegation zone; Abdoulaye scores twice before Steele’s own goal put Everton 3-0 up at half-time.

Everton injected life into their Premier League survival bid as a first-half blitz at high-flying Brighton secured a shock 5-1 victory on the south coast.

Having won just once in their previous 11 league games, the visitors needed just 33 seconds to break the deadlock through Abdoulaye’s close-range finish. The excellent Doucoure doubled Everton’s lead with a controlled volley from Dwight McNeil’s 29th-minute cross before Steele miscalculated a cutback from the former Burnley winger to divert the ball into his net in the 35th minute.

Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi made four changes at the interval and the hosts hit the woodwork on two occasions before McNeil made a fine performance with a goal of his own to sucker-punch the Seagulls in the 76th minute.

Alexis Mac had to score a consolation for the hosts after Kaoru had an initial effort rebounded back off the post. With virtually the final kick, McNeil was unleashed by Amadou with his angled finish high into the roof of the net completing a stunning away performance. The result moves Everton from 19th up to 16th in the table ahead of Nottingham Forest’s home clash with Southampton later on Monday, two points outside of the relegation zone.