Brighton and Everton battle out dull 0-0 draw

 Brighton and Everton battle out dull 0-0 draw
BRIGHTON   -  Brighton & Hove Albion and Everton fought out a 0-0 draw in a dour Premier League clash on Monday after neither side managed to create any clear-cut chances with defences dominating at the Amex stadium. The result left Everton eighth on 48 points from 30 games while Brighton moved one place up to 15th on 33 points from 31 games, seven ahead of the relegation zone with 18th-placed Fulham on 26 points from 32 matches. Brighton manager Graham Potter was pleased with his team’s display although he conceded the final pass let the dominant Seagulls down. Everton captain Seamus Coleman acknowledged his side would be left kicking themselves for dropping points against the league’s struggling teams if they failed to qualify for European competition next season. Brighton had the upper hand in the first half and twice came close as Neal Maupay had a low shot deflected by Yerry Mina while Yves Bissouma fired over the bar with an acrobatic overhead kick from a tight angle. Jakub Moder blazed a first-time shot off target after a corner midway through the second half as Brighton continued to press before Maupay volleyed wide from inside the penalty area. Everton were forced to defend desperately as their keeper Robin Olsen tipped over a Lewis Dunk header in the 78th minute and the visitors also needed several frantic clearances in the closing stages to scrape a draw. 

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