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We are in a difficult situation but …. - Everton boss Koema

16 October 2017

Nevertheless the Dutchman felt it was a performance Everton can build on as they bid to kick-start their stuttering season.

"The commitment of the players and the belief was good".

Keane said: "James seems to be getting a lot of injuries at Everton, so I don't think we've anything to worry about in terms of how much we push James".

"It's 1-0 down in a hard situation and the team need points".

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"It's not easy in the Premier League, and going to Brighton, so let's hope that point gives the boys a little bit of confidence".

"Taking penalties is not the most hard job but, at that moment, if your team needs points and you keep calm then that is experience and that is world-class".

The Dutchman said: "Sometimes an global break is good for everybody and of course Gylfi qualifying for the World Cup, that gives always a good boost to the player and that's important that they come back with a lot of positives".

Despite a television-friendly kick-off slot the match was not actually screened anywhere in the United Kingdom - although bizarrely it was live in India.

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Anthony Knockaert had given Brighton the lead only a few moments earlier, before a moment of madness from Bruno saw the host's captain appear to elbow Mason Holgate in the face and concede the spot-kick.

Brighton were left hanging on at the end, with Ryan ultimately crucial in ensuring they secured a point, as the goalkeeper made a brilliant double save to deny Kevin Mirallas in stoppage time. "Because of the timing, it feels more like a defeat".

A slow start in the Premier League, with only four goals scored to date, has been compounded by inconsistency in the Europa League, where Everton have been beaten 3-0 by modest Italian side Atalanta and drawn 2-2 with Apollon Limassol at home.

"They were great saves from the keeper".

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We are in a difficult situation but …. - Everton boss Koema