Everton cruise to victory despite Rooney penalty…

Everton leapfrogged their opponents with another home success

With AP Photos.Everton eased any relegation concerns with a 2-0 win over 10-man Brighton in the English Premier League on Saturday, with Wayne Rooney missing a penalty that would have secured a bigger margin of victory.

The former Newcastle boss harked back to what he cites as historical problems with away form, though, before saying that the players did well to deal with a pressure he must imagine Evertonians were heaping on them today when - in fact - the support for the players was at it's usual standard from the home fans.

Allardyce also confirmed that Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye missed the win through illness, adding: 'We knew Morgan was ill and I think Gana has caught the same bug so first thing this morning we got the call that he couldn't make it so we had a little think about it.

Shane Duffy blocked a Rooney shot at the start of the second half before Everton surprised Brighton by taking the lead.

Brighton, who beat Arsenal on Sunday, are undefeated since 20 January and sit 10th in the table in their first season in the Premier League. A Yannick Bolasie header was as close as they came to an opener.

Allardyce's side had eight shots at goal in the opening period, but couldn't create enough clear-cut chances. Once the first goal goes in it lifts the crowd here and it becomes very hard.

Tosun then scored for the second game running as he fired in off the underside of the crossbar and Knockaert was dismissed for the Seagulls having lunged in on the returning Leighton Baines, before Mat Ryan made an excellent save from Rooney's spot-kick.

That reprieve could not galvanise Brighton, as Everton leapfrogged their opponents with another home success.

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