Carlo Ancelotti delivers verdict on Brighton and Graham Potter after Everton star hails 'fantastic, well-coached' side

Everton captain Seamus Coleman hailed Brighton as a 'fantastic and very well coached' team after this evening's goalless draw at the Amex.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 11:12 pm
Updated Monday, 12th April 2021, 11:54 pm
Brighton and Everton played out a goalless draw at the Amex. (Photo by Paul Childs - Pool/Getty Images)

It was a familiar tale for Albion, who dominated the game but failed to score from any of their 23 shots on goal. They were, however, solid defensively once again, restricting the visitors to only one shot on target.

Coleman said injury-hit Everton 'obviously wanted to win the game' but gave 'credit where it's due' to a 'very good' Brighton side.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Republic of Ireland international added: "It's a point away from home. They made it difficult for us.

"Our disappointment comes from maybe not picking up all three points against Crystal Palace. You can always argue this is a good point away from home.

"It's a point and a clean sheet. We wanted all three but credit to Brighton, who are a fantastic side and very well coached."

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti was asked for his opinion on Brighton and Graham Potter's tactics in his post-match press conference.

"It's a team that likes to play football," he said. "They play quite efficient.

"[They have] a good position on the pitch and a good strategy. They try to play between the lines. You can see they have a good manager."

Ancelotti said the result makes the Toffees' quest for a European place 'more difficult' but stressed that they are 'still in the fight'.

Coleman shared a similar view.

He said: "We are six points off fifth with a game in hand so have something to play for between now and the end of the season so it's important we do that.

"It would be a massive disappointment [if we didn't qualify for Europe]. We have been given opportunities this season by other results. We just had to look after ourselves and we would have been in a better position."