Rafael Benitez believes that Richarlison just wants to score goals as he was denied the opportunity to take a penalty by Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The latter stepped up to bury the spot kick. Earlier, Demarai Gray fired the Toffees ahead with a clinical finish. Calvert-Lewin then scored his third goal in three games to fire them into the top four. Benitez revealed that Richarlison would have stepped up to take the second penalty had Everton received one.
“We had a conversation before the match and I told them that if we had two penalties, the first one is Dominic and the second one is Richarlison,” Rafael Benitez said about Richarlison. “He wants to score goals, it’s normal, but I’m pleased we won and that Dominic scored. And everyone has to be happy with that.”
“No I don’t think so, that is a positive thing for me, that he was trying to compete,” he added. “The player has played in the Copa America and after that the Olympics, he’s had no holiday and is back and working really hard for the team. So I’m very happy with him. And hopefully, the next time we have two penalties, he can take the second one.”
Brighton suffered their first defeat of the Premier League season but Graham Potter sang the praises of a much improved Everton side.
“I reckon we played against a good opponent, and we have to give them credit,” said Potter. “We didn’t quite hit our normal level, and we missed Solly March’s balance on the left. I didn’t think we were bad, we just weren’t that good. And I thought Everton were good today.”