New Year but the same old issues for Rafa Benitez as Everton slumped to a 3-2 defeat to Brighton.

Benitez’s position at Everton looks increasingly frail this season and another limp showing has only heightened the pressure on the Spaniard following defeat to Brighton.

And with Everton struggling for confidence, Brighton flew out of the blocks and into a 2-0 lead.

Alexis MacAllister steered home Neal Maupay’s knockdown and Dan Burn nodded home an unmarked header.

However, the Blues were handed a route back into it before the break, but the returning Dominic Calvert-Lewin fired his spot kick off the crossbar.

Everton did look to rally themselves after the restart, with academy star Anthony Gordon’s deflected strike hauling them back into it.

But it was to prove in vain in the final half hour as MacAllister cannoned home a brilliant third before Gordon popped up late on with an Everton consolation.

Full Time from Goodison Park it’s Everton 2-3 Brighton

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