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Michael Ball: Reason Pickford denies Everton a victory at Brighton…

Ball: Pickford cost Everton win against Brighton

Everton hero Michael Ball feels Jordan Pickford cost them three points against Brighton on Saturday.

The Blues were leading until a late own goal scored by Ashley Young.

Ball wrote for the Liverpool Echo: “I can’t help but feel that Jordan Pickford let himself down on Saturday afternoon. For Brighton’s goal, he simply must do better.

“And when I say he should do better, I don’t mean in terms of saving Kaoru Mitoma’s cross that took a wicked deflection off Ashley Young; I am talking about his role in the build-up to the piece of play that sees the Brighton man pick up the ball out wide.

“There is no doubting that Jordan’s kicking can be spectacular at times, but on Saturday he had absolutely no reason to rush his kick, which resulted in Brighton getting the ball back and then drawing level just seconds later.

“He doesn’t have to go for the Hollywood ball all the time. There are times when he should be reading the room and taking his time.”

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