James strikes twice to send Everton top of the table


James Rodriguez has scored a second-half double as Everton beat Brighton & Hove Albion 4-2 to maintain their 100 per cent record and claim top spot in the Premier League.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Yerry Mina scored the goals as Everton made it four wins out of four, putting them three points ahead of champions Liverpool and Leicester, who each play on Sunday.

Everton made the perfect start when striker Calvert-Lewin netted his ninth goal in all competitions this season after just 16 minutes.

Brighton drew level four minutes from the break when Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford dropped the ball and gifted Neal Maupay an easy goal.

But Colombian defender Mina restored Everton's lead just before half-time, heading home Rodriguez's free-kick to put Everton 2-1 up at the break.

In the second half, James raced away to collect his first home goal and followed it with another in the 70th minute.

Yves Bissouma scored a stunning long-range goal for Brighton in injury time but Everton had already ensured their seventh win in all competitions, a club record start for the Toffees.

"We played well and managed the game well," Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti said.

"Brighton had possession but we were composed defensively and had opportunities to score on the counter-attack. We were good on set-pieces as usual."

in other action, Callum Wilson scored twice to lead Newcastle to a 3-1 victory that left Burnley without a point after three matches.

Newcastle is sixth with seven points from four games.

Source AAP