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Football: Rooney rides to Everton’s rescue, Gabbiadini saves Saints

– Wayne Rooney came to Ronald Koeman s rescue as the Everton striker s last-gasp penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw at Brighton, while Manolo Gabbiadini s brace gave Southampton a 2-2 draw against Newcastle on Sunday.

Everton boss Koeman was on the brink of another damaging defeat after Anthony Knockaert put Brighton ahead eight minutes from full-time at the Amex Stadium.

But Brighton captain Bruno was penalised for fouling Dominic Calvert-Lewin in stoppage-time and Rooney stepped up to score the crucial equaliser.

“We are in a difficult situation but it s one thing to come out of this and show fight like we did today,” Koeman said.

“At least we got one point, a point well deserved. We were mostly the better team.

“My whole football life is pressure, if I don t get pressure from outside I put pressure on myself.”

While Koeman will be relieved to avoid a fifth defeat in Everton s last six Premier League games, the Toffees once again looked poor for long periods and remain without an away win since January.

The under-fire Dutchman tried to solve Everton s goalscoring problems by restoring Rooney to the attack, but until the penalty the former England captain hardly had a sniff of goal.

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