Wayne Rooney’s 90th-minute penalty earned Everton a point against Brighton in a largely unremarkable encounter at the Amex Stadium.
Brighton looked set to secure their third successive home league win when Anthony Knockaert slotted home in the 82nd minute after Jose Izquierdo’s shot was blocked by Michael Keane.
But with the clock ticking down, defender Bruno, whose good work led to the Seagulls’ goal, elbowed Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the area as a free-kick was floated in.
Former England striker Rooney sent Mat Ryan the wrong way with his spot-kick, but the Australian rescued his side when he twice saved from substitute Kevin Mirallas in the closing seconds.
Lacklustre Everton frustrate again
Were it not for Bruno’s late indiscretion, it is likely Everton would have fallen to their fifth league defeat in eight league matches.
Bar an effort from Nikola Vlasic and a firm angled strike by Mason Holgate, they did little to cause panic in Brighton’s organised and lusty backline, once again admirably led by Lewis Dunk.
The visitors did come close to snatching all three points in the final seconds, but that would have been akin to paint covering damp.
Rooney was impotent up front and £45m signing Gylfi Sigurdsson once again looked off-key – he had one effort on goal, a 20-yard free-kick which, uncharacteristically, flew very wide.
Nearly £150m was spent to improve this Everton squad in the summer, but they have scored only seven goals in their past 13 league matches under Koeman, and more pertinently have two wins in eight games.
The Toffees, who move up one place to 16th, next host Arsenal in the league.
Brighton grow in confidence
Brighton were hosting an Everton side lacking in confidence, but nevertheless one expected to beat them.
So it says much about the Seagulls that they will be disappointed not to have won.
And had it not been for the heroics of Toffees defender Keane, they might have achieved that feat. The ex-Burnley player made an outstanding block to deny Dunk in the first half, and threw himself in front of a Knockaert drive moments before Brighton scored.
Like their opponents, Chris Hughton’s side also have eight points from eight games, but they are 14th – above the Toffees and West Ham on goal difference.
More to follow.