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Despite trailing Brentford, Everton star singled out for praise following impressive first-half showing

Rafael Benitez was not a popular appointment at Goodison Park

Brentford vs Everton

Everton faced a trip to Brentford in one of several 2 pm Premier League kick-offs on Sunday.

The Toffees would head into the game on a pretty dire run of form.

Everton had lost four and drawn one of their last five league ties before Sunday and, as a result, slipped into the bottom half of the Premier League table.

Brentford, though, were on a similarly poor run of form before today. Thomas Frank’s side looked set to emulate the success of recently-promoted Leeds United in 2020/21 following an impressive start to the campaign, which included a win over Arsenal and a draw with Liverpool. However, the Bees, since, had too lost four and drawn one in five before today.

But, at the time of writing, Brentford are in front in the clash after Ivan Toney netted a penalty which was awarded following a high foot from Andros Townsend:

Everton star praised

Despite their collectively poor showing to this point in proceedings on Sunday, one Everton star has in fact received a fair bit of praise online for his display.

That man is Abdoulaye Doucoure, who is playing his first game for the Merseysiders since returning from injury.

Though his side currently trail, Doucoure’s importance to this Everton side has been on full display throughout, with just some of the positive reaction to the Frenchman’s display showcased below:

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 West Ham United 22 11 37
5 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
6 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
7 Manchester United 21 5 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 2 31
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Leicester City 19 -3 25
11 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
12 Southampton FC 21 -8 24
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14 Brentford FC 22 -11 23
15 Leeds United 20 -15 22
16 Everton FC 19 -10 19
17 Watford FC 19 -14 14
18 Norwich City 21 -35 13
19 Newcastle United 20 -23 12
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11

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Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
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