By Declan Walsh

9th May, 2023 | 7:10pm

Jim White stunned by Everton development, says it 'defied logic' live on talkSPORT

Jim White claims it “defied logic” that Everton won 5-1 away at Brighton on Monday to move out of the Premier League relegation zone.

Everton’s Premier League safety now lies in their own hands as their win at the AMEX leaves them 17th on 32 points, two points clear of Leicester and Leeds in 18th and 19th respectively, with three games to play.

Simon Jordan believes that a shock result was always on the cards in the Premier League’s relegation battle this season after White shared his failure to believe what he saw on the south coast on 8 May.

Speaking on talkSPORT on Tuesday (9 May, 10:09am), White said: “I mean, the game as we know can throw up shocks.

“But that defied belief – that defied logic. No one could have seen that coming.

“It was the first time Everton have scored three first-half goals in the Premier League since 2018.

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“No wonder we didn’t see it coming.”

Jordan replied: “You look at these games that these three sides have got that are really contesting the bottom-three spots, which are Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Everton. They are probably the ones that are most challenged.

“And you look at it and think, ‘there’s got to be a result that comes out of nowhere, a freak result’.

“On paper, that looks like it.”

Unbelievable, indeed

If you were told that Everton would win at Brighton, you’d assume it would have been a smash-and-grab 1-0 victory wouldn’t you?

No one would have guessed that a Sean Dyche side that’s struggled for goals all season would smash five goals past Europa League-chasing Brighton, who’ve been the surprise package in the league this term.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin seems to finally be getting back to his best, or at least near to the best level he was once at.

Dwight McNeil showed his ruthless side while Abdoulaye Doucoure proved why he has the ability to be one of the best midfielders in the Premier League outside of the big six.

It was a monumental victory, built on the foundations of a very strong defence where Jordan Pickford played brilliantly in goals.

Can we stay up?

It’s still going to be difficult because if we can do that at Brighton, what’s stopping Forest from picking up six points against Chelsea and Arsenal in their next two games?

Nothing is certain.