Seamus Coleman reels away in celebration following his second-half collectors' item
Silva paid £27.5 million to bring Mina to Goodison Park from Barcelona, and having been forced to wait a long time for a foot issue to clear up, the Portuguese boss is likely to want to build his defence around the Colombia global.
The home side dominated possession and after 25 minutes were in front when Gylfi Sigurdsson surged forward and exchanged passes with Bernard before laying the ball off for Richarlison who scored with an angled finish.
Everton remained in the ascendancy, with Alireza Jahanbakhsh fortunate not to be penalised for a clumsy challenge on Lucas Digne in the box, but they levelled when Dunk climbed above Kurt Zouma to power past Jordan Pickford.
Marco Silva's side regained their advantage shortly after halftime, however, with captain Seamus Coleman firing a low finish from the edge of the area. "It's a shame to concede the goal we did to let them back in the game but I thought we controlled most of the game and I think it's a fair result".
Hughton admitted that it was not an easy game for his side but they tried to battle on during a tough second half where Everton added two more goals to their tally. He fights and enjoys the game.
"I've been here nine years and had good spells of form and bad spells of form. For us to play well and score goals we need to do big work", Silva told the BBC.
Brighton ended the game with 10 men as Alireza Jahanbakhsh had to come off injured in the final minutes after Brighton had used all three of their substitutions. We have to do better.
Brazil forward Richarlison has "all the attributes" to follow in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo and become an explosive central attacker, according to a Premier League legend. There will be ups and downs.
"There will be teams who have had bigger injury lists than what we have".
"You always have to look as a whole".
"He can give very good things for us as a striker as well, he can give good things as a winger. We have to accept that and be better next time".