Rafael Benitez was delighted that his Everton side weathered a “very physical” challenge against Sean Dyches Burnley on Monday night.
The Toffees got off to a good start this season. At the start of the game on Monday evening, they scored seven out of nine possible points in the Premier League.
Everton had to work to win at Goodison Park when they fell back against Burnley.
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Ben Mee scored shortly after half-time when he headed a Johann Berg Gudmundsson free-kick into the goal.
This prelude alarmed the hosts when they equalized a few minutes later. Andros Townsend’s spot-on cross was hit by Michael Keane and the defender cut a fine figure as his header hit the bottom corner.
Townsend was back on top when Everton took the lead shortly thereafter. The winger cut inward, unleashing a stunning left-footed foot that slid past Nick Pope in the top corner.
The result was made unequivocal a minute later. Abdoulaye Doucoure brought Demarai Gray right into the goal with a terrific pass. The formally strong attacker was calm when he hit the net to make it 3-1.
That is how it ended and that result confirms Everton’s unbeaten start to the new season.
Benitez told BBC Sports after the win, Townsend and Gray are both “eager to learn”:
“It was a good game, very physically. It wasn’t easy, but overall we were ok. ” Benitez called.
“When we scored our goal, we had more confidence, played 4-3-3, had more chances and could have scored more goals.
“Really happy with the connection between the team and the fans. We want to build a fortress here.
“Both Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend are quality and good professionals. They are inquisitive, even Andros his age. The main thing about this team was that everyone said we needed wingers. Richarlison did a great job today too and the two wingers helped the striker do better.
“Dominic Calvert-Lewin broke his toe, played in pain, now he has a problem with his quads and we have to see.”
About James Rodriguez: “Not much changes, we’re talking about strikers and wingers. Nobody can argue about the quality of James, but he stands behind the rest.