Everton had to come from behind to keep their unbeaten start to the Premier League season when they spectacularly beat Burnley at Goodison Park.
The toffees were relatively poor for an hour with the clarets being the stronger side. Both teams had chances in the first half, but the latter were worth their lead when it was hit by a Ben Mee header shortly after the break.
A tactical move from Rafa Benitez was key for Everton. The boss abandoned a 3-4-3 system, which gave Burnley too much opportunity to attack in large areas, and switched to 4-3-3.
That gave Abdoulaye Doucoure more freedom to play to his strengths, although it was actually a Michael Keane header that got the hosts back on track. Andros Townsend then scored his first goal for the club with a sensational long-range drive before Doucoure slashed the Burnley defense with an inch-perfect through pass for Demarai Gray to score Everton’s third.
All three Everton goals came in just seven minutes and overwhelmed Burnley in shock.
The situation calmed down shortly afterwards, but by then the damage was done.
Jordan Pickford (TW) 6/10: Made a crucial save in the first half despite being aimed straight at him.
Yerry Mina (CB) 5/10: Not strong enough when Burnley broke the deadlock with a ball into the box.
Ben Godfrey (CB) 6/10: Tactically sacrificed to the hour to give Everton more.
Michael Keane (CB) 7/10: Has his team back on par with a well-placed header.
Seamus Coleman (RM) 6/10: More effective in the second half than a conventional right-back.
Allan (CM) 6/10: Did his job well, patrolling midfield and shielding the defense in open play.
Abdoulaye Doucoure (CM) 8/10: He was lucky enough not to miss a penalty, but there was plenty of space between the penalty areas and his ragged pass gave Everton the third goal.
Lucas Digne (LM) 6/10: He didn’t get as far as he normally would have wanted.
Andros Townsend (RW) 7/10: Was relatively calm until he helped Everton’s equalizer with an excellent cross. Then he came up with an even better goal of his own.
Richarlison (ST) 6/10: Presented in the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Looked frustrated when he got out.
Demarai Gray (LW) 7/10: Continues his good start to his Everton career with another good goal – that’s now three out of four appearances.
André Gomes (CM) 6/10: The mission is to give Everton more creativity in midfield.
Salomon Rondon (ST) 5/10: Everton debut, probably not enough time to get going.
Alex Iwobi (LW) N / A
Nick Papst (TW) 6/10: A nice save to keep the score in the first half. Didn’t have little chance with any of the Everton goals.
Matthew Lowton (RB) 6/10: The damage came from the other side of the field.
James Tarkowski (CB) 6/10: Stand firm until the insane seven minutes that dominated the game.
Ben Mee (CB) 7/10: He scored a nice header on his 200th Premier League game and was strong until Burnley suddenly collapsed just after an hour.
Charlie Taylor (LB) 5/10: Could have done more to get closer to Townsend when Everton took the lead. That turned out to be crucial.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson (RM) 6/10: Possession was superbly recycled to bring a spot-on cross into the box for Burnley to take the opening goal. Never ignored his defense duties.
Ashley Westwood (CM) 6/10: Generally had a decent game in midfield, especially before half-time.
Josh Brownhill (CM) 5/10: Wants to know he should have scored in the first half.
Dwight McNeil (LM) 6/10: Burnley’s primary source of creativity in the early stages. His influence waned as Everton later grew into the game.
Ashley Barnes (ST) 6/10: Asked questions from Everton defense lawyers.
Chris Wood (ST) 5/10: It was a missed opportunity not to attack a delicious McNeil cross early on. Also guilty of lax marking in his own penalty area when Everton equalized.
Aaron Lennon (RM) 5/10: Didn’t affect his return to the Premier League.
Matej Vydra (ST) 5/10: The service wasn’t there to bring Burnley back into play.
Jay Rodriguez (ST) N / A
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