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Burnley 2-1 Everton

Chris Wood scores Burnley's winner against Everton
Substitute Chris Wood rose above Michael Keane to head Burnley's winner against Everton

Burnley ended a run of 11 Premier League matches without a win by coming from behind to beat Everton at Turf Moor.

Substitute Chris Wood took advantage of woeful defending to head in the winner from Johann Berg Gudmundsson's corner on 80 minutes.

Cenk Tosun had put the visitors in front on 20 minutes with his first Everton goal, heading past Burnley keeper Nick Pope from Seamus Coleman's neat flick.

The Clarets responded superbly, forcing Jordan Pickford into three excellent saves before Ashley Barnes equalised by converting Matthew Lowton's immaculate through ball from deep.

A dreadful second half from Everton was compounded by the sending-off of captain Ashley Williams for elbowing Barnes late on.

Victory takes Burnley five points behind sixth-placed Arsenal and is the first time they have won in the Premier League under Sean Dyche after conceding first.

England's next number one?

With Gareth Southgate in attendance at Turf Moor, Pickford and Pope had the opportunity to advance their claims to be part of England's World Cup squad this summer.

Southgate's decision may be no clearer after the game - while Pope was perhaps more solid overall, Pickford provided the spectacular.

The Everton keeper made three tremendous saves, the first a dive to his right to keep out Barnes' sharp header from Lowton's cross on 30 minutes.

After the interval, Pickford produced an excellent one-handed stop to his left to thwart Aaron Lennon's curving strike before tipping over Ben Mee's glancing header from the resulting corner.

Yet, while his shot-stopping was prodigious, his decision-making was contentious.

He could perhaps have been quicker off his line for Barnes' equaliser, and could not battle through the bodies to claim Gudmundsson's corner for the winner - although his defenders were most at fault for both.

Pope, meanwhile, made three more regulation saves but looked composed, continuing to impress in the absence of the injured Tom Heaton.

Pickford and Pope could well be involved in Southgate's squad for matches against the Netherlands and Italy at the end of March but, with Joe Hart still out of West Ham's starting XI, both may have to do more to be England's next number one.

One run ends, another drags on

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Burnley 2-1 Everton: We've got more to do after hitting 40 points - Sean Dyche

Burnley had not won in the league since a 1-0 victory over Stoke on 12 December but had clung onto seventh place thanks to six draws and the erratic form of the sides below them.

This win takes Dyche's men to 40 points, already matching their total from last year as they look to finish seventh, which would mean they qualify for the Europa League if one of the top six sides wins the FA Cup.

Despite Tosun's opener, the hosts were the brighter side in the early stages, with Barnes a constant menace for a shaky Everton defence and Lennon impressing against his former club.

Right-back Lowton was outstanding, his through ball from near the halfway line weighted perfectly for Barnes to collect and score.

Tosun linked up well with Theo Walcott and Gylfi Sigurdsson in the first half but Everton fell away after the break, extending their poor away form to five straight Premier League defeats on the road.

Sigurdsson had a chance to restore Everton's lead two minutes before Wood scored but sliced wide after a brilliant first touch, yet it was weak defending that again undid Sam Allardyce's side.

Wood easily evaded Williams to leap over Michael Keane for the winner, with the frustrated Toffees captain then clashing with Barnes in the Burnley area late on to be dismissed by referee Chris Kavanagh on another miserable away day for Everton.

'Unprofessional' Williams caps miserable day

Williams caught Barnes with his elbow, and did not protest when he was sent off.

After the match, Allardyce told Sky Sports he had "no complaints" with the red card, adding Williams had been "unprofessional".

Considering Everton's defensive frailty, an enforced change of personnel at the back may be a blessing over the next three matches, with Phil Jagielka close to returning to fitness.

"I feel worse than the fans - they won't believe this - but it's my responsibility," Allardyce told BBC Sport.

The reaction from the travelling Everton fans at the final whistle suggests Allardyce was right about that disbelief.

Man of the match - Matthew Lowton (Burnley)

Burnley's Matthew Lowton
Burnley right-back Lowton was impressive throughout, particularly his curving assist from deep to set up Barnes' equaliser

'It's simply not good enough' - reaction

Burnley manager Sean Dyche, speaking to Match of the Day: "It was a thorough performance and winning one. The were some quality moments in it, especially the pass from Lowton for Barnes' goal - it was as good a pass as you will see.

"We have more to do. We wanted to correct the run and we have done that. Hopefully that freedom in the second half is something we can carry on."

Everton manager Sam Allardyce on Match of the Day: "We lost it by not scoring the second goal when we had clear, clear opportunities.

"We gifted them a goal which lifted the spirits around the ground. And I always dislike conceding from a corner, it could be avoided. That's five away defeats on the trot. It's simply not good enough.

"I feel worse than the fans - they won't believe this - but it's my responsibility. I go home and say to myself 'how do I put this right?' For me to see the players under perform in the second half is very disappointing for me. It's my problem to sort it out."

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Burnley 2-1 Everton: Toffees 'gifted' Burnley the win - Sam Allardyce

Burnley equal record points tally - match stats

  • Burnley have equalled their best Premier League points tally in a single season (40 - level with 2016-17), with nine games remaining.
  • Everton have now lost 19 competitive games in 2017-18; their most in a single season since 2005-06 (21).
  • Dyche took charge of his 250th game as Burnley manager (W98 D73 L79) - the first to reach this landmark at the club since Stan Ternent (June 1998 - May 2004).
  • Everton have lost their past five Premier League away games and have just one victory in their past 23 on the road (D9 L13).
  • Tosun is the 10th Turkish player to score in the Premier League and the first to do so since Jem Karacan on 4th May 2013 (for Reading v Fulham), 1764 days ago.

What's next?

Burnley travel to West Ham on Saturday, 10 March and Everton host Brighton on the same day, with both games kicking off at 15:00 GMT.



  • 29Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6Mee
  • 23Ward
  • 25Lennon
  • 18WestwoodBooked at 36mins
  • 4Cork
  • 17Berg Gudmundsson
  • 13HendrickSubstituted forWoodat 45'minutes
  • 10Barnes


  • 7Nkoudou
  • 8Marney
  • 9Vokes
  • 11Wood
  • 22Lindegaard
  • 26Bardsley
  • 28Long


  • 1Pickford
  • 23Coleman
  • 5WilliamsBooked at 86mins
  • 4Keane
  • 15Martina
  • 26DaviesSubstituted forRooneyat 59'minutes
  • 17Gueye
  • 18G SigurdssonSubstituted forBolasieat 83'minutes
  • 11Walcott
  • 14TosunSubstituted forNiasseat 68'minutes
  • 29Calvert-LewinBooked at 26mins


  • 2Schneiderlin
  • 3Baines
  • 7Bolasie
  • 10Rooney
  • 19Niasse
  • 30Holgate
  • 33Robles
Chris Kavanagh

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamEverton
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Match ends, Burnley 2, Everton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burnley 2, Everton 1.

Matthew Lowton (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oumar Niasse (Everton).

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cuco Martina (Everton).

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Jack Cork.

Offside, Burnley. Nick Pope tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.


Ashley Williams (Everton) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Williams (Everton).

Foul by Matthew Lowton (Burnley).

Yannick Bolasie (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton).


Substitution, Everton. Yannick Bolasie replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

Cuco Martina (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


Goal! Burnley 2, Everton 1. Chris Wood (Burnley) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Johann Berg Gudmundsson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Wayne Rooney.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Lennon (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Michael Keane.

Attempt missed. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ashley Westwood.

Attempt missed. Oumar Niasse (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Seamus Coleman with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Chris Wood (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matthew Lowton with a cross.

Offside, Burnley. Stephen Ward tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.

Stephen Ward (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Keane (Everton).

Foul by Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley).

Theo Walcott (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


Substitution, Everton. Oumar Niasse replaces Cenk Tosun.

Foul by James Tarkowski (Burnley).

Michael Keane (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

Attempt blocked. Chris Wood (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Barnes with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Lennon with a cross.

Attempt saved. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matthew Lowton.

Attempt missed. Cenk Tosun (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dominic Calvert-Lewin with a cross.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Cuco Martina.


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