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Everton 3-1 Burnley: Andros Townsend caps comeback win for Toffees

By Alistair MagowanBBC Sport at Goodison Park
Andros Townsend
Andros Townsend beat Nick Pope with a stunning goal from 25 yards

Andros Townsend's brilliant goal capped another comeback win for Everton as victory over Burnley moved them level on points with the Premier League's top three.

Townsend, a free transfer arrival in the summer, also set up an equaliser for Michael Keane, whose header cancelled out Ben Mee's nodded finish on his 200th appearance for the Clarets.

Five minutes later, the Everton winger scored himself with a curling 25-yard finish into the top corner to send Goodison delirious.

It got even better for the home fans as a minute later Abdoulaye Doucoure's lovely through ball found Demarai Gray, who tucked past Nick Pope for his third goal of the season.

It completed an amazing turnaround for Rafael Benitez's side, who now sit level with Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool on 10 points after an unbeaten start to the campaign.

A dramatic game was also punctuated by moments of controversy when Mee was body-checked by Richarlison, who escaped punishment. Burnley defender James Tarkowski seemed to exact revenge on the Brazilian with a full-blooded challenge by the sidelines.

But, in both cases, referee Martin Atkinson deemed there was no foul, let alone further punishment.

Benitez was particularly incensed by the tackle on the Everton forward, who was operating up front on his own in the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The England striker is set to miss two to three weeks with thigh and toe injuries, although Benitez said after the game that it could be longer.

The Everton boss, however, will be pleased his side came through a tough encounter without their top scorer as an exciting start to the season continued.

Burnley are still searching for their first win and remain 18th with a single point.

Townsend the architect of stunning win

Everton 3-1 Burnley: Benitez praises Townsend and Gray 'quality' after Everton's comeback win

The reaction from home fans to this success was in stark contrast to the end of the first half, where Burnley edged an ugly encounter.

After also coming from behind to beat Southampton on the opening weekend by the same scoreline, Benitez once again showed he still has the magic touch.

On that occasion a tactical tweak turned the game in Everton's favour. This time it was Townsend who was the architect of a fine victory, which banished memories of their poor home form last season under former boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Townsend and Gray have been revelations since signing for the Toffees for a grand total of £1.7m this summer.

Their constant running has injected pace and versatility into the side and, on a day when Everton missed Calvert-Lewin and a 3-4-3 formation seemed to be misfiring, the pair showed why they are fast becoming fans' favourites.

They were largely silent in the first period, however, as Everton struggled to deal with a direct and robust Sean Dyche side.

Everton 3-1 Burnley: 'Mad' six minutes cost Clarets, says Sean Dyche

Dwight McNeil, linked with a move to Everton in the transfer window and scorer of the winner here last season, served up a delicious cross to Chris Wood, who could not get a firm contact on his header. Mee and Josh Brownhill also went close.

But a sedate match sparked into life around the half-hour mark when the home crowd were quick to show their frustration with the players and tempers began to flare on the pitch.

Richarlison body-checked Mee, with Ashley Westwood and Seamus Coleman - who shrugged off a hamstring injury to start - arguing in the aftermath.

Tarkowski seemed to seek retribution by steaming through Richarlison on the touchline.

In the end, three Everton goals in six minutes, and a debut for new striker Salomon Rondon, proved the best response of all.

Player of the match

TownsendAndros Townsend

with an average of 7.81

Everton

  1. Squad number14Player nameTownsend
    Average rating

    7.81

  2. Squad number11Player nameGray
    Average rating

    7.71

  3. Squad number16Player nameDoucouré
    Average rating

    7.36

  4. Squad number6Player nameAllan
    Average rating

    6.86

  5. Squad number21Player nameAndré Gomes
    Average rating

    6.74

  6. Squad number5Player nameKeane
    Average rating

    6.71

  7. Squad number23Player nameColeman
    Average rating

    6.58

  8. Squad number7Player nameRicharlison
    Average rating

    6.40

  9. Squad number1Player namePickford
    Average rating

    6.39

  10. Squad number13Player nameMina
    Average rating

    6.32

  11. Squad number12Player nameDigne
    Average rating

    6.29

  12. Squad number22Player nameGodfrey
    Average rating

    6.22

  13. Squad number17Player nameIwobi
    Average rating

    6.08

  14. Squad number33Player nameRondón
    Average rating

    6.02

Burnley

  1. Squad number6Player nameMee
    Average rating

    5.89

  2. Squad number1Player namePope
    Average rating

    5.84

  3. Squad number11Player nameMcNeil
    Average rating

    5.76

  4. Squad number3Player nameTaylor
    Average rating

    5.53

  5. Squad number9Player nameWood
    Average rating

    5.47

  6. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill
    Average rating

    5.43

  7. Squad number2Player nameLowton
    Average rating

    5.41

  8. Squad number7Player nameGudmundsson
    Average rating

    5.41

  9. Squad number18Player nameWestwood
    Average rating

    5.38

  10. Squad number5Player nameTarkowski
    Average rating

    5.33

  11. Squad number10Player nameBarnes
    Average rating

    5.09

  12. Squad number17Player nameLennon
    Average rating

    4.75

  13. Squad number27Player nameVydra
    Average rating

    4.56

  14. Squad number19Player nameRodriguez
    Average rating

    4.55

Line-ups

Everton

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Pickford
  • 13Mina
  • 22GodfreySubstituted forAndré Gomesat 61'minutes
  • 5Keane
  • 23Coleman
  • 16Doucouré
  • 6Allan
  • 12Digne
  • 14TownsendBooked at 53mins
  • 7RicharlisonSubstituted forRondónat 81'minutes
  • 11GraySubstituted forIwobiat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kenny
  • 4Holgate
  • 15Begovic
  • 17Iwobi
  • 21André Gomes
  • 24Gordon
  • 25Gbamin
  • 26Davies
  • 33Rondón

Burnley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6Mee
  • 3Taylor
  • 7GudmundssonSubstituted forLennonat 76'minutes
  • 18Westwood
  • 8BrownhillBooked at 47mins
  • 11McNeil
  • 9WoodSubstituted forRodriguezat 86'minutes
  • 10BarnesSubstituted forVydraat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Cork
  • 13Hennessey
  • 17Lennon
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 20Cornet
  • 23Pieters
  • 26Bardsley
  • 27Vydra
  • 37Thomas
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
38,354

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home3
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Everton 3, Burnley 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Everton 3, Burnley 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Charlie Taylor.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Séamus Coleman.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Westwood.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dwight McNeil with a cross.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Alex Iwobi replaces Demarai Gray.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Jay Rodriguez replaces Chris Wood.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Andros Townsend.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Salomón Rondón replaces Richarlison.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by André Gomes.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. André Gomes (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lucas Digne.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Matej Vydra replaces Ashley Barnes.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Aaron Lennon replaces Jóhann Gudmundsson.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Burnley. Jóhann Gudmundsson tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Allan.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. André Gomes (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Michael Keane.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Everton. Séamus Coleman tries a through ball, but Abdoulaye Doucouré is caught offside.

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