Three objectives in seven electrifying minutes gave Everton a 3-1 win over Burnley at Goodison Park to proceed their unbeaten begin to the Premier League season.
After Burnley had dominated the primary half, Ben Mee gave the guests a deserved lead with a header from Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s cross (53), however the sport turned on its head out of nowhere on the hour mark.
First, former Burnley centre-back Michael Keane levelled along with his personal header from an Andros Townsend cross (60), earlier than Townsend himself curled residence a stunner from 25 yards into the highest nook (65), a goal-of-the-season contender.
Townsend’s fellow summer time signing Demarai Grey put Everton 3-1 up simply 27 seconds after the restart (66), racing by means of on aim from Abdoulaye Doucoure’s go, whereas Townsend and sub Andre Gomes got here inside inches of including a fourth shortly after.
The outcome means Everton are fourth with 10 factors from 4 video games, whereas Burnley sit 18th with only one level.
Everton: Pickford (6), Coleman (6), Mina (6), Godfrey (6), Keane (7), Digne (6), Townsend (8), Allan (6), Doucoure (8), Grey (7), Richarlison (6)
Subs: Gomes (7), Rondon (NA), Iwobi (NA)
Burnley: Pope (6), Lowton (5), Tarkowski (6), Mee (7), Taylor (5), Gudmundsson (6), Westwood (5), Brownhill (6), McNeil (6), Wooden (6), Barnes (6)
Subs: Lennon (5), Vydra (5), Rodriguez (NA)
Man of the match: Andros Townsend
How rampant Everton turned sport on its head
The lack of Dominic Calvert-Lewin pressured Rafa Benitez right into a change of form, going to a again three with Richarlison on his personal in a central place, and it wasn’t working early on as Burnley dominated.
Dwight McNeil’s depraved supply was excellent for Wooden within the opening levels, however the striker uncharacteristically shied away and did not make correct contact six yards out.
Everton struggled to seek out their stride or certainly get out of their half for the primary 25 minutes as Ashley Barnes and Mee missed half-chances, earlier than Josh Brownhill’s low shot in good house was held by Jordan Pickford.
Everton lastly entered the sport simply earlier than the half-hour mark as Doucoure’s drilled shot from contained in the field was brilliantly stored out by Nick Pope, however Doucoure himself can depend himself fortunate that guidelines on physicality have been relaxed this season, wrestling James Tarkowski to the bottom as he defended a nook however going unpunished, even with a VAR intervention. “It must be a penalty this season,” stated Jamie Carragher.
After Everton did not correctly clear a cross early within the second half, Burnley took the lead. The ball dropped to Gudmundsson on the correct flank, and his excellent supply was too tough to overlook for Mee, who nodded previous Pickford from point-blank vary.
With Goodison Park quiet, no person may have foreseen the upcoming Everton blitz. Keane’s wonderful near-post header from Townsend’s right-wing cross raised the amount, with Benitez then bringing on midfielder Andre Gomes for defender Ben Godfrey, a change he had deliberate to make even earlier than the aim.
Everton smelled blood and commenced attacking in waves as Townsend produced the second of the sport, and one of many objectives of the season to this point. Choosing the ball up in house, he took just a few touches earlier than curling a beautiful effort into the highest left nook from 25 yards, his first Premier League aim for Everton since a summer time transfer from Crystal Palace.
Simply seconds after the restart it was 3-1 as Doucoure, given a extra attacking function because of the introduction of Gomes, picked out the on-running Grey by means of on aim, and he slotted beneath Pope for his third Everton aim from simply three pictures on track.
A rampant Everton weren’t finished there and had two large probabilities to seize a fourth – Pope brilliantly clawed away Townsend’s swerving effort, earlier than Gomes curled simply large of the far submit contained in the field – and the hectic nature of the sport continued earlier than full-time as Tarkowski had a aim dominated out on the different finish due to a Wooden offside.
There have been two adjustments for Rafa Benitez as he needed to do with out Dominic Calvert-Lewin in assault. That triggered a tweak in formation to a again three with Yerry Mina and Ben Godfrey beginning. Richarlison began up entrance on his personal, whereas new signing Soloman Rondon was on the bench.
Burnley stored the identical beginning XI that drew with Leeds, which means Chris Wooden and Ashley Barnes remained in tandem in assault. Membership-record signing Maxwel Cornet was within the Burnley squad for the primary time.
Although Everton have proven a pragmatism in massive intervals to this point this season beneath Benitez, these scintillating quarter-hour will give Toffees followers hope that this facet can do it each methods as they appear to interrupt the highest six for the primary time since 2014.
- There have been simply 379 seconds between Everton’s equaliser (1-1) scored by Michael Keane and Demarai Grey placing the Toffees 3-1 up. Certainly, Grey has scored in three consecutive Premier League video games for the primary time.
- Everton have received consecutive league matches when conceding the primary aim (additionally vs Southampton on MD1). The Toffees had received simply two of their earlier 59 Premier League video games when conceding the primary aim (D13 L44).
- Six of Ben Mee’s seven Premier League objectives for Burnley have been scored along with his head, whereas this was his first aim within the competitors since January in opposition to Aston Villa.
Everton now go to Aston Villa on Saturday Evening Soccer at 5.30pm, stay on Sky Sports activities Premier League, whereas Burnley host Arsenal at 3pm within the Premier League on Saturday.