Andros Townsend defeated Nick Pope with a stunning goal
Andros Townsend’s brilliant goal crowned another comeback win for Everton when beating Burnley left them level on points with the Premier League top 3.
Townsend, a summer free transfer, also leveled Michael Keane, whose header Ben Mee nodded to a nod in his 200th game for the Clarets.
Five minutes later, the Everton winger scored with a 25-yard curling finish in the top corner to delirious Goodison.
Things got even better for the home fans when Abdoulaye Doucoure’s beautiful through-ball hit Demarai Gray a minute later, who left Nick Pope behind for his third goal of the season.
It was an astonishing turnaround for Rafael Benitez’s side who, after an unbeaten start to the season, are now 10 points level with Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.
A dramatic play was also punctuated by controversial moments when Mee was subjected to a body control by Richarlison that escaped punishment. Burnley defender James Tarkowski seemed to take revenge on the Brazilian with a thoroughbred challenge on the sidelines.
In either case, referee Martin Atkinson did not hold a foul, let alone further punishment.
Benitez was particularly angry about the duel of the Everton striker, who operated alone in the front in the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who will be out for two to three weeks due to thigh and toe injuries.
However, the Everton coach will be happy to see his side weathered a difficult encounter without their top scorer as the exciting start of the season continued.
Burnley is still looking for his first win and remains 18 with a single point.
Townsend, the architect of breathtaking profit
The home fans’ reaction to this success was in stark contrast to the end of the first half, when Burnley battled an ugly encounter.
But after Benitez also came from behind on the opening weekend to beat Southampton with the same result, he showed again that he still has the magic touch.
On that occasion, a tactical tweak turned the game in Everton’s favor. This time it was Townsend who created a nice win that banished memories of the bad form at home last season under former coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Townsend and Gray have been revelations since they signed for the Toffees this summer for a total of £ 1.7 million.
Their constant running has brought pace and versatility to the team, and on a day when Everton missed Calvert-Lewin and appeared to skip a 3-4-3 formation, the pair showed why they were quickly becoming fan favorites.
They were largely silent during the first period, however, as Everton struggled to cope with a direct and robust team from Sean Dyche.
Dwight McNeil, who was linked in the transfer window with a move to Everton and was the winner’s goal scorer here last season, served Chris Wood a delicious cross, who did not get a firm contact with his header. Mee and Josh Brownhill also got close.
But after half an hour a quiet game ignited as the home crowd quickly showed their frustration with the players and the moods flared up on the pitch.
Richarlison gave Mee a body check, while Ashley Westwood and Seamus Coleman – who twitched at the beginning of an Achilles tendon injury – subsequently quarreled.
Tarkovsky appeared to be seeking retaliation by penetrating Richarlison on the sidelines.
In the end, three Everton goals in 16 minutes and a debut for new striker Salomon Rondon was the best reaction of all.
Player of the game
- 22ndGottfriedReplaced byAndré Gomesat 61 ‘protocol
- 14thTownsendBooked at 53 minutes
- 7thRicharlisonReplaced byRondonat 81 ‘protocol
- 11GrayReplaced byIwobiat 88 ‘protocol
- 21André Gomes
- 6thA long
- 7thGudmundssonReplaced byLennonat 76 ‘protocol
- 8thBrownhillBooked at 47 minutes
- 9woodReplaced byRodriguezat 86 ‘protocol
- 10BarnesReplaced byotterat 76 ‘protocol
Match ends, Everton 3, Burnley 1.
Second half ends, Everton 3, Burnley 1.
Attempt saved. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the lower right corner. Supported by Charlie Taylor.
Corner, Burnley. Admitted by Séamus Coleman.
Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt failed. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) header from the center of the box just misses the top left corner. Assisted by Dwight McNeil with a cross.
Replacement, Everton. Alex Iwobi replaces Demarai Gray.
Replacement, Burnley. Jay Rodriguez replaces Chris Wood.
Attempt saved. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the center of the goal.
Corner, Burnley. Granted by Andros Townsend.
Replacement, Everton. Salomón Rondón replaces Richarlison.
Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Supported by André Gomes.
Attempt failed. André Gomes (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Supported by Lucas Digne.
Replacement, Burnley. Matej Vydra is replacing Ashley Barnes.
Replacement, Burnley. Aaron Lennon replaces Jóhann Gudmundsson.
Offside, Burnley. Jóhann Gudmundsson tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.
Corner, Burnley. Granted by Allan.
Attempt failed. André Gomes (Everton) right footed shot from the center of the box is just missed to the right.
Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Supported by Michael Keane.
Offside, Everton. Séamus Coleman tries a through ball, but Abdoulaye Doucouré is caught offside.
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