Townsend brilliance helps Everton overcome Burnley

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Andros Townsend
Andros Townsend beat Nick Pope with a stunning goal

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 into delirium.

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 bodychecked 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, who is set to miss two-three weeks with thigh and toe injuries.

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.

More to follow.

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Everton

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player namePickford

    Average rating

    6.24

  2. Squad number13Player nameMina

    Average rating

    6.02

  3. Squad number22Player nameGodfrey

    Average rating

    5.99

  4. Squad number5Player nameKeane

    Average rating

    6.48

  5. Squad number23Player nameColeman

    Average rating

    6.33

  6. Squad number16Player nameDoucouré

    Average rating

    7.02

  7. Squad number6Player nameAllan

    Average rating

    6.61

  8. Squad number12Player nameDigne

    Average rating

    6.03

  9. Squad number14Player nameTownsend

    Average rating

    7.43

  10. Squad number7Player nameRicharlison

    Average rating

    6.08

  11. Squad number11Player nameGray

    Average rating

    7.51

Substitutes

  1. Squad number17Player nameIwobi

    Average rating

    5.93

  2. Squad number21Player nameAndré Gomes

    Average rating

    6.58

  3. Squad number33Player nameRondón

    Average rating

    5.96

Burnley

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player namePope

    Average rating

    6.00

  2. Squad number2Player nameLowton

    Average rating

    5.59

  3. Squad number5Player nameTarkowski

    Average rating

    5.52

  4. Squad number6Player nameMee

    Average rating

    5.98

  5. Squad number3Player nameTaylor

    Average rating

    5.72

  6. Squad number7Player nameGudmundsson

    Average rating

    5.56

  7. Squad number18Player nameWestwood

    Average rating

    5.55

  8. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill

    Average rating

    5.60

  9. Squad number11Player nameMcNeil

    Average rating

    5.83

  10. Squad number9Player nameWood

    Average rating

    5.58

  11. Squad number10Player nameBarnes

    Average rating

    5.28

Substitutes

  1. Squad number17Player nameLennon

    Average rating

    4.70

  2. Squad number19Player nameRodriguez

    Average rating

    4.51

  3. Squad number27Player nameVydra

    Average rating

    4.54

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

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Everton 3, Burnley 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Everton 3, Burnley 1.

  3. Attempt saved. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Charlie Taylor.

  4. Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Séamus Coleman.

  5. Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Dwight McNeil with a cross.

  7. Substitution, Everton. Alex Iwobi replaces Demarai Gray.

  8. Substitution, Burnley. Jay Rodriguez replaces Chris Wood.

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

  10. Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Andros Townsend.

  11. Substitution, Everton. Salomón Rondón replaces Richarlison.

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

  13. 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, Burnley. Matej Vydra replaces Ashley Barnes.

  15. Substitution, Burnley. Aaron Lennon replaces Jóhann Gudmundsson.

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

  17. Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Allan.

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

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

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

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