Everton 0-1 Burnley Five Things: solid Clarets

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A resilient away performance and a first half Jeff Hendrick goal helped Burnley to a 1-0 win at underperforming Everton. Here’s five talking points from the match.

Everton’s early pressure

The hosts looked the livelier side early on. Oumar Niasse had a shot after a cross from the right which Nick Pope was equal to, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin outpaced Ben Mee, in a move that led to a tame effort from Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Icelander and Vlasic made a lot of diagonal runs in to space, but Burnley’s defence held-firm, with James Tarkowski commanding at the back.

Impressive team goal

The Clarets showed a lack of quality in their forward passing in the first 20 minutes, which meant Chris Wood was often isolated up top. However, they showed their were capable of using the ball well with a good spell of possession resulted in the opening goal, when Nikola Vlasic failed to track Stephen Ward’s run from left-back. The Irishman squared for Jeff Hendrick and his compatriot showed neat feet to deceive a flat-footed Morgan Schneiderlin before slotting past Jordan Pickford.

Solid Clarets

That goal stunned Goodison Park and the home side, who struggled to regain their rhythm. Full-backs Cuco Martina and Leighton Baines were capable of a reasonable cross from deep, but they lacked the pace and drive to create space against a compact Burnley rear-guard. Jack Cork protected the defence superbly while Jeff Hendrick pressed in the right areas, giving Burnley a little more solidity in the 10 role than they had last season with 4-4-2 on the road. After the interval, Robbie Brady could have added a second on the break, but he was denied from a tight angle by Pickford.

Davies and Rooney’s impact

Two Toffees academy graduates, young and old, improved the intensity of their side’s play. Tom Davies added his usual graft, Wayne Rooney, a touch of class, as Everton forced the issue and got into better areas. However, the quality of their shooting and final ball let them down, with Pope only having to make one second half intervention, which came from Calvert-Lewin’s soft effort.

In summary

Defeat means the Merseyside club stay 16th, with Ronald Koeman facing increasing pressure as poor performances have followed a summer of heavy spending. Burnley, now five points above his side as high as sixth, have taken eight points from four road trips: to Stamford Bridge, Wembley, Anfield and now Goodison. Their next away game is Manchester City – that one shouldn’t be a problem either.