Burnley ended a 12-game winless streak with a 2-1 comeback victory over 10-man Everton at Turf Moor on Saturday.
Second-half goals from Ashley Barnes (56) and substitute Chris Wood (80) brought the alarming run to an end in Sean Dyche’s 250th game in charge, as the Clarets reached the coveted 40-point mark, five adrift of sixth-placed Arsenal.
Cenk Tosun had headed Everton in front with his first goal for the club on 20 minutes, but Sam Allardyce’s men were made to pay for a poor defensive performance, compounded by Ashley Williams’ late red card, as they slipped to a fifth-consecutive away defeat.
Burnley: Pope (7), Lowton (7), Tarkowski (7), Mee (6), Ward (6), Cork (6), Gudmundsson (6), Westwood (6), Lennon (7), Hendrick (6), Barnes (8).
Subs: Wood (7).
Everton: Pickford (7), Keane (5), Williams (3), Martina (5), Coleman (6), Gueye (5), Sigurdsson (6), Davies (5), Calvert-Lewin (5), Walcott (5), Tosun (6).
Subs: Bolasie (5), Rooney (5), Niasse (5).
Man of the Match: Ashley Barnes.
Allardyce stressed the importance of scoring first and Everton nearly delivered on 15 minutes, despite Burnley’s encouraging start, as Gylfi Sigurdsson squared for Theo Walcott at the end of a slaloming run, but the forward, distracted by team-mate Tom Davies, fired over.
But Allardyce’s wish was soon fulfilled as Walcott’s cross from the right was flicked into the path of Tosun by Seamus Coleman, and the January signing powered a header beyond Nick Pope.
Everton, buoyed by going in front, tried to double their lead but Pope denied Tosun a quick-fire double and Walcott from converting the Turk’s cross on 28 minutes.
Burnley rallied, though, and thought they had drawn themselves level when a whipped Matt Lowton cross found Barnes on the half-hour, but a stunning point-blank save from Jordan Pickford preserved the Toffees’ lead until the interval.
James Tarkowski ended a four-game absence to replace Kevin Long in Burnley’s only change. Sam Allardyce recalled Seamus Coleman, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun for the trip to Turf Moor. Aaron Lennon and Michael Keane lined up against their former clubs.
The Clarets, bolstered by the addition of Chris Wood, continued to lay siege to the Everton goal after the break.
Another fine Pickford save prevented Aaron Lennon from scoring against his old club on 50 minutes, moments before the England goalkeeper tipped a Ben Mee header onto the bar.
But the pressure finally told as Lowton’s long ball released Barnes in behind the doing Everton defence, and the striker finally broke Pickford’s resolve with a fierce, near-post drive.
Oumar Niasse blazed an acrobatic volley over eight minutes after coming off the bench before Sigurdsson fired a great chance wide two minutes later, but Burnley had the final word as Wood rose high to head Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s corner home with 10 minutes remaining.
- Burnley have equalled their best Premier League points tally in a single season (40 – level with 2016-17), with nine games remaining in 2017-18.
- Everton have now lost 19 competitive games in 2017-18; their most in a single season since 2005-06 (21).
- This is the first time that Burnley have won a Premier League game after going behind under Sean Dyche (61 games – W1 D12 L48).
- Sean Dyche took charge of his 250th game as Burnley manager in this game (W98 D73 L79) – the first manager to reach this landmark at the club since Stan Ternent (June 1998 – May 2004).
- Everton have lost their last five Premier League away games and have enjoyed just one victory in their last 23 on the road (D9 L13).
- Cenk Tosun is the 10th Turkish player to score in the Premier League and the first to do so since Jem Karacan on 4th May 2013 (for Reading v Fulham), 1764 days ago.
Man of the Match – Ashley Barnes
It looked as though Barnes would have to settle for an afternoon of frustration as his exploits in the first half were met by the brilliance of Jordan Pickford in the Everton goal. But the Burnley striker plugged away and got his just rewards, inspiring a comeback with his well-taken equaliser, which saw him score in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since December 2014.
Burnley travel to the London Stadium to take on West Ham and Everton host Brighton at Goodison Park on Saturday, March 10.(Sky Sports)