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Everton 3 Burnley 1: Andros Townsend scores stunner and Demarai Gray on target again as Toffees stage quickfire comeback

RAFA BENITEZ is able to smash the Premier League cartel as unbeaten Everton moved degree with Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool on the high of the desk.

Three objectives in 5 minutes sparked a sensational second-half-comeback after the Blues had been at risk of being bullied into submission by Burnley.

Andros Townsend, No14, scored a surprising purpose from lengthy vary to blast Everton to victoryCredit: Getty
The winger specialises in beauties with the dipping effort giving Nick Pope no chance
The winger specialises in beauties with the dipping effort giving Nick Pope no probabilityCredit: Getty

Don’t neglect that it was this time final season that they briefly went high earlier than limping dwelling in tenth place.

And it was Burnley’s 2-1 win at Goodison in March which was to show the start of the top of Everton’s love affair with Carlo Ancelotti.

So new boss Benitez isn’t going to get too carried away by this vivid begin to his mission to win over the followers upset by the appointment of a former Liverpool boss.

But he has definitely carried out all that might be requested of him thus far and the spirit his crew confirmed to return by means of this warfare of attrition suggests that he’s on the proper street.

No Premier League boss spent much less within the switch window than Benitez however two of his cut price basement signings as soon as again supplied the inspiration for this valuable victory.

Free switch Andros Townsend led the fightback with a purpose and an help earlier than £1.5million Demarai Gray secured the factors on the finish of 5 minutes of insanity.


Yet for one of the best a part of an hour it seemed as although this was the evening that Everton fell again into the acquainted routine which noticed them lose 9 instances at dwelling final season.

Ben Mee had marked the event of turning into the primary Burnley participant to make 200 Premier League appearances by heading his crew right into a 53rd-minute lead.

But then Townsend picked out Michael Keane for a Sixtieth-minute equaliser towards his former membership and immediately there was just one crew in it.

It was again in 2018 that Townsend scored one of many objectives of the last decade towards Manchester City and his 30-yard roller into the highest nook tonight wasn’t far behind that marvel strike.

And earlier than Burnley had time to catch their breath, Gray had put the sport to mattress when he raced on to Abdoulaye Doucoure’s scrumptious by means of ball to calmly slot dwelling.

Demarai Gray slotted home his third goal in four Premier League games for the Toffees
Demarai Gray slotted dwelling his third purpose in 4 Premier League video games for the ToffeesCredit: Reuters
Ben Mee put the visitors in front with a powerful header
Ben Mee put the guests in entrance with a strong headerCredit: Reuters

Burnley’s earlier go to to Merseyside final month prompted complaints from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp about their bodily strategy.

But it was clear proper from the off that they weren’t about to alter their methods when Richarlison was clattered by Josh Brownhill the very first time he touched the ball.

Everton’s Brazilian worldwide doesn’t want a lot invitation to go to floor at one of the best of instances.

So he clearly wasn’t going to relish the up shut and private presence of Burnley bruisers Mee and James Tarkowski.

It was as refined as a flying brick and Everton had been lucky to not concede an early purpose when Chris Wood inexplicably failed to use a head to Dwight McNeil’s inviting cross.

The guests may even have had a penalty when Tarkowski was hauled down by Doucoure which VAR dominated was not a transparent and apparent error by referee Martin Atkinson.

It was a full 28 minutes earlier than Nick Pope was referred to as into motion to make an honest save from Doucoure’s highly effective shot on the flip.

With Richarlison turning into more and more aggravated by his lack of safety from ref Atkinson, Burnley had been starting to fancy getting their first win to get their season up and operating.

But Benitez had different concepts and now even probably the most sceptical Everton followers are beginning to settle for the Spaniard.

Michael Keane headed in the equaliser from a Townsend cross
Michael Keane headed within the equaliser from a Townsend crossCredit: AFP
There had been numerous flashpoints surrounding Richarlison, who was crunched by James TarkowskiCredit: Reuters
Many expected a cagey affair with Rafa Benitez and Sean Dyche in the dugouts
Many anticipated a cagey affair with Rafa Benitez and Sean Dyche within the dugoutsCredit: Getty

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