Late goal defeats a determined a Everton display

By Michael Kenrick 22/10/2016  314 Comments  [Jump to last]
Burnley 2 - 1 Everton

Burnley went ahead off a soft goal after it looked like Everton were taking control of the game. Bolasie stole the ball off Lukaku to equalize with a great shot but the visitors could not get the second, yet Burnley did in the final minute.

Kevin Mirallas and Ross Barkley returned to the starting XI as Ronald Koeman rung a couple of changes, with Lennon, Cleverley, Deulofeu, and Funes Mori on the bench. Leighton Baines is out injured.

Neither side looked in control from the off as possession was squandered freely, leading to Bolasie making a run and stumbling over the ball that ran free and Mirallas nipped in, turning brightly to fire but straight at Heaton. Nothing came from Barry's short corner.

The visitors got forward and won another corner that was delivered poorly by Mirallas. Bolasie tried an overhead kick from the edge of the area that flew wide. Ward came in too strongly on Williams and hurt himself, somehow winning a free kick that Everton had to defend.

Barkley tried to get the attack going with a couple of crosses from the left but nothing came of them. Coleman and then Gueye tried from the other side but Burnley were marking tightly and shutting down the spaces. Some incredibly scrappy play finally saw the ball drop for Lukaku who fired hard to Heaton's left but the keeper parried it and Mirallas could not get to the rebound.

Barkley then made great space and fired but again it was within reach of Heaton's punch. Everton were doing much better, though, stringing together passes and running with purpose at the home side. But a poor Barry giveaway put them under immediate pressure. Stekelenburg had to be alert to punch away a cross off Vokes's head. Arfield was in cynically to stop Coleman.

In attack, Coleman, Bolasie and Gueye contrived to play silly triangles while Lukaku stood and waited for the cross that never came. Lukaku then seemed to get a glimpse but was immediately closed down. At the other end, Vokes did well to turn and shoot under pressure from a group of yellow shirts, and Everton reverted again to slow build-up passing, Bolasie winning another corner that Mirallas put into the mixer.

Gueye got carded for absolutely nothing as Arfield lost his balance and crumbled in front of him. Barkley then ran into Kightly and got a free kick that was swung deep to the back post where Williams was penalized for climbing all over the defender.

A dreadful free-kick taken by Jagielka led to a foul and free-kick to Burnley and unwanted pressure that Stekelenburg thankfully stopped. At the other end, Mee somehow prevented Lukaku from getting a shot in. Gueye's dreadful forward ball, wildly overhit as Hendrick came in, saw another ridiculous card shown to the Burnley player this time.

Arfield, already on a yellow, kicks Barry as he passes back, a clear yellow card that the ref bottled. Burnley attacked and got in a decent cross that Williams was able to defend but the break stopped at Lukaku's clumsy hold-up play that lost the ball.

Burnley drove through after a fine touch from Gudmundsson and Stekelenburg looked to have saved a soft shot by Arfield but his weak parry just set up an easy tap-in for Vokes. Shocking goal to give away.

It was painfully frustrating stuff at times, Coleman getting a card for holding back Arfield. Gueye had a chance to cross in but put it sloppily behind as the half ended poorly for the visitors.

Better play from the restart saw Bolasie cross but it was too high for Lukaku. A shot from Barkley followed Mirallas's corner, saved easily enough by Heaton. They looked to work the ball around the Burnley area, but Oviedo's touch for Barry was wasteful.

Lukaku did well in the hold-up role and Barkley stutter-stepped across the area, finally getting sandwiched flinging himself down. No chance of a spot-kick, said Mike Jones, but he was keener to give Coleman a final dressing down as the Everton mand could not get out of Arfield's way. That free-kick led to a corner that was defended away and led to something of a counter-attack that was just not fast enough, allowing the impenetrable Burnley defence to reform for the throw-in.

Everton looked to construct more incisive passing moves but they were having a tough time of it chiselling anything out until Gueye played a great first-time ball to release Mirallas whose cross really should have been meat and potatoes for Lukaku but was 2 feet in front of him and went harmlessly through for a goal kick.

More Everton pressure won a corner but Williams was called for his role in the far-post mêlée. But the ball did break thanks to a fantastic forward ball that Lukakau picked up and strode forward with but Yannick Bolasie literally stole the ball off his toes and lashed in a fearsome shot that beat Heaton all hands down, a tremendous goal that Lukaku will feel was his all along! Very strange!!

That goal turned the game, and raised the tempo all around. Arfield clashed with Barry as he seemed to be looking for a second yellow. Everton pressure built relentlessly, a great touch from Bolasie giving Coleman rare access down the channel and a lovely cross to Lukaku's feet was just nicked away by Keane to deny the Big Man a simple tap-in.

Lots of Everton pressure as the visitors went for the winner with some decent attempts to vary the play and the point of attack but the finesse and close control needed to beat a resolute Burnley defence seemed lacking at times. Another fantastic inviting cross, this time from the left, got a vital touch from Heaton to deny Lukaku at the far post. Deulofeu replaced Mirallas who had done little to impress.

Deulofeu won a corner but no-one had held back for the second ball. Gueye fired in a low shot straight at Heaton. The yellow shirts swarmed into the Burnley area, with Jagielka joining the attack, but the ball just would not fall for them, Bolasie firing in a great effort in a surprise attempt that forced a good fingertip save from Heaton.

Deulofeu played in a corner after a long break for treatment to Ward, followed by subs that included Cleverley on for Gueye as the minutes ticked away, Burnley's rearguard determined to resist all challenges. Burnley saw a little more of the ball, Everton unable to string together the passing accuracy needed to break into the spaces created. But Barkley then Lukaku could not make meaningful shots when in good advanced positions.

A free-kick for Burnley, Everton couldn't clear... a shot from nothing, lashed against the bar by Gudmunsson bounced off the bar and sat nicely for Arfield who powered it first time into the ground, bouncing over Stekelenburg and into the Everton net to stun Koeman and the travelling Blues. Valencia on for Jagielka with 2 mins of added time remaining but the game was lost in the final minute.

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