Everton lost a back breaker today at Burnley, effectively ending their great start to the Premier League season. The Blues were cavalier in defence, and wasteful up front and were defeated 2-1 despite controlling possession and having the most chances. Shame.
The Toffees had plenty of chances to go up early in the game, Kevin Mirallas shooting straight at the goalkeeper, Romelu Lukaku letting the defence clear the ball away as he dawdled on it, and Ross Barkley also shooting powerfully but right at the goalie again.
However, it was hero from last weekend Maarten Stekelenburg who turned villain, weakly palming away a bobbling ball, straight into the path of Ben Vokes who slotted home with the defence standing about.
The Blues were let down by their lack of quality on the ball in the final third as the half came to a close, with Everton controlling possession two-to-one at the break.
The second half began with Everton controlling possession easily in the Burnley half, but failed to get any clear-cut chances on goal. But the pressure eventually told as a quick break by Lukaku allowed Yannick Bolasie to fire home powerfully to tie the game. That was Bolasie’s first goal in Everton colours, and it was assisted on by Lukaku as promised.
Encouraged by the goal, the Blues pushed on for a goal but were foiled at least twice more from very good saves by the Clarets’ goalie Heaton. And then, against the run iof play, in the 90th minute, Arfield capitalized on a rebound with a half volley into the corner to steal the win for the home team.
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