Fulltime Thoughts - This really didn’t come as a surprise to anyone. You do the same thing over and over again, and the same result will usually follow more often than not.
Particularly egregious was that Hendricks had already had that same shot in the first half and was able to do that exact thing again.
As for the Blues impotent attack, the less we say about that the better. Just walk away folks, and forget about Everton for the next fortnight.
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90+6’ - 1-0 final score, to Burnley. We could be here another half hour and Everton still wouldn’t score.
90’ - Six minutes will be added on.
88’ - Now Sidibe gets booked for a late tackle. Just a bad day for rightbacks isn’t it?
84’ - Gomes will come on for the last few minutes, Schneiderlin off.
Former Everton fan favourite Aaron Lennon is on for the hosts.
80’ - Burnley stretch Everton down the left, and the switch of play to the other side creates an overload with four players on that wing, and somehow they shoot straight at Pickford.
79’ - Blues win their ninth corner of the day, Keane gets his head on it but no direction and it’s wide.
74’ - Moise Kean is on for DCL now. Never a better time for the youngster to get his first Everton goal.
Blues win a corner, but try another bizarre elaborate routine that is cleared and the hosts charge away on a counter, and win a freekick just outside the box off Delph.
Gudmundsson’s shot is blocked by the wall, another corner. Right into the six yard box, and Pickford wins a freekick after he’s knocked down.
70’ - Corner from Burnley results in head-tennis in the Everton area, before Pickford gathers on the second attempt.
Now Sidibe gives away a corner on the opposite side. And goal 1-0 Burnley. It was coming.
Hendrick gets it right second time around, coming in late at the far post and his volley is terrific, squeezes past Pickford and his near post. Didn’t learn their lesson from the first half, though Schneiderlin might have a valid complaint that he was obstructed, but will never get it.
63’ - Sidibe getting involved right away and Richarlison wins a corner.
Digne passes it to Delph who returns the ball and the Frenchman is offside.
61’ - This brings Burnley out now and they open up. Iwobi makes a run but his cross is deflected straight to Pope.
Everton now in a 4-4-1 formation with DCL up top. Will this galvanize the attack now?
59’ - James Tarkowski heads the freekick down and Barnes shoots while Everton are still in disarray, but it’s over.
Now Sidibe is on for Sigurdsson to make the full complement of four defenders.
56’ - Oh boy oh boy oh boy. Seamus Coleman has been sent off.
He’s late in for a header against McNeil, and clatters him, arm/shoulder into his head and the youngster is down. That is definitely another yellow, and the Blues will be down a man for the remainder of this game. He’s remorseful, but the truth is he was late and deserved it.
53’ - Keane cuts out a long ball, and then Morgan Schneiderlin with a horrendous attempted scissor-kick clearance that falls straight tat Ashley Barnes’ feet, and hsi shot is blocked by Mina for a corner. Ooof.
Pieters is struggling with that injury and goes off, Charlie Taylor is on.
Still the matter of a corner to be defended, but Keane and Delph clear.
50’ - Richarlison, DCL and Sigurdsson combine well on the right but nothing comes out of it.
Iwobi then finds Richie free down the right and fires through the defender’s legs, but it’s straight at Nick Pope.
46’ - Second half underway. Iwobi still the Blue doing the most running but nothing’s really working out for Everton.
Halftime Thoughts - We had almost expected awful football and have certainly gotten that in spades with both sides playing true to (poor) form and (no) quality.
45+2’ - Halftime, 0-0. Mina and Keane have stood up well to Barnes and Wood. On the attacking side, they’ve shown no signs that this game will turn out any other way than the previous away games this season. Poor overall.
45’ - Digne hasn’t been up much but makes a run now, his cross is high and with just DCL and Richarlison in the box, wasted.
42’ - Awful, awful tackle from Coleman, not intentional of course, but is late in on Pieters, left his boot in and trod on his ankle. Ouch. Yellow card of course, but we all know Coleman is not a dirty player and in fact was on the receiving end of worse that kept him out for a long time. Pieters is up, doesn’t look a broken bone. Walks off very gingerly, but is back on now.
40’ - Coleman with a great run (finally) and he gets into the box, Sigurdsson passes to Iwobi with all the time and his shot is blocked, from about eight yards out.
34’ - Richarlison finally wakes up, makes a run down the right and his low cross towards DCL is cleared for a corner.
Tentatively cleared and no Blues can pounce on it, another corner. This one bounces around and then is hoofed off the line. Burnley launch a counter but Mina heads it safely to Pickford.
31’ - Awful defending again, Coleman loses the ball and allows Burnley to attack again, but it’s cleared away.
Iwobi makes a run at the hosts, but it’s cleared. Both sides making mistakes now, giving the ball away in bad spots.
29’ - Another freekick allows the Clarets to hold the ball in the Everton third. All crosses in cleared well but results in a Burnley corner, fizzed into the six-yard box again, it’s high and everyone lets it go, and Hendrick takes a shot from a narrow angle and Pickford kicks it away.
27’ - Schneiderlin goes through the back of McNeil in midfield, and gives up a freekick. The Blues hold a high line, like 22 yards out.. and ball sails harmlessly to Pickford.
21’ - Another corner and Mina rises highest, but gets way under it. Blues still with no setpiece goals this season.
17’ - The Blues are knocking the ball about well, but it’s not with any real threat in the final third. Richarlison hasn’t quite come into the game yet either.
14’ - Pickford out to grab another cross. He’s been brave today, which is good to see after the criticism he’s received lately about staying rooted to his line.
Quick kick from the goalie fashions a chance for Iwobi, and it’s deflected for a corner, which comes to nothing.
12’ - Richarlison turnover allows McNeil to charge down the touchline and win a throw-in deep; the cross comes over and Gudmundsson clambers over Digne but his header is straight at Jordan Pickford.
5’ - DCL wins a freekick down the right, just outside the box, and it’s Gylfi Sigurdsson who takes it instead of Digne - goes over the wall but no real zip to it and Pope parries it away.
The corner is claimed by Pope who sets Burnley off on a counter but Iwobi cuts out the long pass.
3’ - Lucas Digne wins an early corner, which is cleared away, but Iwobi’s cross back into the box skims off Yerry Mina’s head and it’s cleared.
Marco Silva basically has the side that played against Manchester City from the sixth minute on after Theo Walcott left the game, with Alex Iwobi coming into the side. Andre Gomes is back, but on the bench, as is Tom Davies. Dominic Calvert-Lewin gets the start again with Moise Kean a sub while Cenk Tosun is not in the squad at all.
The Blues manager seems insistent on sticking with his 4-2-3-1 against sides that are on paper weaker than the Toffees, and we’re likely going to see him use the same approach again today. Everton’s challenge under Silva has been breaking down the low block, and they will come up against a team that practices it very well.
That said, should the hosts decide to show more attacking initiative, that could play right into Everton’s hands, a bit like it did last season when the visitors raced ahead thanks to a second minute goal enroute to a 5-1 win.
Hosts Burnley are a cohesive defensive unit and tend to follow Sean Dyche’s conservative approach to the ‘T’ - a basic 4-4-2 with a burly backline, and relying on long balls and setpieces for the two big men upfront to get the goals. Like the Blues showed though, if they can grab an early lead then all bets are off. Conversely, if the hosts take the lead then they’ll defend even more stolidly and put paid to any chances Everton might have of winning this.
Competition: Premier League Matchday 8
Date and start time: Saturday, September 28th at 9:30 a.m. PT / 12:30 p.m ET / 5:30 p.m. BST
Stadium: Turf Moor Stadium, Burnley, England, United Kingdom
Weather: 56°F/13°C, cloudy, 12% chance of precipitation, 10 mph winds
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Gamethread: Live blog above starting one hour before game time
Starting XI: Pickford, Digne, Mina, Keane, Coleman; Schneiderlin, Delph, Sigurdsson; Iwobi, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison
Subs: Lossl, Holgate, Sidibe, Gomes, Davies, Bernard, Kean
Starting XI: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters, Gudmundsson, Hendrick, Westwood, McNeil, Wood, Barnes
Subs: Hart, Taylor, Brady, Rodriguez, Lennon, Vydra, Long
The Blues led from a Yerry Mina header early, and then piled on with an excellent freekick goal from Lucas Digne and Gylfi Sigurdsson converting a penalty following a Ben Mee handling infringement for a 3-0 lead at the quarter mark of the game.
Burnley didn’t quite give up the Boxing Day clash though and through bad luck more than anything didn’t pull one back until just before the break - every long ball into the Everton box seemed to cause jitters and the hosts deserved their goal from Ben Gibson.
In the second half Burnley were left exposed in the back as they chased an equalizer, allowing Bernard to set up the second for Digne before Richarlison scored the fifth after coming on as a late sub, 5-1 the final score.