Wood strike complete Burnley turnaround against Everton

Wood strike complete Burnley turnaround against Everton
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Burnley record their first victory since December as they come from behind to beat Everton 2-1 at Turf Moor. Ashley Barnes cancelled out the 20th minute opener of Cenk Tosun before Chris Wood headed the winning goal in a match that also saw Ashley Williams sent off with four minutes to go.

The comeback victory saw Clarets boss Sean Dyche snap a poor record after conceding first in the Premier League, finally recording a win after losing 42 games and drawing 11 previously. On the other hand, Everton continue their dismal away form, having lost their last six and twenty-two of their last twenty-three on the road. Burnley remain in seventh place with 40 points while Everton stay in ninth temporarily on 34 points, as Watford and Bournemouth, with 33 and 32 points respectively, are in action as of press time.

Clarets start brightly

The Clarets started the brighter of the two sides with Johann Berg Gudmundsson getting involved early. After latching on to Michael Keane’s botched clearance, the Icelandic midfielder unleashed a deflected effort that Jordan Pickford stopped with ease. Shortly after, Gudmundsson also struck over the bar from a Barnes lay off.

As Burnley ventured forward with urgency, Sam Allardyce looked alarmed. So much so that the Toffees boss left his seat for the technical area early to bark instructions. Everton were getting over overrun but Allardyce seemed to draw instant response from his side who finally get a decent run into the opposition area.

Gylfi Sigurdsson weaved in and around the box before cutting the ball back into the path of Tom Davies. But fellow Toffee Theo Walcott was near and instead it was the former Arsenal man who got on the ball, blasting it over the bar with his left foot.

Everton break deadlock

Michael Keane also struck high before Everton broke the deadlock via a wonderful play. Seamus Coleman flicked on a Walcott cross and found Tosun in the mixer. The Turkish international then thumped a superb header into the bottom corner to give the visitors the lead.

The opening goal ensured the match went on an end-to-end feel. As Burnley pushed for a leveler, Everton looked to strike on the counter. Walcott broke down the centre before feeding Tosun who launched a fierce low strike that Nick Pope stopped superbly. Everton tested the Burnley keeper again on the break. Tosun’s diagonal pass somehow beat James Tarkowski and found Walcott in the box. However, the forward was forced wide and Pope easily dealt with his low strike.

Burnley started taking the initiative and Everton needed Pickford to keep their lead. The England keeper made a spectacular one-handed save to deny Barnes who headed a Matt Lowton ball across. While Everton threatened on the counter again through Walcott whose tame strike didn’t trouble Pope at all, Burnley increasingly went on the ascendancy.

Clarets striker Barnes skipped past Williams and sent a rising strike straight to Pickford who made a decent save. Burnley rigorously searched for an equaliser and enjoyed 65% possession with five minutes before the break. After the restart, it was more of the same although Burnley felt increasingly getting closer in front of goal while Toffees keeper Pickford got busier.

Aaron Lennon should have restored parity after latching on to a Barnes flick on but Pickford dived in superbly to deny the winger. The Everton keeper was called to action again as he punched a Ben Mee header over, the rebound falling to half-time substitute Wood who then headed over from close.

Barnes equalises for Burnley

The Clarets finally equalised after a fine attack down the right. Lowton slotted in a splendid weighted ball that pierced the Everton defence wide open. Barnes blew past Keane before smacking the ball home past Pickford to get Burnley level.

This time, Turf Moor was pumping as they urged their team on. The home side started playing with verve in search for another goal to take the lead. Lowton again set up Barnes down the right flank. The Clarets forward struck from almost the same spot where he scored but this time, Pickford charged and smothered the shot. Chris Wood also tamely headed one that Pickford caught comfortably and after 70 minutes of blistering pace, there was a considerable dip in the intensity of the match.

After which Everton found their bearings. Sigurdsson looked certain to score after Walcott picked him out in the near post but Lowton made a vital block to deny the Burnley midfielder. Everton only half cleared but Oumar Niasse could only send his follow-up effort over the bar.

Wood heads Clarets into the lead

Sigurdsson came close to taking the lead for Everton when he latched on to a Burnley half-clearance but his half-volley flew just wide of the far post. Instead, Burnley went in front after the Toffees’ dismal defending against crosses in the box. The New Zealand international Wood rose high in the six-yard box and sent a bullet header past Pickford into the bottom corner.

Burnley finally took the lead after going a goal down but there was still time for drama late on. Referee Chris Kavanagh did not hesitate in brandishing a red card for Williams who lashed out an arm into Barnes’ neck during a tussle in the box.

Interestingly, Everton actually dominated the latter stages. As the visitors looked for an equaliser, Burnley boss Dyche instructed his side to drop back and defend. They did, which ensured their side earned a well-deserved victory after a run of 12 league matches without a win.


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