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Burnley 1-3 Everton: Rafa Benitez continues to work magic in Toffees comeback

Everton produced a stunning eight-minute turnaround to beat Burnley 3-1 at Goodison Park on Monday after Ben See had given the visitors the lead early in the second half

Dimitar Berbatov surprise fans who’ve had a moment of football injustice

After some fans vehemently opposed his appointment, most Everton supporters are probably very happy Rafa Benitez is in charge.

Benitez masterminded another second-half comeback at Goodison Park to move Everton into the top four, level with the Premier League’s early pacesetters.

The Blues exploded into life on the hour mark and made short work of Burnley with three goals in a devastating six-minute burst.

Benitez’s two summer signings Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray did the damage and each chipped in with a goal.

Townsend’s effort to put Everton 2-1 was a screamer, while he also assisted for Michael Keane’s equaliser.

Gray bagged the third with his third goal for the Blues and he looks like the bargain of the summer at just £1.7million.

Everton were without Dominic Calvert-Lewin and the striker missed the last England squad with a thigh injury and has also had a toe problem.



Doucoure grabbed two assists as goals from Keane and Townsend turned the game on its head
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Benitez says he could be out for up to three weeks and responded by switching to a 3-4-3 formation with Richarlison deployed through the middle.

Everton struggled to adapt to their new system and Burnley, who know Sean Dyche’s tried and trusted 4-4-2 formation inside out, took advantage to pose the greater threat initially.

Chris Wood had a shot deflected over for a corner and Jordan Pickford saved Dwight McNeil’s deflected effort.

Wood then hooked the ball back for Ashley Barnes to tee up Josh Brownhill, whose shot was saved by Pickford.

The home fans grew restless and this was not what they expected.

Their mood improved when Townsend cut in from the right to find Abdoulaye Doucoure, who made a great run into the box, and Nick Pope made a fine save to keep out his shot.



Gary capped the victory off with a cool finish
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There was some bad blood when Richarlison left Ben Mee needing treatment to his face following a challenge and James Tarkowski exacted his own revenge when he took out the Brazilian on the far touchline.

Referee Martin Atkinson took no action against Tarkowski and Everton became more incensed when he booked Townsend for an innocuous challenge on Charlie Taylor.

Benitez felt Taylor dived and his sense of injustice increased when Burnley scored from the set-piece on 53 minutes.

Everton only half cleared McNeil’s free-kick and Johann Gudmundsson swung the ball back in for Mee to head home from six yards out.









The goal finally stung Everton into action and seven minutes later they worked the ball well out to Townsend on the right, who cut inside on to his left foot and crossed for the unmarked Keane to head home against his former club.

Everton’s second on 65 minutes was an absolute stunner and Doucoure fed Townsend, who slalomed inside Taylor, before hitting home an unstoppable effort from nearly 30 yards out.

The Clarets were all over the place and Everton took full advantage to score a third a minute later when Doucoure found Gray in the middle with a superb pass and he slotted home past Pope.


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