Barkley and Lukaku have the final word

By Michael Kenrick 15/04/2017  78 Comments  [Jump to last]

Blues Captain Phil Jagielka scores for the thrid succesive game

After a torrid first half, Jagielka forced the ball in from a corner only for Robles to give up a stupid penalty. But Barkley and then Lukaku made their own emphatic statements to seal Everton's record 8th consecutive Premier League home win.

Ashley Williams displaced Matthew Pennington, returning after his one-match suspension, the only change for Everton this afternoon.

Burnley got the game started and hoofed the ball up for Robles to collect, and aerial balls were the feature of a rather scrappy start, the second Burnley free-kick wrongly winning a corner off Mark Clattenburg, who blew up immediately for pushing...

Holgate laid the ball on a plate for Lukaku who just passed the ball to Heaton when a real shot might have brought more reward. At the other end, Boyd had a free shot but the whistle had gone.

Burnley dominated the early play, however, the home side unable to keep hold of the ball or make any forward impression, Jagielka putting Robles in trouble with a poor backpass. Barkley and Davies were double-marked and dispossessed as soon as they got the ball played to them, and the closing down by Burnley when they did lose the ball was clearly making the Blues players and crowd uncomfortable.

Finally, on 14 mins, the Blues got the ball forward and stated to play a little better, Gueye firing in low after Holgate's dangerous cross was repelled. But it came to nothing and Burnley won another soft free-kick that defected behind off the wall from a corner. King headed goalward and it was Ross Barkley with superb anticipation to clear the ball right off the line after it had beaten Robles.

A fabulous cross in from Lowton somehow evaded three Burnley attackers who could each have scored with ease, and another Burnley free-kick was taken short this time, Holgate this time winning relief with a Blues free-kick.

Davies was chased by Hendrick all the way back to Robles and then tried an ambitious cross-field ball to Baines that curled slightly off-course, underling the frustrating inability the Blues had of stringing any sort of joined-up football together.

Gueye powered in a cleared Everton free-kick but that to a counter and another wrongly awarded corner for Burnley that needed defending, before Lukaku was floored by Joey Barton. Mirallas tried to jink in down the left channel but lost the ball, but Holgate fired in another cross that was defended away, and Schneiderlin was spoken to for a foul, Everton still looking horribly ragged at times.

Gueye was carded for a high foot on Ward as the scrappy play continued but Mirallas did well to win a corner off Barton. It was payed short by Baines to Barkley who was blocked/fouled but no cal and the advantage was gone.

Yet another free-kick to Burnley, this time against Davies but Robles claimed the ball and got it forward but only for a second before Volks put Jagielka under immense pressure off an inventive ball from deep by Barton and won a corner off Robles. Volkes again got free somehow but failed to beat Robles, a real letoff this one, Everton looking well rattled and in desperate need of a goal.

It almost came with Holgate's bright shot but Heaton was down quickly with Davies lurking. The Blues tried to build again down the right but Holgate's cross was overhit; however, Baines picked out Lukaku from the left but it was just too high for the big man, who could only head over.

But an Everton corner and much better pressure led to another corner from the right, this time easy pickings for Tom Heaton. Baines, Barkley then Davies tried to penetrate the left channel, all to no avail. But a much nicer move looked to have set up Gueye only for a dreadful miskick that denied any shot on Heaton.

A Barkley free-kick wide right led to another much more centrally placed that Mirallas fired into the wall; it deflected off Boyd's head toward but just over the angle, with Heaton stranded. Barkley got two bites of the cherry from the corner but could not wrap his foot around it either time.

The half came to a close, one of intense frustration, Everton only getting to grips with a problematic Burnley side in the final stages, but with few clear-cut Blues chances to speak of. Incredibly, Everton edged possession 64% to 36%.

Enner Valencia replaced Idrissa Gueye for the start of the second half. Barton fouled Barkley, right of teh Burnley area, and Williams flicked on a clever kick form Baiens for a corner, played short but defended away from a packed Area. But Valencia conjoured a snapshot, forceing a good save from Heaton then Lukakau looked to dig one out. And from the corner, Jagielka forced it over the line finally... twice!

A brilliant tacctical switch by Koeman pays off immediately... But incredibly, Vokes almost scores before Robles stupidly tackles him and brings him down, leaving Clattenberg no option. Vokes fried in from the spot, a ridiculous sequence. 1-1.

Brady played in a super cross from the left that Vokes could not quite reach but it won a corner for Burnley as they responded better to the different dynamic of the second half.

Barkley and Mirallas got free but hesitated and Mirallas scuffs his shot horribly with the goal at his mercy. At the other end, Brady put Robles under further pressure as the game was a much more open affair in the bright sunshine.

Valencia moved nicely along the 18-yard line but his shot was blocked (never a penalty despite the yelps) as it hit Brady's hand. Valencia again tried to penetrate from the right but Burnley seemed to have wised up to his movement. But it was Mirallas who got two golden chance and spurned them both (off Mee, then the post) before Holgate played in Lukaku for a trademark header but he had ventured offside.

Everton were moving the ball better and there seemed to be a lot more space but Burnley kept the Blues strikers at distance, Mirallas drilling another attempt wide.The Blues, however, scented blood and drove with determination at the Burnley defence from all angles, still with no further success. Schneiderlin and Barton challenged hard for the same ball, the Frenchman coming off worst.

But Everton finally settled matters in decisive style, first Barkley and then Lukaku firing the Blues into a commanding lead in a matter of minutes.

Ross Barkley with a shot that deflected in off Mee and was judged to have been an own goal, but earning himself a yellow card in the process for "excessive celebration"! Then Romelu Lukaku turned superbly, rolling the defender and thundered a fantastic left-foot shot in at the near post from close range, and Everton were finally in control!

Burnley got a chance to pull one back, Barton fouled on the edge of the Everton area, but Barton could not beat the Everton wall. Barkley again needed to be in the right place to nod away another goalbound Burnley effort off the line as the Blues came under a loot of late pressure.

After a horrible week for Ross Barkley off the field,Ross Barkley made his own statement on it and he was given a great ovation by another sellout Goodison crowd as Ademola Lookman came on for the three minutes of added time.

Scorers: Jagielka (47'), Mee (og:71'), Lukaku (74'); Vokes (pen:51').

Everton: Robles, Holgate, Jagielka, A Williams, Baines, Gana [Y:28'] (46' Valencia), Schneiderlin, Davies, Barkley [Y:72'] (89' Lookman), Lukaku, Mirallas.
Subs not Used: Stekelenburg, Barry, Calvert-Lewin, Pennington, Kenny.

Burnley: Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Brady, Barton, Hendrick(86' Westwood), Boyd, Vokes (74' Gray), Barnes (83' Agyei).
Subs not Used: Flanagan, Defour, Tarkowski, Pope.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Attendance: 39,328

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