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Everton failed to assert their substantial pressure after being prevented by Burnley in a 1-1 draw at (happy place) Turf Moor, which remains stagnant in the Premier League relegation zone.
The Clarets started off brilliantly and had the advantage with just three minutes left. The goal came from Robbie Brady, who picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and fired a low shot into the corner of Jordan Pickford’s net.
It is the fifth time this season that England’s number one has conceded a goal from outside the area, and the second in two games.
It’s a perfect start for Burnley!
Robbie Brady finds the bottom corner with a brilliant long-range punch ☄️ pic.twitter.com/Cp4BNYhzAN
– Football at BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 5, 2020
The visitors were far from convincing at the rear, but almost tied 10 minutes later. The opportunity was created by Alex Iwobi after his cross was received by a Dominic Calvert-Lewin. However, the England man was denied by the return of Nick Pope, who made a good reaction save with his knees.
Matt Lowton was then caught by a long cross ball, allowing Richarlison to burst into the area. But the Brazilian was forced to walk on his left foot and his blow from a narrow angle was easily saved by Pope.
In an end-to-end start, Josh Brownhill was not far from finding his goal after getting rid of Abdoulaye Doucoure. His shot from the edge of the box missed Pickford’s right post.
Pope’s goal kick wreaked havoc on Everton’s defense. Chris Wood’s one-two with Dwight McNeil led the New Zealander to pass clean to door. Pickford, however, reacted quickly and made an excellent low save.
There was a brief stoppage when Brownhill needed treatment after the side of his head caught Gomes’s elbow as the pair went for a 50-50 ball. Fortunately, the Burnley midfielder returned to the field after treatment.
Everton, however, were level moments before the break. Burnley’s appeals for a foul on Allan’s Westwood fell on deaf ears and the Brazilian found Richarlison. His first cross was delivered by Calvert-Lewin.
11 – Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored more goals from inside the box than any other player in the top five European leagues this season. Text book. pic.twitter.com/y9IvlHvJel
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 5, 2020
Everton on top in the second half
The Toffees then got off to a brilliant start in the second half when both Richarlison and Andre Gomes found goalkeeping efforts blocked.
James Rodriguez then tried his luck from outside the box, but Pope denied it with a fine fingertip.
Brownhill deflected a ball from Richarlison towards the roof of the net when Everton managed to keep Burnley in the rear, although the home team was able to absorb the sustained pressure from their opponents.
Everton were certainly having a better time, but found it difficult to break through Burnley’s stubborn rear.
And it was Burnley who came close to winning it when Pickford made a big reaction to avoid Woodheader of.
Everton carved out yet another chance for himself and Pope used his feet to great effect to avoid Gylfi Sigurdsson’s effort. The opportunity was created after a beautiful pass from Rodríguez.
The result means that Everton now have just one win in their last seven games. It’s a disappointing drop in form after their excellent start to the season saw them top the table in September.
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