Everton produced the perfect scoring response, scoring three times in seven minutes in the second half to secure a 3-1 victory over Burnley.
Ben Mee’s header gave Burnley the lead early in the second half at Goodison Park, but Rafael Benitez’s side fought back and then some.
Former Burnley defender Michael Keane equalized with a header on time.
The match was reversed five minutes later when Andros Townsend defeated Nick Pope, all resulting in a breathtaking effort at 25 yards.
And Everton took a 3-1 lead when man of the moment Demarai Gray returned the ball home after grabbing Abdoulaye Doucoure’s perfect pass on the meter moments later.
The only shock absorber of the night for Everton was the news that Dominic Calvert-Lewin was out for 2-3 weeks with a broken toe and thigh.
Getting a victory from behind, at home against Southampton on the opening day of the season, after all their previous problems could be seen as luck.
Doing it twice in successive matches indicates something else; a breeding of determination and resilience to dig deeper and fight for the jersey – something that Goodison’s loyalists have felt missing for some time.
Abdoulaye Doucoure was at the heart of Everton’s best moments, but two newcomers Townsend and Gray, reported for a combined £ 1.7million in a bargain-priced summer transfer window, added a push and a motivation that the team’s players lacked in previous years.
Townsend’s goal was a beauty shot, clinging to Doucoure’s pass to hit a shot at Nick Pope. Gray’s one-on-one finish was cool the way you want it to be and had the old floor swaying where just moments earlier he was moaning.
An attritional first half from Burnley had the desired effect of tiring their hosts, although the Clarets could have been ahead before half time with a better finish.
Unusually, it was their air force that let them down as Chris Wood failed to take enough lead on a Dwight McNeil cross and Mee nodded in a corner, while Josh Brownhill fired. directly on Jordan Pickford.
Calvert-Lewin’s absence became more and more noticeable, as the use of Richarlison as a center forward against Mee and James Tarkowski just didn’t work with Everton’s tactic of getting the ball moving quickly.
Doucoure made the first real save of the match when he hit Townsend’s pass to force Pope to strike, but it was a rare foray into the penalty area and it was no surprise when Burnley took the advantage just after half-time.
Everton failed to handle McNeil’s free kick and then Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s cross as Mee walked through a crowd of blue shirts to get home from close range.
But their fighting spirit eventually emerged during a mad period kicked off by Keane powerfully returning a header to the post near Townsend’s center.
Benitez immediately changed to 4-3-3, removing center-back Ben Godfrey for midfielder Andre Gomes, and the game changed in an instant.
Doucoure played a big role when he first picked Townsend from the halfway line and the winger cut inside on his left foot to hit home a brilliant, looping, diving shot.
He then sliced Burnley with a deep ball to send Gray qualifying for the 3-1 and the Frenchman was only denied a deserved goal by an offside flag as Everton went wild.
Another vicious attempt by Townsend from a distance was repelled by Pope while Gomes’ excuse for missing the mark with a clear view of the goal could only be over-excitement.
With four games remaining unbeaten for Benitez and the victory lifted Everton to fourth place but tied with Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool on 10 points.
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