Everton victorious on Dyche’s return to Burnley

Manager Sean Dyche enjoyed a winning return to Burnley as his in-form Everton side picked up their fourth consecutive Premier League victory.

Dyche was in charge at Turf Moor for almost 10 years before being sacked last year, and there was no room for sentiment as his Toffees team ruthlessly moved seven points clear of the relegation zone.

James Trafford made a superb save to keep out Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header, but Amadou Onana leapt above the Burnley goalkeeper from the resulting corner to nod in the opener from Dwight McNeil’s delivery.

The visitors doubled their lead after 25 minutes as Michael Keane stroked in at the second attempt after his initial effort was saved by Trafford and Dara O’Shea failed to clear the rebound.

Burnley looked to threaten in the second half as Zeki Amdouni forced Jordan Pickford into a fine save at full stretch and Sander Berge rattled the crossbar, but a bleak season continues as the Clarets remain second bottom and are now six points adrift of safety.

A win made in Burnley

Dyche took charge of the Clarets for over 400 games and brought them up twice from the Championship, but he was dismissed in April 2022 and the team eventually went down again.

When Everton were deducted 10 points for breaching Premier League financial rules last month, some thought the sanction could destroy morale and result in the team and their manager ending up in the second tier.

Dyche has instead injected fresh impetus into their season and the outstanding form has continued, his players collecting their 10th victory in the past 14 games in all competitions to move up to 16th in the table.

This was their eighth league win of the top-flight campaign so far, matching their haul from the entirety of last season, and that alone highlights the progress they have made under Dyche.

Not only did Burnley’s old manager come back to haunt them, but two former Clarets players did too as McNeil – who headed narrowly wide when it was goalless – provided the assist for the opener and Keane scored the second.

Centre-half Keane could have had another in the second half but struck the post from close range, as Everton kept their fourth straight shutout, with only leaders Liverpool and second-placed Arsenal conceding fewer goals than the Blues this term.

Burnley staring into the abyss

Burnley have indicated firm support for manager Vincent Kompany, but there is growing concern at the direction of their season, with chairman Alan Pace watching this latest setback from the stands.

They have won just two of their 17 Premier League games this season and are off the bottom of the table only on goal difference ahead of fellow strugglers Sheffield United.

Their home form is the worst of any team in the competition, winning once at Turf Moor and losing the other eight games, and no team has survived with only eight points at this stage of a Premier League campaign.

Burnley failed to draw a save from Pickford in the first half and, after going into the interval 2-0 behind, Amdouni’s effort from range which was tipped wide by the England goalkeeper was the closest they came to providing any cheer for their despondent supporters.

The Clarets travel to Fulham in their next game on 23 December, aiming for three points to avoid a miserable Christmas and provide some hope that they might avoid an immediate return to the Championship.

Player of the match

PattersonNathan Patterson

Burnley

  1. Squad number1Player nameTrafford

  2. Squad number34Player nameBruun Larsen

  3. Squad number16Player nameBerge

  4. Squad number22Player nameVitinho

  5. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill

  6. Squad number47Player nameOdobert

  7. Squad number2Player nameO’Shea

  8. Squad number17Player nameFoster

  9. Squad number9Player nameRodríguez

  10. Squad number44Player nameDelcroix

  11. Squad number10Player nameManuel

  12. Squad number25Player nameAmdouni

  13. Squad number5Player nameBeyer

  14. Squad number15Player nameRedmond

  15. Squad number28Player nameAl Dakhil

  16. Squad number31Player nameTrésor

Everton

  1. Squad number2Player namePatterson

  2. Squad number5Player nameKeane

  3. Squad number22Player nameGodfrey

  4. Squad number8Player nameOnana

  5. Squad number6Player nameTarkowski

  6. Squad number7Player nameMcNeil

  7. Squad number37Player nameGarner

  8. Squad number11Player nameHarrison

  9. Squad number1Player namePickford

  10. Squad number16Player nameDoucouré

  11. Squad number14Player nameBeto

  12. Squad number9Player nameCalvert-Lewin

  13. Squad number61Player nameDobbin

Line-ups

Burnley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Trafford
  • 22da SilvaSubstituted forRedmondat 87′minutes
  • 2O’Shea
  • 5Beyer
  • 44DelcroixSubstituted forAl Dakhilat 70′minutes
  • 34Bruun LarsenSubstituted forManuelat 82′minutes
  • 16Berge
  • 8Brownhill
  • 47OdobertSubstituted forTrésorat 87′minutes
  • 9RodríguezSubstituted forFosterat 45′minutes
  • 25Amdouni

Substitutes

  • 10Manuel
  • 14Roberts
  • 15Redmond
  • 17Foster
  • 24Cullen
  • 28Al Dakhil
  • 31Trésor
  • 45Obafemi
  • 49Muric

Everton

Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Pickford
  • 2Patterson
  • 22Godfrey
  • 5Keane
  • 6Tarkowski
  • 7McNeil
  • 11Harrison
  • 16DoucouréSubstituted forDobbinat 45′minutes
  • 8Onana
  • 37GarnerBooked at 82mins
  • 9Calvert-LewinSubstituted forGomes Betuncalat 82′minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Danjuma
  • 12Neves Virgínia
  • 14Gomes Betuncal
  • 28Ramalho Chermiti
  • 31Lonergan
  • 58Hunt
  • 61Dobbin
  • 73Campbell
  • 86Metcalfe
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
21,413

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