PREM: Everton 3-1 Burnley


Phil Jagielka celebrates scoring the opener

Everton set a club record of eight Premier League home wins in a row as they beat Burnley 3-1 at Goodison Park


Phil Jagielka scored for the third game in succession to put the hosts ahead in the 49th minute, but Sam Vokes quickly replied from the penalty spot after being brought down by a clumsy challenge from Joel Robles.

Ross Barkley, who was at the centre of a controversial article on Friday that led to Everton banning The Sun newspaper, helped make it 2-1 as his shot deflected in off Michael Keane and then Ben Mee for an OG.

Romelu Lukaku made sure of victory as he scored his 24th league goal of the season in the 74th minute. Lukaku has now scored in the last nine consecutive games Goodison Park as Everton have won eight home league games in a row for the first time since 1990.

Burnley's wait for an away win this season continues, meanwhile, as they were made to rue several missed chances in the first half. Ashley Williams returned from suspension to replace Matthew Pennington for Everton while Sam Vokes was preferred up front to Andre Gray for Burnley.

Lukaku spurned an early chance when he shot at Tom Heaton from Mason Holgate's low pass into the box. But that was a rare opening for Everton, who otherwise looked below their best and were fortunate not to fall behind.

Joel Robles had to be alert to stop Ashley Barnes latching on to Jagielka's underhit backpass before Keane saw a header from a corner cleared off the line by Barkley. Vokes also failed to beat Robles after getting away down the middle, before the striker had another shot saved after collecting a second slack backpass from Jagielka.

Everton did improve later in the half and Heaton pulled off a good save to keep out Holgate's low shot. Kevin Mirallas' free-kick also deflected narrowly wide, but the introduction for Enner Valencia at half-time for Idrissa Gueye helped Everton up the tempo.

They took the lead in the 49th minute when Jagielka headed in at the back post, only to be quickly pegged back as Vokes scored from 12 yards after being fouled by Robles as he ran away from goal. Everton, though, managed to build momentum and Mirallas saw a shot saved before striking the post.

Barkley helped get the breakthrough in the 71st minute as his shot took two deflections and looped past Heaton. The midfielder celebrated by standing on the hoarding in the Gwladys Street End, grabbing the badge on his shirt and saluting the crowd.

There were more celebrations shortly afterwards as Lukaku turned Keane and fired past the goalkeeper. Barkley cleared another header off the line late in the game but otherwise it was comfortable for Everton to see out another home win.
 


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