Everton slumped to yet another defeat at Goodison Park, this time at the hands of Sean Dyche’s Burnley.
Despite a disappointing performance and result on Monday night against Chelsea, Carlo Ancelotti kept faith with the majority of those who played at Stamford Bridge, with Tom Davies for Gylfi Sigurdsson his only change for the visit of The Clarets.
As has been the case so often this season, Everton did not start well and fell behind after Tom Davies was bundled off the ball deep inside his own half. Burnley were incisive once they had won it back, with Chris Wood slotting past Jordan Pickford to give them a dream start to proceedings on Merseyside.
Things got even better for Dyche’s side just ten minutes later, with Dwight McNeil scoring one of the finest goals of the season after a sensational turn away from Allan. It was a glorious strike and one that further illustrates the youngster’s incredible ability and potential.
Limping towards the interval, Everton did get one back with just over ten minutes left to play. After a fabulous cross by Davies, Calvert-Lewin nodded the ball home to give his team an undeserved yet vital lifeline.
Despite a desperately disappointing showing, Everton had a route back into the match as the half-time whistle sounded. Could they pursue it in the next forty five?
Half Time: Everton 1-2 Burnley
The answer was a resounding no. Despite an ok opening ten minutes, in which Calvert-Lewin missed a sitter and André Gomes forced Nick Pope into a fine save, Everton did not build anything in the second half that suggested an equaliser was on its way. Conversely, Burnley continued to pose a threat, with Matej Vydra and Ben Mee all wasting decent openings against substitute goalkeeper João Virgínia, who had replaced an injured Pickford in the first half.
The brevity of this match report speaks volumes. There is nothing constructive to say about Everton’s performance, nor anything new to add. They were what they have been at Goodison Park for the vast majority of the season- clueless, lifeless and aimless. Those are not characteristics of sides that have aspirations of qualifying for the Europa League, never mind the Champions League, and highlight that, for all the positives of Ancelotti’s first full season in charge, there is an underbelly of softness at Everton that stops the club from being anything more than mediocre and Goodison Park from feeling anything like home.
Full Time: Everton 1-2 Burnley
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