TALKING POINTS: Burnley 1, Everton 1

Burnley produced arguably their best performance of the season as they drew 1-1 at Turf Moor against Carlo Ancelotti’s star-studded Toffees.
Nick Pope turns James Rodriguezs curler round the postNick Pope turns James Rodriguezs curler round the post
Nick Pope turns James Rodriguezs curler round the post

Robbie Brady gave the Clarets the lead with a terrific right-footed strike from 20 yards within three minutes, and Chris Wood could have put daylight between the sides only for Jordan Pickford to make a key save.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin maintained his magnificent start to the season with an 11th goal of the campaign to level matters, and both sides had chances to win it in the second half.

Her are the key talking points.


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Sean Dyche credits the saying to assistant Ian Woan, but often uses it - “there has to be a future in performances”.

And this was Burnley’s most encouraging display of the season to date.

Goal-less draws at West Brom and Brighton were bases to build from, as was the only win to date at home to Crystal Palace.

And while there were defeats in between to Spurs, Chelsea and Manchester City, the performances - City aside - have been steps in the right direction.

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Saturday’s display against a fine Everton side was not that of one potentially battling against the drop.

As goal scorer Robbie Brady said afterwards: "We've got more than enough to get the job done."

This wasn’t the direct Burnley people have pigeonholed Dyche’s side as, as they mixed their play to great effect, moving the ball well at times, with some incisive one-touch passing, while also getting the ball forward early.

They played through Everton, over them, around them, and created as many golden chances as they have all season.

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But for some good goalkeeping and profligate finishing, they could have been celebrating back to back home wins.


Gareth Southgate was in attendance at Turf Moor, and would have been delighted with what he saw from his current number one goalkeeper, and a man who has started the friendly game in each of the last two international camps.

Jordan Pickford was beaten by Robbie Brady’s early right footer - and although he had little chance, it was the 29 goal Premier League goal he has conceded from outside the box since joining the Toffees in 2017 - six more than any other goalkeeper in that time.

However, but for the former Sunderland man, Burnley might have put the game beyond Everton, as he came quickly off his line to prevent Chris Wood making it 2-0 from Dwight McNeil’s pass - a key moment before Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalised.

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And Pickford denied the Kiwi again in a strong spell late on from Burnley, plunging to his right to claw away a header from a McNeil corner.

Nick Pope also had to be at his best in front of the national boss.

Restored to the side after missing the 5-0 defeat at Manchester City after receiving stitches in a head wound after a brave late save that sealed victory over Crystal Palace, Pope was instantly back in the groove.

He flung himself to his right to keep out a measured curler from James Rodriguez which looked destined for the net, before using his legs to block a late effort from substitute Gylffi Sigurdsson from Rodriguez’s sublime pass.

Top marks all round.


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Robbie Brady was handed a first start since the goalless draw at Brighton, and delivered a display which was a blast from the past.

There is no doubting the mercurial Irishman’s talent, the question is whether he can consistently deliver again after a series of injury setbacks which started three years ago.

Since badly injuring his knee at Leicester in December 2017, Brady has made only 42 appearances, but his performance against Everton harked back to the form he showed over the first half of that season, as he helped the Clarets climb to seventh in the table - a position they never relinquished as they went on to qualify for the Europa League.

Before that cruel blow, Brady had danced through the Blackburn defence in a comfortable cup win at Ewood Park, and lashed in a right-footer from outside the area in victory at Bournemouth on a night where the Clarets fans’ tongue in cheek chants about a European tour started to be taken more seriously.

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He was also integral in the 24-pass move which led to his best pal Jeff Hendrick’s winner at Everton.

Brady was close to those standards against Carlo Ancelotti’s men, boosted no doubt by his skidding effort which beat Pickford to give Burnley the lead.

He backed that up with a hard-working display, and that wand of a left foot looked capable of carving out the chances Burnley have strived to create in a testing start to the season.

He was forced off with cramp late on, but radio pundit Trevor Sinclair- who knows a thing or two about wing play - raved about him in his summary on Radio5 Live.

More of the same please.


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Burnley’s struggle for creativity this season has been well documented.

And Chris Wood’s winner in the last home game against Crystal Palace was their first at Turf Moor in four games, and only their fourth all told.

Robbie Brady added a fifth to put the Clarets ahead, but it was hugely encouraging to see the quantity and quality of openings against a fine side, albeit not in the best form themselves.

Wood could and should have had a couple of goals, even taking two good stops from Pickford into account, while Dwight McNeil continues to look to refine his finishing to add to his impressive tool box of skills.

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And there were enough nearly moments, where only a better final pass or cross was lacking, to suggest a lack of goals won’t continue moving forward.


He only came on for the final four minutes, and four further minutes of stoppage time, but Josh Benson again did his cause no harm whatsoever.

Having proudly made his Premier League bow at Manchester City last week, in testing circumstances, Dyche said: “He gave a really good account of himself in a really tough game.

“He never went under, kept going physically and kept going with the ball when he could when we were able to get a foothold in the game.

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"He secured the play in little passages and he should be really pleased with himself. I made sure he knew that after the game. He conducted himself really well.”

The same could be said for his cameo against Everton, as he secured possession in key moments, showing a composure and clarity of thinking that you’d imagine could be evasive in the heat of battle, as Burnley looked to at least hold onto what they had.

The midfielder is technically adept, and is showing Dyche can certainly consider him moving forward to compete with the four more senior options in the squad.