Maxwell Cornet’s late goal put Burnley one point behind Everton – and safety – with a stunning 3-2 win over Turf Murray that sent Tofis deep into the relegation zone.
A game that could have far-reaching effects on the fortunes of both sides, including a three-point Claretes labeled “wide” by goalscorer J. Rodriguez, elevated Claret to 18th place, just behind Everton, who sit directly above them outside the relegation zone.
The Clarits enjoyed a dream start as they sought to narrow the safety gap when Nathan Collins took advantage of some terrific Everton defenses in the side-foot home from an early corner.
But when Toffis was awarded a penalty for Ashley Westwood’s foul on Anthony Gordon, Richardson’s level changed the pace of play and a second spot-kick after a VAR review was blocked by the Brazilians four minutes before the break.
He may have scored a hat-trick just after half-time but Rodriguez denied him the woodwork moments before Charlie Taylor’s great pull-back to level the hosts.
An open fight begins and flows as both sides try to find a winner without losing, until substitute Matej Vidra from Ben Godfrey is allowed to replace Matej Vidra with an earthquake victory over Burnley – just the fourth of their season. Five minutes from the time.
Burnley digs deep to find the real hope of survival
After the opening 15 minutes where they blew their spectators, Burnley struggled to regain their early dominance in a game where anything other than a win kept them at least four points away from safety.
They cleared their goal with four shots from the kick-off, including Collins’ first goal for the club, which came at the end of the first corner.
Everton’s third quarter saw more than 40 per cent play in the first quarter of an hour, but the hosts’ motivation was suddenly shattered when Gordon Westwood’s pressure eased easily, with Mike Dean pointing straight to the spot and Richardson. Equal to 12 yards.
Tofis’ second spot-kick was much less controversial but gave the Clarats a tough job at the break, as they only won twice and scored 10 goals, throughout the season.
The hosts’ performance after half time was far from over and they were seen to expand at occasional breaks, but an elasticity flowed throughout the team, with James Tarkovsky, the best player of the match, pushing both full-backs to make a comeback in defense.
That aggressive philosophy is not often associated with Shawn Deutsch, he said Sky Sports The whole time he changed Claret’s style, keeping in mind Everton’s leaked defense – and desperately needed his own team points. “We felt that there could be an edge that we could attack them, perhaps more independently,” he said.
Left-back Taylor was at the center of both of their comeback goals, first entering the box and squaring Rodriguez to equalize, before another cross was mis-controlled by Godfrey to win.
“We were disappointed to take one lead and concede two foul goals,” Rodriguez said. Sky Sports “We have to stay calm, show we can play, we have some good players and I think the second half showed that.”
Everton repeats defensive nightmares
Burnley’s character took them so far, but there was a reason they failed to score in their last eight home games and their last three before the Everton tour.
Frank Lampard carved a stone face on the full-time flute, wisely throwing his side a valuable victory through three basic defensive errors.
Sky Sports’ Andy Hinchcliff labeled Collins’ side-footed opener, a comfortable finish after an untracked run from a corner to the back post, an example of “diabolical defending” and something more positive about Everton’s effort in the second half. Strikes from Rodriguez and Cornet.
Both scorers were unmarked for home close-range finishing and for throwing Everton into the relegation zone, the latter being annoyed by a terrible mistake in the build-up from the late winner Godfrey.
Concerns over Lampard’s forward football were raised during his appointment due to Tofis’ defensive deficit but under his leadership they have now conceded 22 goals in 12 games in all competitions, including nine in their last three matches.
“Defensively, again, like West Ham and many other games this season, they’ve only made initial defensive errors,” Hinchcliffe said.
“When you don’t stop the cross, you panic if the ball is in the box and you don’t pick up their people, you lose.
“In this game and of course in the West Ham game, which I was in on Sunday, they did a terribly right, but they constantly missed chances and then defended badly, so they’re not giving themselves a chance to win.”
Deutsche: Everton don’t know how to win
Deutsche revealed that he told his Burnley player Everton “how to win” because they had planned their return for the seventh defeat in 10 games at Tofis.
Deutsche reported Sky Sports: “I was there, I know what it’s like and it was a tough patch for us every season. It’s hard to explain, but sometimes you feel like how a team can win a game can be lost. I told them at half time, ‘I’m not sure they know how to win a game, especially outside the home’.
“I told them we had to play with that mentality – we did it to play better and to be more aggressive in our game. Our passing and trying to get to the front of the pitch was not glorious but there were patches and enough patches where we got three goals and I am satisfied with that.
“I think they took six points from 42 away from home before the game and have conceded 49 points so far this season, so we felt we could attack them, perhaps more independently. I don’t think it flowed freely, but we did have moments that must have been counted, and I reminded them halfway through. “
Lampard: We are no different from other relegation batsmen
Lampard said the win should have been seen after holding his team’s half-time lead, adding that Tofis was in a real “battle” to avoid a drop before adding.
The club’s size, history and relative success put more pressure on Everton than their exiled rivals, he said. Sky Sports: “It seems the same to me, it may be true, but it should not be in the case of football at all.
“The reality is that we are no different from Burnley, Watford, Norwich or Leeds. We are here as a football club. Players don’t need to hear or read anything other than to be present tomorrow and get the right results to keep us in this league.
“It simply came to our notice then. The only thing we can do is control what we do, work and fight for results.
“From 2-1, we should win the game, and score more goals. We’re countless possibilities, not clinical enough about a counter-attack, and at that point you leave the game open. Then we make mistakes for their purpose.
“I’m not sure what’s important, but the players have to deal with it. The only way to do that is to fight, and keep working. That’s what the players have to do. We are in a war, if we didn’t know it before, we know it now. We are still at the top of Burnley at the table, but obviously we are very disappointed to lose from the winning position. “
The rest of Burnley’s game
April 10 – Norwich (a), Live on Sky Sports
April 17 – West Ham (a)
April 21 – Southampton (H), Live on Sky Sports
April 24 – Wolf (h)
April 30 – Watford (a)
May 6 – Aston Villa (H)
May 15 – Tottenham (a)
May 19 – Aston Villa (a)
May 22 – Newcastle (H)
The rest of Everton’s matches
April 9 – Man United (H)
April 20 – Leicester (H), Live on Sky Sports
April 24 – Liverpool (a), Live on Sky Sports
May 1 – Chelsea (H), Live on Sky Sports
May 6 – Lester (a)
May 10 – Watford (a)
May 15 – Brentford (H)
May 19 – Crystal Palace (h)
May 22 – Arsenal