Burnley slipped to yet another away day defeat yesterday, making it 17 games since the Clarets last picked up three points away from home.
Goals from Phil Jagielka, Romelu Lukaku and a Ben Mee own goal were enough to see the Toffees to an eighth consecutive home league win.
Sam Vokes netted for Burnley from the spot to make it 1-1 and give the Clarets hope, but it wasn’t to be, and the search for an elusive away win goes on.
Despite the result, the performance will have pleased Sean Dyche. Burnley dominated for large parts of the first half and created some great chances, but they failed to take them, and ultimately, that cost them in the end.
Here, I will look at yesterday’s starting 11 and rate them on a scale on 1-10…#
Tom Heaton: 8 – Nothing he could have done about any of the goals. Made some smart saves to deny Lukaku, Holgate and Mirallas. Distribution was much improved.
Matt Lowton: 7 – Didn’t have a bad game, but could have done more in an attacking sense, he was slightly hesitant to join the attacks. Marshalled the threat of Mirallas and Baines relatively well.
Michael Keane: 8 – Impressed again at the back. Distribution was very good and played a key role in striding out from the back when Burnley won the penalty. One error when he got rolled by Lukaku for the goal.
Ben Mee: 8 – Continued his fine run of performances. Kept Lukaku to a minimum all game long, making him drift into wide areas to get involved. Put his head on everything as per usual.
Stephen Ward: 7 – Solid performance from the Irishman. Like Lowton, he was slightly hesitant to get forward and help Brady. However, by neglecting his attacking duties, he was very strong at the back.
George Boyd: 6 – Wasn’t bad, but could have done a lot more to influence the game. A little bit too negative going forward by turning back. Should be more positive.
Joey Barton: 7 – Very good performance. Used the ball well and put himself about in midfield. However, a slack pass lead to Everton’s second goal.
Jeff Hendrick: 7 – Like Barton, he got on the ball and used it well. Played a key role in setting Vokes up to win the penalty by driving forward from midfield – exactly what we want to see from him.
Robbie Brady: 8 – Followed up last week’s good performance with another. Put some good deliveries into the box and was Burnley’s most creative player by some distance. Starting to show the quality we expected from him.
Sam Vokes: 7 – Very good penalty to send Robles the wrong way. Strong performance in the first half, but had little to feed off second half. Could, and probably should, have done better with two golden chances in the first half.
Ashley Barnes: 7 – Like Vokes, he was good in the first half, winning headers and fouls to get Burnley up the pitch. Faded out of the game in the second half though once Everton took control.