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EPL: Benitez praise for Townsend & Gray

Mee’s header on his 200th league appearance handed Burnley the lead in the 53rd minute but Everton’s response was emphatic as the hosts came alive to claim their third league victory of the season
 Michael Keane headed Everton’s equaliser in the 59th minute before Andros Townsend curled in a sensational left-footed finish to give Everton the lead.

Reuters   |   Liverpool   |   Published 15.09.21, 04:00 AM

Everton struck three times in seven minutes in the second half as they came from a goal down to beat Burnley 3-1 at Goodison Park on Monday.

 Ben Mee’s header on his 200th Premier League appearance handed Burnley the lead in the 53rd minute but Everton’s response was emphatic as the hosts came alive to claim their third league victory of the season.

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 Michael Keane headed Everton’s equaliser in the 59th minute before Andros Townsend curled in a sensational left-footed finish to give Everton the lead.

 Seconds later Demarai Gray went through all alone to slot home Everton’s third goal to the delight of the home fans.

 Everton moved into fourth spot with 10 points from four games — level on points with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United.

 Burnley had been the better side in the first half but they are still awaiting their first league win of the season and remain on one point in 18th place.

 Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez’s arrival at Goodison was not universally popular amongst Everton’s fans but they have started the season in style, scoring 10 goals in four games.

 Everton’s only real chance before the break was when Townsend picked out the run of Abdoulaye Doucoure whose first-time angled effort was well saved by Nick Pope.

 It was only after Mee headed Burnley in front that Everton came alive and Townsend was the catalyst.

 He showed great feet to engineer some space on the right wing before whipping in a perfect cross for Keane to glance in his header.

 Townsend had gone almost a year without a Premier League goal but his effort was worth the wait.

 Picking up the ball in a central area he jinked his way forward before sending a curling, dipping left-footer into the top corner of the net.

 Doucoure then split the Burnley defence to send Gray clear and he calmly beat Pope before Doucoure himself had a goal disallowed for offside as Everton ran riot.

‘Good pros’

Benitez hailed new signings Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray after the victory.

“When we scored our goal, we had more confidence, played 4-3-3, created more chances and could have scored more goals,” Benitez said.

“Both Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend have quality and are good pros. They are keen to learn, even Andros at his age.”



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