Nathan Collins on target as Burnley’s comeback win Everton moves closer to Premier League trapdoor

Maxwel Cornet struck five minutes from time to give Burnley a potentially decisive 3-2 win over relegation rivals Everton in a frantic game that faltered from end to end.

Urnley had taken an early lead with Nathan Collins’ first goal for the club but then fell behind when Richarlison scored twice from penalties before the break.

And the game turned again in the second half when Jay Rodriguez equalized in the 56th minute before Cornet’s first goal since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations in January gave Burnley their first win in six games and them all but one point closer to Everton for 17th place.

A sodden and dejected Frank Lampard trudged off the field after full-time, his side now having lost six straight away wins in the league and struggling deeper and deeper.

Burnley had lost their last four without scoring and were unceremoniously told by Sean Dyche to just ‘step in goal’ and the manager opted for an attacking side with Rodriguez coming in and Cornet Dwight McNeil on the left replaced.

Both managers had tried to downplay the idea of ​​a relegation decision, but for Turf Moor there was a real sense of tension at kick-off.

Burnley was the first to feed on it, with Charlie Taylor and Ashley Westwood both threatening before Dublin’s Collins broke the deadlock after 12 minutes.


Nathan Collins celebrates his debut (Richard Sellers/PA)

It was another for Everton’s defensive horror show role. Cornet sent a corner that floated over a crowd of Everton defenders for Collins to snap back in for his first Burnley goal.

The gate was met with great roars from the home loyalists, but within minutes they turned to groans.

Everton had barely made it out of their own half before Collins’ strike, but as Anthony Gordon broke into the box he went the wrong side of Westwood, who awkwardly dragged him to the ground, and Richarlison’s over-the-top, stuttering run-up did the trick when Goalkeeper Nick Pope went the wrong way.

Everton were now at the top. Richarlison’s bending shot took a pitch to bend narrowly after Abdoulaye Doucoure pushed forward, then the Brazilian and Dominic Calvert-Lewin got into a muddle after Alex Iwobi’s pass split the Burnley defense.


Richarlison scored twice from the penalty spot (Richard Sellers/PA)

It was another Iwobi pass that sent Vitaliy Mykolenko into the box and as the Ukrainian moved away from Aaron Lennon he was caught by an outstretched boot.

Referee Mike Dean initially looked the other way despite the Everton player’s over-the-top reaction, but VAR Darren England sent the referee to the screens with the inevitable result of a second penalty. Again, Richarlison sent Pope the wrong way.

Burnley equalized 11 minutes into the restart when Taylor sliced ​​in from the left and drilled a low cross through a crowd of Everton defenders for Rodriguez to hammer home from close range.

Everton looked for an immediate response but Pope was on the alert to get Richarlison’s overhead kick to safety before Calvert-Lewin headed in.


Jay Rodriguez (left) equalized for the Clarets (Richard Sellers/PA)

As rain swept the floor, James Tarkowski blocked Gordon’s shot on target with Jarrad Branthwaite replacing the suspended Michael Keane and heading over from the resulting corner.

Cornet then stumbled to the ground in the box and turned to face Dean, although Gordon’s contact had been gentle.

Cornet was lively, coming back to defend but posed a constant threat. Ben Godfrey did well to save his low cross in front of goal, then his curling shot was overplayed by Jordan Pickford.


Maxwel Cornet celebrates Burnley’s third goal (Richard Sellers/PA)

But the Ivorian’s efforts paid off thanks to another defensive roar five minutes from time.

Godfrey got it all wrong trying to deal with Taylor’s cross and the ball twisted to substitute Matej Vydra, who put a cross in Cornet’s path. His goal sparked great celebrations among home fans. Nathan Collins on target as Burnley’s comeback win Everton moves closer to Premier League trapdoor

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