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Everton 0-1 Burnley: Player Ratings

 • by Matt Gault
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Everton’s miserable start to the season continued as they lost 1-0 at home to Burnley. Jeff Hendrick’s first-half strike was enough to give the Clarets an impressive victory, lifting them to sixth in the process.

The Toffees, meanwhile, were booed off the pitch at the final whistle as they continue their struggle to turn things around. This latest defeat leaves them in 16th place, just two points above the relegation zone.

The home side threw bodies forward as they chased an equaliser but looked bereft of ideas as Burnley’s magnificent organisation at the back saw them through to another three points on the road.

Everton

Jordan Pickford – 6

Pickford is often noted for his excellent distribution skills, but he misplaced his fair share of passes. He only had to make one save but did well to read Brady’s intentions when he intercepted the Irishman’s cross, preventing it from reaching Wood.

Cuco Martina – 5

The right-back certainly had no qualms in getting high up the pitch, but he made little difference in the final third. The 28-year-old was wasteful at times in possession, too, misplacing a few long balls as the home side struggled for ideas.

Michael Keane – 6

Not the reunion with his former employers he would have been hoping for, but he was the most solid member of the Toffees back four, making 11 clearances, winning ten duels and also winning eight aerial battles.

His best piece of defending came when he headed Brady’s free-kick clear from practically the goal-line, stopping Burnley from potentially scoring a second.

Ashley Williams – 5

Definitely suffering a crisis of confidence, the former Swansea City captain breathed a massive sigh of relief when referee Jon Moss penalised Arfield for diving after the defender had clattered into him.

Leighton Baines – 5.5

For a vastly-experienced left-back with such a cultured left foot, Baines’ delivery was extremely disappointing at times. The 32-year-old did set up Niasse with a fine cross but it came to nothing.

Baines completed 87% of his passes but was booked for cynically stopping a counter.

Idrissa Gueye – 5.5

Was typically tenacious in the middle of the park but his decision-making was questionable at times, notably when he ballooned a speculative effort well over the bar with plenty of teammates to aim for in the box.

The Senegalese midfielder won two tackles and stopped a few Burnley counter-attacks but it was not his most commanding performance and he needs to show a bit more composure in possession.

Morgan Schneiderlin – 5

As a defensive midfielder with strong ball-winning abilities, the former Manchester United man will be disappointed at his attempt to stop Hendrick for the opening goal. It was a weak attempt to stop the Irishman, diving into allow the Burnley man to drop the shoulder and easily beat him.

Was subbed off for Wayne Rooney.

Nikola Vlašić – 5

The Croatian teenager is clearly a talented player with the ball at his feet, but he was caught ball-watching as Ward ran off his shoulder to create the opener, showing his lack of Premier League experience.

The 19-year-old was quiet going forward too and was eventually hooked by Koeman for Tom Davies.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 5.5

Looked a bright spark in an otherwise uninspired Everton attack at times, but couldn’t find a clear-cut chance to really make a difference.

The young forward lost an amazing 18 duels, more than any other player, perhaps showing that he has a bit to learn. However, he certainly put in a shift and did not do himself a disservice by any stretch.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – 5

The Icelandic playmaker was bright early on but should have done better with an early chance when his shot lacked conviction after some fine build-up play by Calvert-Lewin and Vlasic.

The former Swansea man looks desperately short on confidence. He hasn’t made the desired impact following his big-money move from the Liberty Stadium and perhaps was guilty of trying to force the issue here.

Oumar Niasse – 5

His brace against Bournemouth left Ronald Koeman little choice but to start him, but Niasse was very quiet. The Senegalese striker worked hard but was ineffective, and was sloppy with a lot of his attempted link-up play.

The forward’s biggest chance came when he headed Baines’ cross just wide when he should have been hitting the target.

Burnley

Nick Pope

Perhaps didn’t have as much to do as he would have anticipated but was unerring when called into action, making four saves and dominantly dealing with several of the Everton crosses thrown into the box.

Matthew Lowton – 6

The right-back may not have been as influential going forward as Ward on the opposite flank, but Lowton went about his defensive duties very well indeed, keeping tight to Sigurdsson and Calvert-Lewin throughout the afternoon as he contributed to Burnley’s excellent organisation.

James Tarkowski – 7

Continued his excellent recent form by simply getting in the way of pretty much everything early on. Making his 200th appearance for Burnley, he is certainly a crucial player for Dyche at the back – and showed as much against the Toffees.

It was another hugely competent display by the 24-year-old, who is beginning to see his star rise after starting this season in such fine form. A double clearance deep into stoppage-time summed up his performance.

Ben Mee – 7

Formed one-half of an extremely impressive defensive partnership with Tarkowski as they frustrated Everton on numerous occasions.

Mee won no fewer than 13 duels, made 18 clearances and won ten aerial duels. That pretty much says it all. Not unlike Tarkowski, he was everywhere at the back.

Stephen Ward – 7

Created the first half-chance after just four minutes with a superbly inviting cross from the left. Everton clearly didn’t take heed of the early warning, though, as the Irishman slipped in behind and found his compatriot Hendrick for the opener.

Robbie Brady – 6

The Republic of Ireland international, often the creative linchpin of this Burnley side, found Ward with a raking diagonal pass in the build-up to the opener.

Should have done better when he got in behind the Everton defence, blasting a cross straight at Pickford with Wood waiting in the middle for a tap-in.

Burnley defender Robbie Brady celebrates scoring against Chelsea in the Premier League

Brady’s general play was commendable, though, and he did not neglect his defensive duties as he tirelessly tracked Baines all day.

Jack Cork – 7

In the 15th minute, he made a crucial intervention to shut down Sigurdsson when the Everton man looked as though he had a clear sight of goal in a superbly alert show of last-ditch defending.

Cork was hard-working and tenacious throughout, winning eight duels and three aerials to assert himself in the middle of the park.

Steven Defour – 6

Sitting deep in front of the back four, Defour showed plenty of positional discipline and awareness to prevent the likes of Sigurdsson from finding pockets of space.

The Belgian will be content with his defensive contribution as he made two tackles and three interceptions. He also showed some good composure when playing out from the back at times, which allowed the Clarets to retain possession and get higher up the pitch.

Scott Arfield – 6

The midfielder showed some good touches early on but a final pass let him down on the counter when he should have found Brady.

Had a great chance to score Burnley’s second when he benefitted from Williams’ poor clearance but dived when the Everton defender got back to atone and was booked as a result.

Jeff Hendrick – 7

Showed wonderful composure and a clinical touch to elude Schneiderlin and slot home the opener after some impressive build-up play.

That proved to be the difference so when he was substituted late on for Ashley Barnes, he would have been satisfied with his contribution to another away win for Burnley.

Chris Wood – 6

The striker, who has been in goalscoring form of late, certainly caused problems for the Everton defence early on. Wood took up plenty of great positions in the box but perhaps didn’t have a consistent supply from which he could profit.

However, his hold-up play was solid and it will go down as another impressive display as he continues his good start to life in a Burnley shirt.

Made a crucial block in defence too, getting in the way of Tom Davies’ goal-bound effort.

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