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Everton   2 - 0   Burnley

James Vaughan
Everton celebrate James Vaughan's late opener for Everton

By Les Roopanarine

Everton struck at the death to win at home for the first time since September and condemn 10-man Burnley to a ninth successive league game without a win.

Substitute James Vaughan turned home a Marouane Fellaini cross from close range with seven minutes remaining.

Steven Pienaar then sealed the win in injury time after being fed by Yakubu.

David Nugent hit the post for Burnley, but the turning point for the Clarets came when Stephen Jordan saw red for a second bookable offence on the hour.

Everton's victory, their first in the league since early November, ends a winless streak at Goodison Park stretching back to mid-autumn, when Blackburn were on the receiving end of a 3-0 defeat.

More importantly for manager David Moyes, who could only watch with mounting dismay when his side's early-season lethargy was compounded by a wholesale injury crisis, Everton now lie 11th in the league table, five points clear of the relegation zone.

Moyes pleased with Everton performance

Having previously picked up just a solitary point on their travels, Burnley arrived on Merseyside with the worst away record in the division, but a battling performance belied that discouraging statistic.

Burnley gave a decent account of themselves throughout, so much so that - despite Everton's numerical advantage - the outcome remained in the balance until the dying minutes.

The Clarets' best chance came shortly after the break, when Nugent struck the woodwork from a tight angle after a half-cleared Chris Eagles corner received a useful touch from Wade Elliott.

Owen Coyle's decision to name an unchanged Burnley line-up held special significance for Nugent, handing the lifelong Everton supporter a longed-for chance to play at Goodison Park for the first time.

Nugent endeavoured to make the most of the opportunity, capitalising on an early defensive error by Lucas Neill to shoot wide from a tight angle and later failing narrowly to reach an inviting deflection off Tony Hibbert.

But Jordan's red card necessitated a tactical reshuffle by Coyle, bringing a premature end to Nugent's afternoon when he was replaced just after the hour by defender Christian Kalvenes.

First goal was offside - Coyle

As for Everton, their cause was hardly advanced by the absence of top-scorer Louis Saha, who was ruled out by a hamstring injury.

In the Frenchman's absence, Yakubu - making only his third start of an injury-blighted campaign - proved a capable deputy.

Two early penalty claims by the big Nigeria international, who thundered a shot against Mike Duff's hand from point-blank range before going down under pressure from the Northern Ireland defender, smacked of optimism.

But there was nothing speculative about the cushioned volley with which Yakubu shuddered Brian Jensen's post midway through the first half.

Leon Osman, Pienaar and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, who drew a stretching one-handed save from Jensen after being fed by Pienaar, likewise threatened for Everton before the interval, but their incisive build-up play was too often undermined by a lack of cutting edge.

With the hour-mark approaching, what had initially been an open and entertaining game was threatening to fade into mediocrity.

But the dismissal of Jordan, who received a second yellow card for a senseless and prolonged tug on the shirt of Pienaar, reignited proceedings, providing the cue for a sustained Everton onslaught.

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Fellaini went close from a Baines free-kick before a deflection off the towering Belgium international sat up kindly for Yakubu, whose looping header forced a fine tip-over from Jensen.

Burnley's lack of numbers forced them into a strong rearguard action, but just as it seemed that the afternoon would end in frustration for Everton, up popped Vaughan.

With seven minutes remaining, a Pienaar back-flick reached Fellaini. His centre was missed by Yakubu but reached Vaughan at the far post, and the injury-plagued youngster slotted home for his first goal in two years.

Deep into injury time Yakubu cut in from the right to feed Pienaar, who gleefully fired in to complete a miserable afternoon for Burnley.

Everton will be buoyed by the victory but, as the new year dawns, Burnley - who stand just three points clear of the relegation zone - face the very real prospect of being drawn into a fight for Premier League survival.


Everton manager David Moyes on James Vaughan:

"I am really pleased for James, who has had a terrible time with injuries for more than two years.

"This time he has come back without even a reserve run-out.

"He has missed much of his development, so we are just trying to nurse him through to get him back to what he was like as an outstanding teenager."

"We played really well in the first half but didn't get the goal our play merited.

"But overall we deserved the victory.

Burnley manager Owen Coyle on Everton's first goal:

"Yakubu was definitely offside, he is a big lad and our keeper could not see the play.

"Howard Webb is a good referee and he was in no position to see it, but he should expect to get assistance from his linesman, who could surely see.

"It influenced the game. I just want fair decisions and that was not fair.

"It's a mixture of emotions, frustration and anger, because we had opportunities to score the first goal of the game.

"But if we continue playing and performing as well as that, we'll be fine.


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Monday, 28 December 2009

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Everton 2-0 Burnley FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Vaughan 83
  • Pienaar 90+2

    Everton

    Substitutes

    Burnley

    • 12 Jensen
    • 02 Alexander
    • 04 Duff yellow card
    • 14 Mears yellow card
    • 21 Bikey yellow card
    • 23 Jordan two yellow cards, red card
    • 07 McDonald
    • 11 Elliott yellow card (Blake 85)
    • 33 Eagles
    • 09 Fletcher (Thompson 81)
    • 22 Nugent (Kalvenes 63)

    Substitutes

    • 01 Penny,
    • 03 Kalvenes,
    • 15 Edgar,
    • 08 Gudjonsson,
    • 32 Guerrero,
    • 20 Blake,
    • 30 Thompson
    Ref: H WebbAtt: 39,419
    EVERTON
    BURNLEY

    Possession

    • Everton 60%
    • Burnley 40%

    Attempts on target

    • Everton 16
    • Burnley 9

    Attempts off target

    • Everton 8
    • Burnley 3

    Corners

    • Everton 10
    • Burnley 6

    Fouls

    • Everton 7
    • Burnley 18
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:06 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+2:31 Booking Steven Pienaar is cautioned.
    • 90:00+1:10 The assist for the goal came from Ayegbeni Yakubu.
    • 90:00+1:10 GOAL - Steven PienaarEverton 2 - 0 Burnley Steven Pienaar finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Everton 2-0 Burnley.
    • 89:40 Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a short corner.
    • 89:31 Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Brian Jensen makes a save.
    • 88:12 Phil Neville takes the direct free kick.
    • 88:12 Booking Tyrone Mears is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 88:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Tyrone Mears.
    • 87:31 Kevin McDonald takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
    • 86:11 Foul by James Vaughan on Brian Jensen, free kick awarded. Brian Jensen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 84:05 Tyrone Mears takes the direct free kick.
    • 84:05 Substitution Wade Elliott leaves the field to be replaced by Robbie Blake.
    • 84:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ayegbeni Yakubu on Tyrone Mears.
    • 83:49 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Eagles, Marouane Fellaini manages to make a clearance.
    • 83:36 Chris Eagles takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.
    • 82:18 Assist by Marouane Fellaini.
    • 82:18 GOAL - James VaughanEverton 1 - 0 Burnley Goal scored by James Vaughan from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 1-0 Burnley.
    • 80:32 Tyrone Mears takes the direct free kick.
    • 80:32 Substitution Diniyar Bilyaletdinov goes off and James Vaughan comes on.
    • 80:32 Substitution Steven Fletcher leaves the field to be replaced by Steven Thompson.
    • 80:32 Foul by Ayegbeni Yakubu on Michael Duff, free kick awarded.
    • 78:37 Foul by Steven Pienaar on Tyrone Mears, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tyrone Mears.
    • 77:47 Steven Pienaar produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 76:07 Chris Eagles takes the outswinging corner, Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.
    • 74:55 Johnny Heitinga takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Shot from deep inside the area by Marouane Fellaini clears the crossbar.
    • 74:38 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov takes a shot. Blocked by Andre Bikey.
    • 73:42 Steven Fletcher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leighton Baines. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
    • 72:56 The official flags Marouane Fellaini offside. Brian Jensen takes the free kick.
    • 72:39 Corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Wade Elliott.
    • 72:27 Leighton Baines takes a shot. Michael Duff gets a block in.
    • 71:49 Corner from the left by-line taken by Leighton Baines, Kevin McDonald makes a clearance.
    • 70:29 Leighton Baines has an effort direct from the free kick.
    • 70:29 Booking Caution for Michael Duff.
    • 70:24 Unfair challenge on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov by Michael Duff results in a free kick.
    • 69:43 Marouane Fellaini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Duff. Brian Jensen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 67:47 Corner from the left by-line taken by Chris Eagles, clearance by Marouane Fellaini.
    • 66:46 Phil Neville fouled by Steven Fletcher, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.
    • 66:12 The referee penalises Steven Fletcher for handball. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
    • 64:48 Leon Osman produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
    • 64:38 Leighton Baines decides to take the corner short.
    • 64:23 Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Save by Brian Jensen.
    • 62:36 Brian Jensen takes the free kick.
    • 62:36 Substitution (Burnley) makes a substitution, with Christian Kalvenes coming on for David Nugent.
    • 62:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin McDonald by Ayegbeni Yakubu.
    • 61:14 A cross is delivered by Leighton Baines, Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Brian Jensen makes a save.
    • 61:14 Sent off Stephen Jordan is sent off by the referee.
    • 60:56 Stephen Jordan concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Pienaar.
    • 59:33 Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.
    • 59:33 Substitution Tim Cahill goes off and Phil Neville comes on.
    • 59:33 Booking Caution for Wade Elliott.
    • 59:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Wade Elliott on Leighton Baines.
    • 58:05 David Nugent takes a shot from close range that bounces off the post.
    • 57:44 Chris Eagles takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Tony Hibbert.
    • 56:51 Leighton Baines takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin McDonald.
    • 55:21 Foul by Kevin McDonald on Tim Cahill, free kick awarded. Leighton Baines produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 53:00 Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Johnny Heitinga, save by Brian Jensen.
    • 53:00 Booking Andre Bikey goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 52:31 Foul by Andre Bikey on Ayegbeni Yakubu, free kick awarded.
    • 51:54 Kevin McDonald has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 45:29 Corner taken by Chris Eagles played to the near post.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:01 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • 44:58 Shot from just outside the box by Johnny Heitinga goes over the bar.
    • 44:07 Corner taken by Leighton Baines, save made by Brian Jensen.
    • 43:55 Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Kevin McDonald gets a block in.
    • 40:11 David Nugent takes a shot. Johnny Heitinga gets a block in.
    • 37:46 Chris Eagles takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
    • 37:08 Shot from just outside the penalty box by Ayegbeni Yakubu misses to the left of the target.
    • 34:32 Leighton Baines is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
    • 33:20 Unfair challenge on Marouane Fellaini by Steven Fletcher results in a free kick. Lucas Neill restarts play with the free kick.
    • 32:45 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov takes a shot. Save by Brian Jensen.
    • Correction - 31:23 Tyrone Mears gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.
    • 31:23 Tyrone Mears concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Pienaar. Direct free kick taken by Lucas Neill.
    • 28:51 Foul by David Nugent on Lucas Neill, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
    • 28:23 The referee gives a free kick against Steven Fletcher for handball. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
    • 26:28 Tony Hibbert crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 26:28 Booking Stephen Jordan receives a caution.
    • 26:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov by Stephen Jordan.
    • 25:05 The referee gives a free kick against Steven Pienaar for handball. Direct free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
    • 24:28 Leighton Baines takes the inswinging corner, save by Brian Jensen.
    • 23:38 Unfair challenge on Tim Cahill by Andre Bikey results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Lucas Neill.
    • 21:44 Corner from the left by-line taken by Leighton Baines, Brian Jensen makes a save.
    • 21:25 Ayegbeni Yakubu has an effort at goal from close in that hits the post.
    • 21:04 Wade Elliott challenges Diniyar Bilyaletdinov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lucas Neill restarts play with the free kick.
    • 20:52 Graham Alexander takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.
    • 20:10 Outswinging corner taken by Chris Eagles from the right by-line, Andre Bikey takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Johnny Heitinga gets a block in.
    • 20:01 Wade Elliott takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
    • Correction - 19:00 Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.
    • 19:00 Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
    • 18:14 Leon Osman produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
    • 15:59 Steven Pienaar produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.
    • 15:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tim Cahill by Stephen Jordan. Free kick taken by Leon Osman.
    • 13:36 Leighton Baines takes a short corner.
    • 13:03 David Nugent challenges Tony Hibbert unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tony Hibbert restarts play with the free kick.
    • 9:21 Leon Osman takes a shot. Save by Brian Jensen.
    • 8:30 Andre Bikey challenges Tim Cahill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leighton Baines crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Graham Alexander.
    • 7:31 Foul by Kevin McDonald on Tim Cahill, free kick awarded. Tony Hibbert restarts play with the free kick.
    • 6:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andre Bikey by Ayegbeni Yakubu. Brian Jensen takes the direct free kick.
    • 6:08 David Nugent has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
    • 4:18 Outswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines, Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Save by Brian Jensen.
    • Correction - 4:01 Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Duff.
    • 4:01 Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Blocked by Andre Bikey.
    • 0:15 Handball decision goes against Wade Elliott. Lucas Neill takes the free kick.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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