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Everton 3-1 Burnley: Player ratings as Toffees secure spectacular comeback win

Everton had to come from behind to preserve their unbeaten start to the Premier League season, beating Burnley at Goodison Park in spectacular fashion.

The Toffees were relatively poor for an hour, with the visiting Clarets the stronger side. Both teams had chances in the first half but the latter were well worth their lead when it came courtesy of a Ben Mee header soon after the interval.

A tactical shift from Rafa Benitez was the key for Everton. The boss dispensed with a 3-4-3 system that was giving Burnley too much opportunity to attack in wide areas and switched to 4-3-3.

That gave Abdoulaye Doucoure more license to play to his strengths, although it was actually a Michael Keane header that got the hosts back on track. Andros Townsend then scored his first goal for the club with a sensational long-range drive, before Doucoure sliced open the Burnley defence with an inch-perfect through ball for Demarai Gray to score Everton’s third.

All three Everton goals came in the space of just seven minutes, stunning a shellshocked Burnley.

Things calmed down soon afterwards but by then the damage was done.

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Jordan Pickford

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford / Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images

Abdoulaye Doucoure ran the game in the second half

Abdoulaye Doucoure ran the game in the second half / OLI SCARFF/Getty Images

3. Forwards

Andros Townsend, Demarai Gray

Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray both scored for Everton / Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images

Burnley player ratings

Ben Mee

Ben Mee scored on his 200th Premier League appearance / Jan Kruger/Getty Images

6. Midfielders

Dwight McNeil

Dwight McNeil created a glorious early chance for Burnley / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

Michael Keane, Chris Wood

Chris Wood battled up front for Burnley / Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images

8. Substitutes

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