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Everton secure vital win over Burnley amidst relegation battle

Posted : 06 April 2024

Dominic Calvert-Lewin's opportunistic strike, courtesy of a mishap from Burnley's goalkeeper Arijanet Muric, secured Everton a vital victory against their relegation-threatened counterparts at Goodison Park, marking their first Premier League win in 14 attempts and lifting them to 15th place, four points clear of the drop zone.


Having endured a bleak spell of 13 consecutive winless league fixtures, Everton entered this match buoyed by a promising second-half display in their recent outing against Newcastle. Despite Burnley initially dictating play in a first half marred by limited chances, the hosts found a breakthrough just before halftime, as Calvert-Lewin's pressure on Muric resulted in an unconventional goal, breaking the deadlock.


While the Toffees had opportunities to extend their lead in the second half, including a chance for Calvert-Lewin to double his tally, Burnley's task became even more daunting after Dara O'Shea's dismissal for a professional foul on Dwight McNeil. Despite a late surge from Burnley, highlighted by Josh Brownhill's near miss, Everton managed to hold on for a crucial victory, dealing a significant blow to Burnley's own fight for survival.


Although Everton's off-field troubles loom with the pending outcome of a potential points deduction for a second breach of Premier League financial regulations, this win serves as a pivotal boost to their survival hopes, providing a glimmer of hope amidst uncertainty.



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