Ben Mee’s header in his 200th Premier League appearance gave Burnley the lead in the 53rd minute, but Everton’s response was emphatic as the hosts came to life to claim their third league win of the season.
Michael Keane headed Everton’s equalizer in the 59th minute earlier Andros Townsend he huddled in a sensational left-footed shot to give Everton the lead, their first goal in the league since joining on a free transfer from Crystal Palace.
FOOT. The Toffees, my friend. 💙🔵 3-1 🔴 #EVEBUR https://t.co/Cx2VUzvNno
– Everton (@Everton) 1631566320000
Seconds later, Demarai Gray passed only to score Everton’s third goal at home to the delight of home fans who had not liked what they had seen before.
Everton advanced to fourth place with 10 points from four games, tied on points with Liverpool, Chelsea and United.
Burnley had been the better team in the first half, but they are still awaiting their first league win of the season and remain within one point at 18th place.
The arrival of former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez at Goodison was not universally popular with Everton fans, but they have started the season in style, scoring 10 goals in four games.
⭐️ MOTM: @andros_townsend ⭐️ What a performance. What a goal. What a signing. 💙 https://t.co/32rBOr3iJW
– Everton (@Everton) 1631568235000
They took a hit before kickoff with forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin ruled out with a broken toe and for much of the first half were second-best against a fiery Burnley.
Chris Wood should have put the visitors up front early on, but couldn’t make proper contact with his header after a superb ball inside the box from Dwight McNeil.
Everton’s only real chance before the break was when Townsend took advantage of Abdoulaye Doucoure’s run, whose first effort at angle was well saved by Nick Pope.
It was only after Mee led Burnley ahead that Everton came to life and Townsend was the catalyst.
It just gets better with every view. 🔂 @ andros_townsend 😱 https://t.co/utpvUYcDzv
– Everton (@Everton) 1631574001000
He showed big feet to design some room on the right wing before throwing a perfect cross for Keane to look at on his header.
Townsend had gone almost a year without a goal in the Premier League, but his effort was worth the wait.
Picking up the ball in a central area, he made his way before sending a curl, sinking his left foot into the top corner of the net.
The pass of @ abdoudoucoure16 👌The end of @ 22Demarai 🤌 https://t.co/YndO7xutIz
– Everton (@Everton) 1631574600000
“My mother always sends me compilations of all my goals, she told me to watch it when I could and maybe I reminded myself that I can do it and I pulled it out,” Townsend said of her effort.
Doucoure then split Burnley’s defense to send Gray clear and calmly beat Pope before Doucoure himself had a goal disallowed for offside as Everton rampaged.