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Monday 11 December 2017

Everton v Burnley - Story of the Match

Everton's Ross Barkley celebrates
Everton's Ross Barkley celebrates

Ross Barkley inevitably was the centre of attention as he inspired Everton to an eighth successive Premier League home win over Burnley.

The midfielder found himself at the centre of a media storm this week, from being allegedly punched on a night out to becoming inadvertently embroiled in the row which saw The Sun newspaper banned from the club after derogatory comments about him from columnist Kelvin McKenzie.

He produced the perfect response by letting his football do the talking, scoring the important second goal - via two deflections off defenders - in the 3-1 win which made this current home winning streak the club's best since April 1990.

Striker Romelu Lukaku tried to grab some of the glory with his ninth Goodison game with a goal, matching the record of the great Dixie Dean in 1934, late on after Phil Jagielka's close-range effort had been cancelled out by Sam Vokes' penalty.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Have I just seen Phil Jagielka do a cartwheel? Best celebration ever from him" - Jagielka's antics went down well.

https://twitter.com/efc_dominique/status/853263402927620096

STAR MAN

Ross Barkley: It has been a difficult week for the 23-year-old having twice been in the headlines for off-field incidents but the Everton academy graduate was unaffected, scoring the important second goal while twice clearing off the line.

DATA POINT

Everton captain Phil Jagielka scored in three consecutive league appearances for the first time, covering a total of 539 career appearances.

IN WITH THE CROWD

Southport golfer and Everton fan Tommy Fleetwood brought the Claret Jug to Goodison Park to promote Royal Birkdale, in his home town, hosting the event in July.

PLAYER RATINGS

EVERTON

Joel Robles: 4 (Out of 10)

Mason Holgate: 5

Ashley Williams: 5

Phil Jagielka: 6

Leighton Baines: 6

Morgan Schneiderlin: 6

Idrissa Gana Gueye: 6

Ross Barkley: 8

Tom Davies: 6

Kevin Mirallas: 5

Romelu Lukaku: 6

Substitutes

Gareth Barry (on for Mirallas, 76): 5

Enner Valencia (on for Gueye, 46): 7

Ademola Lookman (on for Barkley, 89): 5

BURNLEY

Tom Heaton: 7

Matthew Lowton: 6

Michael Keane: 6

Ben Mee: 6

Stephen Ward: 6

George Boyd: 7

Joey Barton: 6

Jeff Hendrick: 6

Robbie Brady: 6

Ashley Barnes: 7

Sam Vokes: 7

Substitutes

Andre Gray (on for Vokes, 74): 6

Ashley Westwood (on for Barnes, 86): 5

Dan Agyei (on for Barnes, 83): 5

WHO'S UP NEXT?

West Ham v Everton (Premier League, Saturday April 22)

Burnley v Manchester United (Premier League, Sunday April 23)

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