Scott Arfield’s dramatic late strike helped Burnley see off Everton 2-1 at Turf Moor on Saturday.
The Clarets had gone ahead through Sam Vokes in the first half, before Yannick Bolasie equalised after the interval with an assured finish.
Burnley had their backs to the wall for long periods of the game, but seized the opportunities when they arose to record a third win of the season.
Here is how the Clarets fared in their spirited victory:
Tom Heaton 7 - The England international pulled off a couple of stunning saves, with his fingertip stop to prevent Bolasie a second of the game a particular highlight. Heaton may have done better with the Everton winger’s goal, but otherwise, it was the latest in a string of a solid performances from the Clarets’ skipper.
Matt Lowton 6 – Contributed to a solid defensive display, completing five out of seven clearances and winning two of his three aerial duels. However, Lowton, offered little going forwards and, with a pass completion of less than 45%, lacked the finesse to engineer opportunities down his wing.
Michael Keane 8 – A colossus in the air, Keane expertly negated the threat of Romelu Lukaku, and reaffirmed the belief that he is an England regular-in-waiting with another assured showing. Keane successfully completed all four of his headed clearances and two aerial duels, making eight interceptions and five blocks.
Ben Mee 7 – In tandem with Keane, kept the visitors at bay for the most part, although it was his step-up from defence that allowed the visitors to exploit the space behind and grab a timely equaliser. Conceded only one foul in a disciplined display that bodes well for the future.
Stephen Ward 7 – Took a couple of knocks and was eventually replaced, but the 31-year-old battled hard against Bolasie. The fact the winger’s goal came while Ward was further upfield is indicative of the Irishman’s importance defensively, and received a good ovation when withdrawn for Jon Flanagan late on.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson 6 – The Icelandic midfielder wasn’t at his best, with Gareth Barry helping out left-back Brian Oviedo to subdue the threat of Gudmundsson. The Burnley winger completed just one cross from six attempted and didn’t play any passes into the penalty area, with the former Charlton man showing mere glimpses of his true ability.
Dean Marney 7 – Another accomplished display from the 32-year-old, who, without fellow enforcer Steven Defour, stepped up to help marshal the play. Marney made six ball recoveries, breaking up the play and doing the basics well – he completed 28 out of 31 passes attempted in the defensive and midfield third.
Jeff Hendrick 7 – The Irishman proved an effective partner to Marney, making three interceptions and completing all three of his headed clearances. There was little in the way of forward movement, but there didn’t need to be; Hendrick showed enough tactical awareness to shun his attacking tendencies to offer his defence more cover.
Michael Kightly 5 – Drafted in to replace the injured George Boyd, Kightly was tasked to help Ward defensively and keep tabs on Bolasie. The winger won four of his six tackles, but committed three fouls and made just 12 passes all game – completing nine. His three crosses were also unsuccessful, and Kightly was neither outstanding defensively nor offensively.
Scott Arfield 8 – Perhaps fortunate to complete the game after picking up a yellow card and teasing referee Michael Jones from there on in, Arfield was a driving force for the Clarets. While making seven ball recoveries and three interceptions, the Canadian showed terrific instinct and technique to steer home Burnley’s late winner to cap off a good afternoon’s work.
Sam Vokes 7 – Vokes has ploughed the loneliest of furrows at times for Burnley in light of Andre Gray’s enforced absence, but there was just reward for the Welshman today. Vokes won a respectable six aerial duels against tough opponents, and got a slice of fortune with his goal from Maarten Stekelenburg’s first-half error.