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Summary

  1. Everton seek eighth successive home league win
  2. Barkley starts after testing week
  3. Lukaku has scored in last eight home games in all competitions
  4. Burnley aim for first away win in 343 days

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By Mike Whalley

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Everton 3-1 Burnley

It's a comfortable enough win for Everton in the end, although they had to negotiate a few hairy moments. Ross Barkley answered a few of his critics, and Everton will surely be in the Europa League next season. Burnley probably need one more win to be absolutely certain of survival. I suspect they will probably get it at Turf Moor.

Thanks for your company this afternoon; I'm off to write the match report for the website and gather some post-match reaction.

Barkley and Lukaku
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Everton 3-1 Burnley

Goalkeeper Joel Robles plucks a cross out of the air with confidence. All Everton's stresses and strains of half-an-hour ago have disappeared.

Everton 3-1 Burnley

Final change for Everton, and it's a standing ovation for Ross Barkley, who has been excellent this afternoon. Ademola Lookman is on in his place.

Everton 3-1 Burnley

Burnley applying a bit of pressure in the closing stages - Ross Barkley is back defending at a corner to clear the danger once more.

Everton 3-1 Burnley

Dan Agyei replaces Ashley Barnes for the closing stages. Joey Barton tries to force a ball through to Andre Gray inside the penalty area, but Everton have enough man back there.

Everton 3-1 Burnley

Two substitutions in the midst of that goal flurry to tell you about: Andre Gray is on for Sam Vokes in Burnley's attack; Gareth Barry has replaced Kevin Mirallas to give Everton more of a shield in the closing stages.

Nine in a row for Lukaku

Everton 3-1 Burnley

No doubt about the scorer of Everton's third goal, and that should be the three points. Romelu Lukaku turns Michael Keane and wallops a shot past Tom Heaton at the near post after Leighton Baines takes a short throw to Ross Barkley and receives a return pass to play the striker in. That's nine successive home games in which Romalu Lukaku has scored. It's his 25th goal of the season. 

Romalu Lukaku
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GOAL - Romelu Lukaku

Everton 3-1 Burnley

Barkley's goal? Or Mee's

Everton 2-1 Burnley

Ross Barkley is certainly claiming the goal that restores Everton's lead - to the extent that gets a booking for going into the crowd to celebrate. But it may well go down as a Ben Mee own goal. Barkley takes on Kevin Mirallas' shot and weaves in from the left to shoot. It hits Michael Keane, then Ben Mee, and bobbles into the far corner.

Ross Barkley
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GOAL - Ross Barkley

Everton 2-1 Burnley

Ross Barkley
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Everton 1-1 Burnley

Morgan Schneiderlin and Joey Barton, neither of whom are wallflowers, almost come to blows. Barton gives his Everton counterpart a whack on the shin, and there's a bit of afters a moment later, which ends with Schneiderlin jabbing his finger at the Burnley midfielder in the manner of an angry constitutent tackling their MP. Mark Clattenburg has a word and all is settled amicably enough.

Everton 1-1 Burnley

Not sure I agree with Danny Mills, but he's played professional football as a defender and I haven't, so I certainly won't argue.

'A spot-kick, for me'

Everton 1-1 Burnley

Danny Mills

Ex-England defender on Final Score

I think that's a blatant penalty. The ball was hit hard but Michael Keane's hand is away from his body. A spot-kick, for me.

Everton 1-1 Burnley

Two chances in quick succession come and go for Kevin Mirallas. Tom Davies spreads a wonderful pass left for Leighton Baines to cross low from the left; first Mirallas slices straight into a defender, then sees the ball come back to him and wallops it goalwards, hitting the outside of the post.

Everton 1-1 Burnley

Everton substitute Enner Valencia wallops a shot straight at the hand of Michael Keane. The home fans appeal for a penalty, but it's ball to hand by the Burnley centre-back, and Mark Clattenburg is right to reject the pleas of the home faithful.

Everton 1-1 Burnley

Everton's apprehension has spread to the front players as well. Ross Barkley makes a terrific run at the Burnley defence, then slides a pass left for Kevin Mirallas to hit first time. It's screaming to be placed into the far corner, but Mirallas' shot is weak and straight at Tom Heaton. The Goodison groan is loud and clear.

Everton 1-1 Burnley

Joel Robles is having a difficult few minutes. First he shanks a clearance out for a throw, then he fails to come from a cross and gets an absolute earful from Phil Jagielka.

I used to play in goal when I was a kid. I know exactly what Robles is going through at the moment; I suspect the ear-bashing won't have done him much good.

Mind you, at least Robles hasn't been substituted during a game for playing badly, as I once was as a goalkeeper at Under-12s level. Now that was embarrassing.

Everton 1-1 Burnley

Well, that's woken everyone up. Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has a crack from 25 yards, and the shot sails over. The visitors look as if they fancy the win here.

Vokes keeps his cool

Everton 1-1 Burnley

Oh dear. What a nightmare for Joel Robles. Sam Vokes is going nowhere as he heads towards the left edge of the penalty area, and the goalkeeper charges out to bring him down. It's an easy penalty for Mark Clattenburg to give.

Vokes sends Robles the wrong way from the spot. It's only Burnley's 10th away league goal of the season - and five of them have been penalties.

Sam Vokes
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GOAL - Sam Vokes (pen)

Everton 1-1 Burnley

Same Vokes
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PENALTY FOR BURNLEY

Everton 1-0 Burnley

Three in three for Jagielka

Everton 1-0 Burnley

Move over Romelu Lukaku - Phil Jagielka is suddenly the man in goalscoring form. The Everton captain, after going nearly two years without a league goal, now has three in three games, heading in from a corner despite Tom Heaton's attempts to keep the ball out.

Phil Jagielka
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GOAL - Phil Jagielka

Everton 1-0 Burnley

Phil Jagielka
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Everton 0-0 Burnley

Burnley deal with the corner, but Everton keep up the pressure. Enner Valencia, by the right corner of the penalty area, drives a shot towards the near post. Birthday boy Tom Heaton beats it out.

Everton 0-0 Burnley

Everton are attacking the Gwladys Street End in the second half, just as they like it, and immediately win a free-kick that Leighton Baines swings in from the right. Ashley Williams flicks on, and Ben Mee diverts behind for the half's first corner.

KICK-OFF

Everton 0-0 Burnley

Enner Valencia is on for Idrissa Gueye at the start of the second half; a striker on for a midfielder. I think that tells us a little about Ronald Koeman's intentions here.

Everton 0-0 Burnley

Everton fans have shown their support for Ross Barkley this afternoon.

Ross Barkley
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Last on MOTD?

Everton 0-0 Burnley

This is the only game in the Premier League without a goal so far. As it stands, I think we're heading for last on Match of the Day with this one.

Barkley's half

Everton 0-0 Burnley

Ross Barkley has certainly been involved in that first half. In addition to his vital goalline clearance from Michael Keane, the Everton midfielder has had more touches than anyone else on the pitch (55) and attempted more passes in the opposing half than anyone else (29, with a 93.1% accuracy rate).

Everton 0-0 Burnley

I can understand Guy Mowbray's dilemma. On the one hand, there have been 21 efforts at goal - 13 from Everton, eight from Burnley. On the other, there have been 17 fouls - 14 of them in the first half-hour. Burnley have committed nine, Everton eight. It's certainly a competitive game. But a classic? Not so far.

HALF-TIME

Everton 0-0 Burnley

Guy Mowbray

Match of the Day commentator

"No goals - but on another day, we might have seen a few. Tom Heaton's been busy, while Michael Keane had a goal-bound header cleared off the line by Ross Barkley. Plenty else has happened too, but I still can't decide whether it's a good game or not."

Everton 0-0 Burnley

One minute of time to add.

Joey Barton and Ross Barkley
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Everton 0-0 Burnley

An escape for Burnley. Mirallas floats towards goal, and it flicks off George Boyd and drops just wide, with Tom Heaton wrongfooted and helpless.

Burnley half-clear Mirallas' corner amid a bit of a scramble, before the ball drops for Ross Barkley 20 yards out. He gets too much on the volley, which loops well over.

Everton 0-0 Burnley

Burnley midfielder George Boyd concedes a free-kick 25 yards out. Kevin Mirallas fancies a shot here...

Everton 0-0 Burnley

A key few minutes for Burnley. They've certainly done enough to get to half-time at 0-0; they just need to see it through.

Leighton Baines cushions the ball down for Idrissa Gueye, who remains on one Everton goal as he slices well off target.

Everton 0-0 Burnley

Everton get a couple of corners in quick succession, and Burnley's defence is being tested now. Tom Heaton yells "keeper!" at the top of his voice to pluck Leighton Baines' delivery out of the air. A dog walker in Stanley Park could probably have heard that shout.

Everton 0-0 Burnley

Mason Holgate, attacking for Everton at the other end, lets go from the edge of the penalty area. Tom Heaton gets down low to his right to palm the shot away. Alert goalkeeping, as the ball went through a Burnley defender's legs and maybe took a slight deflection.

Then Leighton Baines clips over a cross from the left, and Romelu Lukaku loops a header over. 

Everton 0-0 Burnley

Another decent chance for Burnley, from another poor Phil Jagielka backpass. The captain, out in the right-back position, gifts the ball to Sam Vokes, who has Ashley Barnes in the centre, but dribbles a tame shot straight at a relieved Joel Robles.

Burnleys Sam Vokes
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Decent chance for Burnley. Joey Barton plays a ball through to Sam Vokes, who has the pace to cause Phil Jagielka problems. The Everton captain forces Vokes a little wider to the left, and Joel Robles advances to block the shot.