Everton settle back-to-back victories against poor Burnley

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Everton marked their first successive victory since April against a Burnley side who are still searching for their first win of the season.

The Clarets' hopes of taking anything from the game were quickly quashed by a thunderous header from Samuel Eto'o which rippled the net from the underside of the bar.

The build up play to the goal was magnificent as the ball was switched from one side of the pitch to the other until Leighton Baines whipped in a delicious ball for the Cameroonian to make perfect contact with.

Burnley resistance

Burnley showed no signs of an instant response, and if Romelu Lukaku's 25-yard effort had found the bottom corner moments later, then the game could have been dead and buried. 

It didn't take long for the home side to switch on however. Some careless play from Romelu Lukaku gifted the ball to Lukas Jutkiewicz who slid the ball through to Danny Ings. The 22-year-old showed great composure and confidence to dribble around Tim Howard and slot the ball into the open goal.


Everton dominance

But Everton were straight back onto Burnley's case and a series of 24 passes resulted in a cheeky chip from Romelu Lukaku into the bottom corner of Tom Heaton's goal. The Toffee's could have had a two goal advantage going into the break but Steven Naismith's looping header agonisingly hit the top of the crossbar.

The second half never really produced anything entertaining until Samuel Eto'o unleashed a beautiful shot which nestled perfectly into the bottom corner, sealing the visitors' win with five minutes on the clock.

But Eto'o wasn't finished there. He went around Burnley keeper Tom Heaton and rolled the ball towards goal from a tight angle. The only thing denying him from a well deserved hat trick was the far post.

Burnley are yet to win a Barclays Premier League fixture since returning to the big time over the summer. However, manager Sean Dyche was still pleased with his team as he said after the match "generally I thought we performed well" and excused his side's loss on the "high quality" of Everton.

Roberto Martinez was also delighted with his squad's performance in what marked a "special week" for the Spaniard and the Toffees.

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Roberto Martinez
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