Vaughan and Pienaar claim Toffees win

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Everton eased their relegation fears with two late goals to secure their first home league win since September as they defeated 10-man Burnley 2-0.

Substitute James Vaughan grabbed the first, less than a minute after entering the action, and Steven Pienaar rifled home the second in injury time.

Burnley were reduced to 10 men after a hour when Stephen Jordan was sent-off for a second bookable offence.

Leon Osman wasted an early chance following Ayegbeni Yakubu's pull back before the big Nigerian saw a fierce shot cannon away off Michael Duff's arm. Burnley's best chance early on was when David Nugent fired into the side netting after a poor header from Lucas Neill dropped at his feet.

Tim Howard pulled off fine saves from Steven Fletcher and Wade Elliott while at the other end Brian Jensen saved well when Diniyar Bilyaletdinov created space for himself, but the best chance of the half came when Yakubu clipped a post following a Leighton Baines cross.

Burnley's Kevin McDonald fired wide of the far post following a Chris Eagles run and Johnny Heitinga fired a free-kick through the wall - only for Jensen to field safely.

After 57 minutes Nugent caught Everton cold - the home side believing he was offside - to crack a shot on the turn against the far post.

Burnley were down to 10 men when Jordan picked up a second yellow card for pulling back Pienaar before, with nine minutes remaining, Everton put on Vaughan for Bilyaletdinov.

The change paid off inside a minute when Vaughan fired in from close range. It was a sweet moment for Vaughan, making only his third substitute appearance of another injury-plagued season.

Burnley sent on Robbie Blake for Elliott, and had Tyrone Mears booked for a foul on Pienaar, who still had time to take a pass from Yakubu in the final minute and blast home the second.

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Leon Osman
Tyrone Mears
James Vaughan
Ayegbeni Yakubu
Wade Elliott
Brian Jensen
Tim Howard
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Stephen Jordan
Johnny Heitinga
Steven Fletcher
Lucas Neill
Chris Eagles
Robbie Blake
David Nugent
Kevin McDonald
Steven Pienaar
Leighton Baines
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov
Michael Duff
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