Everton boss David Moyes hailed injury-plagued James Vaughan's goalscoring return to the side as the Toffees hauled themselves away from the relegation dogfight with a 2-0 win over Burnley.
Birmingham-born Vaughan has fought his way back into the frame after seeing more than two years of his career ruined by serious injuries. And on only his third substitute appearance of the season on Monday, Vaughan put Everton ahead within seconds of coming on to set up the win.
Moyes said: "I am really pleased for James. He has had a terrible time with injuries for more than two years now. This time he has come back without even a reserve run-out. He has missed so much of his development, we are just trying to nurse him through to get him back to what he was like as an outstanding teenager."
Vaughan has suffered serious knee and shoulder injuries and had not scored since a UEFA Cup tie in December 2007 against AZ Alkmaar. His last league goal was against Chelsea in May the same year.
Monday's game had been a close affair until Burnley had full-back Stephen Jordan sent off with half an hour left for a second bookable offence.
And furious Burnley boss Owen Coyle insisted that Everton's breakthrough goal from Vaughan should not have been allowed.
It looked as if Ayegbeni Yakubu was standing in an offside position in front of Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen and blocking the Dane's view.
Coyle said: "Yakubu was definitely offside in front of Jensen, he is a big lad and our keeper could not see the play. Jensen stuck out a foot but Yakubu was clearly interfering with play.
"Howard Webb is a good referee and he was in no position to see it, but he should expect to get assistance from his linesman who could surely see where the Everton player was standing when the ball went into the net.
"It influenced the game. I just want fair decisions and that was not fair."
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