Late Arfield strike fires Clarets to victory

Burnley picked up a vital win at Turf Moor as Scott Arfield's late strike secured a 2-1 victory over a bitterly disappointed Everton on Saturday afternoon.

  • Burnley 2 Everton 1
  • Vokes fires Clarets in front on 39 mins
  • Bolasie restores parity after half-time
  • Gudmundsson shot hits the bar
  • Arfield nets dramatic winner at the death

Match summary

The Clarets went into the half-time break with a slender lead, courtesy of Sam Vokes' 39th-minute goal, before Yannick Bolasie slotted home after the break to restore parity.

However, it was Arfield who had the last say, popping up in the first minute of injury time to net what would turn out to be the winning goal.

Full report

The Toffees made a flying start to the encounter and very nearly grabbed the lead after just two minutes of play, Kevin Mirallas seeing his goal-bound effort brilliantly kept out by Clarets keeper Tom Heaton.

Burnley hit back with a chance of their own a few minutes later, but Michael Kightly was unable to make clean contact with the ball as he fired over the bar.

Everton were enjoying plenty of possession early on, but were struggling to penetrate a well organised home defence.

Another chance presented itself on 16 minutes after Romelu Lukaku had been caught offside, with Ross Barkley forcing Heaton into action once more with a driven effort from the left-hand side of the box.

However, it was Burnley who ended the first half on the front foot after breaking the deadlock against the run of play in the 39th minute. Scott Arfield's goal attempt was parried by Everton keeper Maarten Stekelenburg, but only as far as Sam Vokes who had the simple task of prodding the ball into an unguarded net.

After the half-time break, Everton started brightly and made their intentions known early on as Heaton was again called into action to keep out a Barkley shot.

And they eventually got the breakthrough they were looking for in the 58th minute, Yannick Bolasie cutting in from the right flank before firing a curling effort into the far corner from the right-hand side of the box.

The goal only served to reignite the hosts, though, who went close through Jeff Hendrick's long-range effort five minutes later.

Everton redoubled their efforts in the closing stages, launching several attacks without managing to fashion the all-important winner.

Idrissa Gueye, Seamus Coleman, Ashley Williams and Bolasie were all guilty of showing a poor touch in front of goal, and they were made to rue their squandered chances as Burnley snatched a winner in dramatic fashion.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson smashed a powerful effort against the crossbar, and the ball fell kindly for Arfield, who guided the ball into the bottom-right corner to send the home support into wild celebrations.

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