Everton ended their five-game winless run in emphatic fashion by drubbing relegation-threatened Burnley 5-1 at Turf Moor on Wednesday.
Everton, hammered 6-2 at home by Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, took less than two minutes to grab the lead when the unmarked Yerry Mina headed in a cross from the left by Brazilian winger Bernard.
A curling Lucas Digne free kick beat Burnley keeper Joe Hart to double the lead in the 13th minute, and nine minutes later, Everton were 3-0 up.
Burnley defender Ben Mee handled the ball, rising for a header in a crowded penalty area, and referee Michael Oliver awarded a spot-kick, which Gylfi Sigurdsson confidently converted.
Sean Dyche’s side pulled a goal back eight minutes before the break when a James Tarkowski header was pushed off the line by Jordan Pickford, and Ben Gibson hooked the ball home.
But all Burnley’s labour towards an attempted comeback came to nothing after Digne made it 4-1 with a low drive from outside the box.
Brazilian substitute Richarlison completed the rout in stoppage time, collecting a fine through-ball from Sigurdsson before slipping the ball home.
Meanwhile, lowly Cardiff City survived intense pressure from Crystal Palace to pick up just their second away point of the season with a goalless draw at Selhurst Park.
Palace went into the game on a high after their surprise 3-2 win at champions Manchester City, but their luck was out against Neil Warnock’s battling side.
Andros Townsend hit the bar in the opening minute from a promising position after good work from Wilfried Zaha and Cheikhou Kouyate.
Luka Milivojevic struck the post with a 77th-minute free kick for Palace, who had 31 shots, but only five on target against the Welsh side.
The result left Cardiff one place above the relegation zone in 17th place, while Roy Hodgson’s Palace are 14th.Reuters