Everton 1 Burnley 0
By Burnley FC
December 26 2019
The Clarets were unable to spoil Carlo Ancelotti’s welcome party as a late goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave the Italian a winning start on Merseyside.
The three-time Champions League-winning manager has been hired to mastermind a revival on the blue side of Stanley Park.
And despite the best efforts of a dogged Burnley side, Ancelotti saw his side put his first three points on the board as the Clarets’ back line was finally breached for the first time in more than four-and-a-half hours.
No team has kept more Premier League clean sheets this season than the Clarets and Sean Dyche’s men were less than 15 minutes away from their eighth of the campaign when they were finally undone by Calvert-Lewin’s flying header.
Burnley could find no response as they looked to avenge the Boxing Day defeat of 12 months earlier.
But while that 5-1 beating was a low point, this was no give-away as the Clarets made Everton fight all the way to give their high-profile boss the perfect Christmas gift.
Ancelotti was given a predictably rapturous welcome before kick-off at a buoyant Goodison Park where the mood might have been dampened by an early Burnley goal.
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WhyTF was Rodriguez on with Wood? WhyTF was Wood Taken off and Barnes sent on with Rodriguez? Why TF was Long sent on up front? Absolutely awful tactical decisions.
Our game plan was just hoof it forward and hope for the best, quality of football during December has been dire and needs to be changed as soon as or we will be in a relegation dogfight. That today I am ashamed to say was embarrassinng. thank the Lord for Pope, Mee and Tarkowski or it would have been a right drubbing.
I must learn not to post when I am seeing red.