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Burnley 1 Everton 5
By Burnley FC
December 26 2018

A crushing sixth home defeat of the season left Christmas cheer thin on the ground at Turf Moor as the Clarets reached the half-way point of the Premier League campaign stuck in the bottom three. 

 Everton struck five times to equal Burnley’s heaviest home defeat of 2018 as the Merseysiders bounced back from a 6-2 beating by Tottenham to end their five-game winless run.

 The Clarets had lost by just a late goal to title-chasing Spurs and given Arsenal a run for their money in the run-up to Christmas.

 But after taking one step forward, this felt like two back in the first of a crucial run of games.

 West Ham and Fulham are due at Turf Moor either side of a New Year trip to Huddersfield Town.

 And Sean Dyche’s men know how vital it is they pick up points following a run of nine defeats in 11 games – the latest of which came after conceding three goals inside the first 21 minutes – which is rapidly reducing the margin for error.

 A first goal for the club from Ben Gibson briefly gave the Clarets hope at half-time.

 But Everton added two more in the second half to leave Burnley in no doubt the size of the task now facing them in the second half of the season.

 As well as a first Premier League outing for summer signing Gibson, the Clarets also brought back Matt Lowton in the right wing-back role.

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Match Report