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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:02 23rd August 2009

BURNLEY 1 EVERTON 0

Burnley 's dream start to life in the Premier League continued with a deserved 1-0 win against Everton.

A first half strike from Wade Elliott was enough to give the Clarets their second win in the space of five days in an eerie replica of the Manchester United game three days earlier.

Elliott's shot curls home

Louis Saha missed a second half penalty for the Toffees - the second spot kick in as many games missed by visitors - as David Moyes' boys suffered successive League losses for the first time since October 2007 - a run of 67 matches.

But in stark contrast the thrilling victory sent the Clarets soaring to seventh in the fledgling league table.

Buoyant Burnley should arguably have wrapped the game up in the opening four minutes,

Martin Paterson crashed a header against the bar from Chris McCann's cross after two minutes before Steven Fletcher's follow-up effort was well-saved by Tim Howard.

Two minutes later and Paterson again rose highest but this time his flick header, from an inch-perfect Elliott centre, floated wide of a relieved Howard's goal.

McCann continued to be the driving force behind Burnley's attacks and he was again provider on 18 minutes when his cross was only partially cleared to Fletcher who, attempting to emulate Blake's midweek volley, smashed wide.

The lively Steven Pienaar had Everton's first real chance just before the half hour mark but his effort from the corner of the box went woefully wide.

Jack Rodwell then had a header easily well saved by Brian Jensen on 31 minutes as the visitors settled into the game after a nervous start.

And just a minute later, Tony Hibbert fired an inviting cross that evaded everyone, including Saha who was lurking at the back stick.

However, it was the Clarets who took the lead on 34 minutes with another beautiful strike, this time from Wembley goal hero Elliott.

The midfielder took Fletcher's cut back in his stride and curled a delightful effort, which took a slight deflection off Phil Neville, past a stretching Howard and into the far post.

The remainder of the first half saw very few chances created and the Clarets, having had the bulk of the play for long periods, deservedly went in one goal to the good.

Clarke Carlisle was just inches from connecting with a dangerous Blake corner four minutes after the restart as the hosts looked to put some daylight between themselves and Everton.

Burnley continued to ask questions and a flowing move on 55 minutes ended with McCann firing a cross just too far in front of the onrushing Fletcher.

A minute later and Saha should have done better with a shot from the edge of the box which flew high and wide into the Everton fans.

Howard pulled off a great save on 63 minutes when he tipped over McCann's overhead kick from 12 yards out after Alexander's shot found its way through to him.

At times the football on offer was a joy to watch, with the Clarets more than a match for the Merseysiders, who threw Jo into the action on 65 minutes.

But as on Wednesday, when the champions had an opportunity to level things up, Everton were given a way back into the match on 75 minutes.

Referee Phil Dowd wrongly adjudged McCann to have felled Hibbert in the box, when replays showed there was very little contact.

However, justice was done when Saha sent his spot-kick wide of Jensen's left hand upright.

Saha capped a miserable day by firing wide on 80 minutes as Moyes' side desperately looked for an equaliser.

Summer signing Fernando Guerrero came on for his Burnley home debut with five minutes to go, replacing Blake who was given a standing ovation by the Clarets' faithful.

And the Equadorian almost made a real impact, chipping a shot towards the back post in the last minute which had Howard nervously watching as it crept wide.

An injury time free kick from Jo was straight into the wall as the Clarets again dealt with everything the Toffees threw at them.

And the final whistle was again greeted by loud cheers from an almost-full Turf Moor, which have now seen the Clarets repel the threat of Manchester United and Everton in less than a week.

Happy days!

Burnley: Jensen, Jordan, Carlisle, Bikey, Mears, Alexander, Blake (Guerrero 85), McCann, Elliott, Paterson (Eagles 79), Fletcher (Thompson 86).
Subs: Penny, Kalvenes, McDonald, Gudjonsson.
Booked: Elliott (foul, 49)

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Baines, Yobo, Saha, Neville, Pinaar, Cahill, Osman, Fellaini (Jo 65), Rodwell.
Subs: Nash, Vaughan, Gosling, Duffy, Baxter, Wallace.

Attendance 19,983

    Data provided by Press Association