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Just over two weeks ago we kicked off our away programme with a 2-0 defeat at Liverpool and tonight we are on the other side of Stanley Park at Everton as we look to get our first win on the board.

The start of the season has been something of a disappointment in terms of points with just one collected from the three games although that, in my view, doesn’t reflect the performances. We should have got something from the Brighton game and it was so disappointing to drop points against Leeds when the performance had deserved the win.

But we can’t go back and do anything about that and we travel to Goodison in the bottom three although any sort of positive result will take us out of there.

Since the last game we’ve made two new signings but I don’t expect to see either of them in the starting line up tonight. Connor Roberts is close to fitness but will probably get a game or two prior to being considered. While I’m not expecting Maxwell Cornet to start tonight, if fit it would be no surprise to see him named among the substitutes.

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Ashley Westwood spoke about the welcome the new players would get. “We’re all excited about him coming in,” he said of Cornet. “If he comes in and works hard he will really enjoy his football here.”

He added: “We did need bodies through the door. Collo (Nathan Collins) has done pre-season with us. Connor is hopefully training this week so he’s getting up to speed. They both seem great lads and Wayne has been about and he knows what it’s all about.

“The changing room is an easy place. You come in and you’re integrated straight away. Maxwel won’t have a problem doing that.”

As for tonight’s team, I’m expecting it to be similar to the one that lined up against Leeds. If we do have the same team it will be: Nick Pope, Matt Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor, Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson, Josh Brownhill, Ashley Westwood, Dwight McNeil, Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood. Subs from: Wayne Hennessey, Phil Bardsley, Nick Collins, Bobby Thomas, Erik Pieters, Aaron Lennon, Jack Cork, Maxwell Cornet, Jay Rodriguez, Matěj Vydra, Lewis Richardson.

It’s been all change at Goodison this summer with Rafa Benitez replacing Carlo Ancelotti as manager and they’ve made a good start with two wins and a draw in the first three games.

They opened up with a 3-1 home win against Southampton. Their scorers in that game were Richarlison, Abdoulaye Doucouré and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. A 2-2 draw at Leeds followed with Calvert-Lewin netting a penalty before new signing Demarai Gray netted. The same pair scored again in the 2-0 win at Brighton last time out.

They have no injury concerns and could give a debut to new signing, former West Brom and Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon.

Last time out at Brighton, they lined up: Jordan Pickford, Séamus Coleman, Mason Holgate, Michael Keane, Lucas Digne, Andros Townsend, Allan, Abdoulaye Doucouré, Demarai Gray, Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Subs: Asmir Begovic, Andy Lonergan, Jonjo Kenny, Alex Iwobi, Niels Nkounkou, André Gomes, Anthony Gordon, Jarrad Branthwaite.

 

LAST TIME WE WERE THERE

 

This was one of the memorable games of last season, a 2-1 win with the scoring complete just before the hour.

We were in front after 13 minutes with an excellent Chris Wood finish after a Dwight McNeil cross had deflected to him off former Claret Michael Keane. If that was a good goal then McNeil’s some eleven minutes later was even better.

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Matěj Vydra played the ball inside for McNeil who went past Allan before hitting a shot into the top corner.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin did pull one back  but we looked comfortable for much of the game and more than once were close to adding a third.

A terrific performance, a terrific result.

The teams were;

Everton: Jordan Pickford (João Virgínia 43), Mason Holgate (Séamus Coleman 73), Michael Keane, Ben Godfrey, Lucas Digne, Allan, Tom Davies (Josh King 66), André Gomes, Alex Iwobi, Richarlison, Dominic-Calvert Lewin. Subs not used: Harry Tyler, Yerry Mina, Niels Nkounkou, Tyler Onyango, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Nathan Broadhead.

Burnley: Nick Pope, Matt Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Erik Pieters, Jόhann Berg Guðmundsson (Robbie Brady 66), Josh Brownhill, Ashley Westwood, Dwight McNeil, Chris Wood, Matěj Vydra (Jay Rodriguez 78). Subs not used: Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Phil Bardsley, Kevin Long, Jimmy Dunne, Richard Nartey, Dale Stephens, Josh Benson.

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