Ben Mee was the only outfield player in a Burnley shirt not involved in the move that led to Jeff Hendrick’s goal against Everton.

It certainly made a mockery of suggestions this side know only one way to play. There’s been a shift this season to more of a possession game, and the 24 pass move showed the wider footballing world just how the Clarets have changed.

There will surely be few better team goals scored in the Premier League this season. The build-up had been patient before Robbie Brady’s whipped cross-field ball to Stephen Ward injected some pace into the play.

The ball from Scott Arfield to play Ward back in was perfectly weighted, as was the full-back's cross to Hendrick, who showed composure to glide away from Morgan Schneiderlin and score. What a goal.


Sean Dyche was at pains to point out after the game though that his side had not suddenly become Barcelona overnight, and he has no intention for them to become too focused on possession rather than penetration.

Dyche has always preached mixed football at Turf Moor and it’s more evolution than revolution this season.

Burnley can still mix it up and go direct when they need to, or want to. They did just that at Liverpool, looking to take advantage of the Reds’ fragility at the back.

But on the other side of Stanley Park on Sunday they showed then can pass it with the best of them as well.


A little harsh, perhaps. None of us are going to forget the service Michael Keane gave the Clarets any time soon.

But any fears that the £30million man would leave a gaping hole in Burnley’s defence have quickly been dispelled.

Ben Mee has continued in fine form alongside his new partner, James Tarkowski, who was once again immense at Goodison Park.

Mee and Tarkowski are top of the Premier League charts for blocks this season, and it again felt like the latter was in front of everything Everton threw at the Clarets on Sunday, while the former Brentford man is also top of the charts for clearance.

He’s made that spot next to Mee his own in the first two months of the season.


It was clear to see on Sunday how much confidence has been gained on the road for Burnley. It was a process set in motion with the win at Selhurst Park back in April and built upon in that stunning opening day success at Chelsea.

Now the Clarets look like they belong away from home at this level. They were composed on the ball and the way they saw the game out in the second half with little trouble was a mature performance you’d expect of Premier League veterans.

It’s been a remarkable turnaround from some of the performances served up away from home early on last season.


Dyche has been an outspoken critic of diving in the Premier League for a long time and he rightly slammed Rajiv van La Parra’s tumble in the box for Huddersfield last week.

The Clarets chief has said in the past he would give his own players ‘the curly finger’ if they took a dive, but he’s always distinguished between going down under no contact and making the most of contact in the box.

Scott Arfield was booked for simulation on Sunday, but he was touched by Ashley Williams. The midfielder may have been better to stay on his feet and try and get a shot away, but while it was no penalty, it was probably no dive either.