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Calvert-Lewin's winner seals a special debut for Ancelotti

Everton 1 Burnley 0

Top man: Dominic Calvert-Lewin celebrates his goal
Top man: Dominic Calvert-Lewin celebrates his goal

By Carl Markham

Carlo Ancelotti's Everton managerial debut was a "special day" after a late Dominic Calvert-Lewin header secured a 1-0 victory over Burnley to ensure he got off to a winning start.

The Italian was in the Goodison Park dugout for the first time having been appointed on Saturday.

He took over from caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson, who had overseen five points from his three matches in charge, and while this game had none of that energy and fight, Ancelotti was happy enough.

"I think the spirit of the team was good. It was a special game with a lot of long balls but I think we defended well," he said.

"After that we tried to do some combinations in front but we were a little bit slow from the back in the first half.

"In the end the performance was good - not top, but a good performance.

"For me today the reception here at Goodison Park was a special day, absolutely."

Ancelotti had little time to work with his new players but he was able to make a couple of tactical tweaks, and playing defender Djibril Sidibe in an advanced position to allow Seamus Coleman to return at right-back paid off as the Frenchman provided the cross for the goal.

"When we started to build up it was with Coleman a little bit back and Sidibe more forward, and it worked well because he put in the cross for Calvert-Lewin to score (his third goal in his last five games)," added Ancelotti.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche said he expected an Everton reaction to the new manager.

He said: "I was happy overall with the game plan. Second half we tried to come out and affect it but we couldn't find the margins.

"Unfortunately we made a mistake playing 'inside' football when we could play for position not possession."

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