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Silva delighted to get response from his Toffees

Burnley 1 Everton 5

Goal celebration: Richarlison
Goal celebration: Richarlison

By Eleanor Crooks

Marco Silva praised a "fantastic" response from his Everton players in a thumping victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.

The Toffees were shell-shocked to lose 6-2 to Tottenham on Sunday but managed to earn an equally emphatic 5-1 victory three days later.

Silva said: "It was a fantastic answer from our players - not just the team but the fans as well. We prepared well, we started well, because it is not easy to play here.

"When you have a bad result, the best thing is to play quickly, and the players have proved that. We have got a good result, an important win.

"The last result was tough but we have no doubts about our personality or quality. We had a bad afternoon but have proved not just our quality but our commitment and attitude as well."

Yerry Mina opened the scoring inside two minutes with his first goal in English football and that set the tone. Lucas Digne doubled the advantage with a fine free-kick in the 13th minute and Ben Mee's handball allowed Gylfi Sigurdsson to make it three with only 22 minutes gone.

Burnley responded by reducing the arrears before half-time, Ben Gibson marking his first Premier League start for the club with a scrappy goal.

Digne scored his second from long range and Richarlison finished off the scoring with the final kick of the game.

Burnley's performances in recent weeks had been more like the form they showed in qualifying for Europe last season, but this was a real step back and the Clarets remain deep in trouble.

Sean Dyche took the result on the chin, saying: "We didn't deserve anything today. You can't start for 20 minutes like we did. Credit to Everton, they started well with an energy and a purpose, but you can't give goals away.

"The games coming up are massive for our season. It's not about concerns, it's about realities - we are where we are because we haven't deserved any better. We haven't kept the margins tight enough."

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