Everton got themselves into further trouble when they lost a 2-1 lead in their 3-2 loss to relegation rivals Burnley.
Maxwel Cornet’s late strike gave the Clarets a crucial win, which sees them slip just a point behind Frank Lampard’s side.
The visitors appeared to be in control at half-time as two Richarlison penalties put them 2-1 up after Nathan Collins gave Sean Dyche’s men an early lead.
But an unnecessary finish saw Everton fail to extend their lead and a loose Toffees defense allowed Jay Rodriguez to equalise.
Lampard’s men could have won in the end but it turned out to be Burnley night as Cornet finished emphatically to send the faithful home.
The result sees Everton remain 17th, however, they are just one point above the bottom three, while 19th-placed Watford are just three points behind the Toffees.
A soaked and crestfallen Frank Lampard walked off the pitch full-time, his side now having lost six league games in a row, sucked deeper and deeper into trouble.
Burnley had lost their last four without scoring, being pressed unceremoniously by Sean Dyche to just ‘kick in goal’, and the manager chose an attacking side when Rodriguez came on and Cornet replaced Dwight McNeil on the left .
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Both managers had sought to downplay the idea of this as relegation deciders, but there was a real sense of tension inside Turf Moor at kick-off.
Burnley were the first to feed off that, with Charlie Taylor and Ashley Westwood both threatening before Collins broke the deadlock on 12 minutes.
It was another for the defensive horror show reel at Everton. Cornet sent in a corner that floated above a crowd of Everton defenders for Collins to latch on for his first Burnley goal.
The goal was achieved with a huge roar from the local faithful, but within minutes they turned into groans.
Everton had barely managed to get out of their own half before Collins’ strike, but when Anthony Gordon broke into the box he got on the wrong side of Westwood, who awkwardly dragged him to the ground , and Richarlison’s over-the-top, stuttering run did the trick as keeper Nick Pope went the wrong way.
Everton were now on top. Richarlison’s bending shot took a gash to bend just after Abdoulaye Doucoure advanced, then the Brazilian and Dominic Calvert-Lewin scrambled after Alex Iwobi’s pass split the Burnley defence.
It was another pass from Iwobi that freed Vitaliy Mykolenko in the box and as the Ukrainian spun away from Aaron Lennon he was caught by an outstretched boot.
Referee Mike Dean initially looked away despite the Everton man’s over-the-top response, but VAR Darren England sent the referee to the screens with the inevitable result of a second penalty. Again, Richarlison sent Pope the wrong way.
Burnley equalized 11 minutes after the restart as Taylor cut in from the left and drilled a low cross through a crowd of Everton defenders for Rodriguez to strike from close range.
Everton were looking for an immediate response, but Pope was careful to shovel to protect Richarlison’s overhead kick before Calvert-Lewin headed his way.
As the rain swept the ground, James Tarkowski made a vital block on Gordon’s shot on goal with Jarrad Branthwaite, for the suspended Michael Keane, heading in from the resulting corner.
Cornet then tripped on the floor inside the box and turned to look at Dean, although Gordon’s touch was gentle.
Cornet was sharp, coming back to defend but providing a constant threat. Ben Godfrey did well to deflect his low cross in front of goal and then his curling shot was cleared away by Jordan Pickford.
But the efforts of the Ivorian paid off five minutes from the end thanks to yet another defensive screamer.
Godfrey blundered trying to manage Taylor’s cross, and the ball swung for substitute Matej Vydra to punch a cross into Cornet’s path, his strike sparking huge celebrations among the home faithful.
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