Burnley ended a run of 11 Premier League matches without a win by coming from behind to beat Everton at Turf Moor.
Substitute Chris Wood took advantage of woeful defending to head in the winner from Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s corner on 80 minutes.
Cenk Tosun had put the visitors in front on 20 minutes with his first Everton goal, heading past Burnley keeper Nick Pope from Seamus Coleman’s neat flick.
The Clarets responded superbly, forcing Jordan Pickford into three excellent saves before Ashley Barnes equalised by converting Matthew Lowton’s immaculate through ball from deep.
A dreadful second half from Everton was compounded when captain Ashley Williams was sent off for elbowing Barnes late on.
Victory takes Burnley five points behind sixth-placed Arsenal and is the first time they have won in the Premier League under Sean Dyche after conceding first.
England’s next number one?
With Gareth Southgate in attendance at Turf Moor, Pickford and Pope had the opportunity to advance their claims to be part of England’s World Cup squad this summer.
Southgate’s decision may be no clearer after the game – while Pope was perhaps more solid overall, Pickford provided the spectacular.
The Everton keeper made three tremendous saves, the first a dive to his right to keep out Barnes’ sharp header from Lowton’s cross on 30 minutes.
After the interval, Pickford produced an excellent one-handed stop to his left to thwart Aaron Lennon’s curving strike before tipping over Ben Mee’s glancing header from the resulting corner.
Yet, while his shot-stopping was prodigious, his decision-making was contentious.
He could perhaps have been quicker off his line for Barnes’ equaliser, and could not battle through the bodies to claim Gudmundsson’s corner for the winner – although his defenders were most at fault for both.
Pope, meanwhile, made three more regulation saves but looked composed, continuing to impress in the absence of the injured Tom Heaton.
Pickford and Pope could well be involved in Southgate’s squad for matches against the Netherlands and Italy at the end of March but, with Joe Hart still out of West Ham’s starting XI, both may have to do more to be England’s next number one.
One run ends, another drags on
Burnley had not won in the league since a 1-0 victory over Stoke on 12 December but had clung onto seventh place thanks to six draws and the erratic form of the sides below them.
This win takes Dyche’s men to 40 points, already matching their total from last year as they look to finish seventh, which would mean they qualify for the Europa League if one of the top six sides wins the FA Cup.
Despite Tosun’s opener, the hosts were the brighter side in the early stages, with Barnes a constant menace for a shaky Everton defence and Lennon impressing against his former club.
Right-back Lowton was outstanding, his through ball from near the halfway line weighted perfectly for Barnes to collect and score.
Tosun linked up well with Theo Walcott and Gylfi Sigurdsson in the first half but Everton fell away after the break, extending their poor away form to five straight Premier League defeats on the road.
Sigurdsson had a chance to restore Everton’s lead two minutes before Wood scored but sliced wide after a brilliant first touch, yet it was weak defending that again undid Sam Allardyce’s side.
Wood easily evaded Williams to leap over Michael Keane for the winner, with the frustrated Toffees captain then clashing with Barnes in the Burnley area late on to be dismissed by referee Chris Kavanagh on another miserable away day for Everton.
More to follow.