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Andros Townsend credited his mum for the wonder strike, which helped Everton beat Burnley and maintain their unbeaten season.

The 30-year-old winger, signed as a free agent within the summer, said he “rolled back the years” at Goodison after his mother Katerina sent him a video of his best goals.

Townsend, who has 13 England caps, also found out Michael Keane’s equalizer during a 3-1 comeback victory, which also saw Demarai Gray grab his third goal of the season.

“I need to provide a shout-out to my mum because during the week she sent me a compilation video of all my goals,” he said.

“She clipped all of them together and she or he told me I want to believe myself again. I feel you saw that with this goal here.

“It was rolling back the years. I’ve got that within the locker, I just got to be ready to produce it on a uniform basis. Hopefully, with the manager here I’ll keep getting into the proper positions and score more goals and obtain more assists for this historic football club.”

Everton was trailing to Burnley after Ben Mee’s header during a robust encounter where Richarlison body-checked the Clarets skipper before the Everton forward was taken out by James Tarkowski.

But Everton scored three goals in six minutes to show the sport on its head, with Townsend’s 25-yard strike giving Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope no chance.

The victory also came without injured striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who Everton boss Rafael Benitez said might be out for “more than two to 3 weeks” after breaking his toe, as Richarlison started upfront during a 3-4-3 formation.

“We didn’t get on the brink of Burnley within the half, we weren’t giving Richarlison support, and that we rectified that,” said Townsend.

“Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been the talisman and maybe a big loss, but we’ve players within the room who can intensify.

“Everton also had an excellent start last season too but fell away. we’ve suffered adversity in each game, but have found how to return out of it. That stands us in good stead for the remainder of the season.”

Benitez added: “I was convinced that Andros would be a crucial player for us because he was my player for a few months at Newcastle. I knew him in terms of his quality and tonight you’ll see that.

“And also, he’s knowledgeable and he’s keen to find out so I feel we are now having a gaggle of players that want to enhanceand they are happy. He’s one among these players and that I did not have any doubt that he would have best for us.”

‘Signing those two for £1.7m is completely fantastic’
Former Aston Villa and Scotland defender Alan Hutton lecture BBC Radio 5 Live: Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray are available. There are a couple of raised eyebrows, but they have been excellent.

They were the most men tonight – a wonder goal from Townsend, I hope he’s got that on record.

I think Demarai Gray just needed to seek out a home, he needs game time and minutes. He seems comfortable here, I feel the manager trusts him.

Gray needed to play games and never got the sport time at Leicester, but here he seems settled with the arrogance he’s showing. they’re two brilliant signings for Everton – £1.7m for those two signings is completely fantastic.

‘Wonderous Townsend’ – what you said
Andy: People keep quite rightly raving about Gray, but Townsend has also been great since joining! I kept saying we lacked balance for years, we finally have two wingers! Football is often simple.

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