Everton suffered their second home defeat of the season as Jeff Hendrick’s goal earned Burnley their first ever Premier League points at Goodison Park.
After a bright opening spell, the Blues fell behind against the run of play on 21 minutes when Republic of Ireland international Hendrick swept home after a well-worked Clarets attack.
Everton continued to probe and carved out chances for Oumar Niasse and Dominic Calvert-Lewin after the break but ultimately failed to muster a comeback as they had against Bournemouth in their previous Premier League outing.
The Blues also saw two penalty appeals for handball waved away late on and, try as they might, Ronald Koeman’s charges couldn’t find a way past visitors who remain unbeaten on the road this season, having won at Chelsea and drawn against Spurs and Liverpool.
Koeman received a pre-match boost when defender Michael Keane, who had missed the previous two matches with a foot injury, was passed fit to face his former club.
Keane’s inclusion alongside Ashley Williams in the centre of defence was one of three changes to the Everton team that had started against the Cherries, with Nikola Vlasic also replacing Davy Klaassen in midfield, and Niasse handed his first start in attack at the expense of Wayne Rooney, who was on the bench.
Eager to extend their unbeaten run to four matches, Everton emerged with real purpose and twice went close to striking a decisive early blow during a blistering start.
There were barely three minutes on the clock when a neat interchange between Calvert-Lewin and Gylfi Sigurdsson carved out a chance for Niasse, who was lurking with intent on the edge of the area. However, the striker’s first-time shot was brilliantly repelled by keeper Nick Pope, who dived low to his left.
With Calvert-Lewin’s pace posing Burnley problems, Everton were playing on the front foot and another flowing move led to a second golden opportunity in as many minutes.
Vlasic cut in menacingly from the right and bulldozed past a couple of defenders before sliding a clever pass into Sigurdsson, but the Iceland international’s low shot lacked the venom to beat Pope.
It was mostly one-way traffic, with Everton looking dangerous every time they ran at the visitors’ back four.
Another probing run, this time from Niasse, led to another chance for Sigurdsson, who suddenly found himself in space inside the area, but as he threatened to pull the trigger, midfielder Jack Cork appeared from nowhere to make a superbly-timed, goal-saving tackle.
However, all the Blues’ good work was then undermined when Burnley broke the deadlock, against the run of play, in the 21st minute.
Scott Arfield’s incisive pass released Stephen Ward, who was overlapping on the left, and the defender promptly cut the ball back to Hendrick, who stepped past Morgan Schneiderlin and buried a low shot beyond the diving Jordan Pickford.
Things might have got worse for the Blues shortly before the interval when Burnley appealed for a penalty after Arfield went down in the box under a challenge from Williams. But the referee, Jon Moss, was unimpressed and booked the Clarets player for diving.
With Everton struggling to find a way through a packed Burnley defence, Koeman decided to shake things up and introduced Rooney in place of Morgan Schneiderlin in the 63rd minute. Tom Davies, so impressive off the bench against Bournemouth, then replaced Vlasic six minutes later - and the result was the Blues’ best spell since that opening flurry.
Niasse and Calvert-Lewin had headers that went wide of the target and Rooney and Idrissa Gana Gueye both tried their luck from distance before Calvert-Lewin made Pope work with a shot low to the Burnley keeper’s right.
Either side of that effort, there were howls from the home faithful when Matt Lowton first appeared to handle as he jostled with Rooney, and then Williams’ header struck the former Aston Villa defender on the bicep. Both appeals were waved away by Moss.
Williams stayed forward as an auxiliary striker as the Toffees desperately scrambled for an equaliser, but Leighton Baines’ injury-time cross was too high for the Welshman and, with that, went Everton’s hopes of a point to take into the October international break.
Next up for the Blues is a first ever Premier League trip to Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday 15 October.