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April 21, 2024

Everton vs Nottingham: Dyche demands response after ‘horrid’ night at Stamford Bridge

Everton vs Nottingham: Dyche demands response after ‘horrid’ night at Stamford Bridge

As Everton braces for a crucial clash against Nottingham Forest in their fight to avoid Premier League relegation, manager Sean Dyche has called for his team to step up their efforts following a demoralizing 6-0 defeat at Chelsea.

The Toffees find themselves in a perilous position, with just one win in their last 15 league games and sitting precariously in 16th place, a mere two points above the relegation zone.

However, they have a lifeline in the form of a game in hand over the three teams directly below them.

Compounding their challenges, Everton has faced setbacks off the pitch, having been docked points twice this season for financial breaches.

The club is currently appealing against a recent two-point deduction, having previously seen a 10-point punishment reduced to six on appeal earlier in the campaign.

With the stakes higher than ever, Sunday’s showdown with Nottingham Forest at Goodison Park takes on added significance.

Nottingham Forest, just one point behind Everton in 17th place, are also embroiled in their own battle against relegation and are appealing a four-point deduction.

“I know I’m in my infancy here of earning my spurs, and currently not deemed to be doing a very good job of it,” Dyche told reporters on Friday.

“That’s fine, but 15 games ago I was deemed to be the messiah, and everything was OK, and I had found the magic key. Fifteen games later you’re not. That’s life in football.

“We have to give more, I have to, I understand that. Some of the stuff I can’t control has affected us, and that’s difficult. I can’t control the Premier League, the points (deductions).

“Control on the pitch I’ve got to do better and we’ve got to do better, and they can hopefully continue to play their part, as they have been doing.”

Immediately after the Chelsea match Dyche, in charge at Everton since January 2023, described it as a “horrible defeat, arguably the worst of my career.”

With Everton embroiled in a struggle to preserve the top-flight status they have held since 1954, Dyche said there had been “a lot of home truths, a lot of sharing truths, me included, about what I expect from myself, the staff and the players”.

“We are saying, ‘You can only do it as a group, you can’t do it as individuals’ and pulling that back together.”

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