Everton moved out of the Premier League relegation zone thanks to a narrow victory over Brentford on Saturday. Dwight McNeil got the Toffees on the board just 35 seconds into the match. It would turn out to be the only goal of the game.
The visitors certainly put pressure on Everton for much of the match. In fact, Brentford had 67% possession on the day and took 12 total shots as well. McNeil even had to make a goal-saving clearance from a Ethan Pinnock header. Nevertheless, Everton are now 15th in the table, two points from safety.
Dyche emphasizes winning mentality to players
Following the massive win, Everton head coach Sean Dyche spoke about the mentality of winning games to remain in the Premier League. “I spoke to the players and media about building a firmer mentality in my way and my thinking of football,” said Dyche. “The players are adapting, working hard, but we are finding that balance in making the defense more resilient and creating more chances.”
“There is no lack of effort since I have been here and the crowd play a massive part for us in the end. They are on it – the energy from them helps the players enormously, but it is just another step.”
Everton’s win is especially impressive considering Brentford’s recent form. The west London club entered the weekend on a 12-game unbeaten run. Despite having only just been promoted back to the English top flight in 2021, Brentford are looking to qualify for a European competition.
However, the story on Saturday was all about Everton. The Merseyside team has now picked up three victories in seven league games since Dyche was brought in to help right ship. In comparison, Everton managed just three Premier League wins in 20 fixtures prior to Dyche’s arrival.
Coach claims that wins must be celebrated
“Wins are to be enjoyed in the Premier League,” proclaimed Dyche. “The win was satisfying for different reasons. The first half we were very good, you could arguably say we should have gone more in front. We were effective.”
“In the second half they were a team 12 unbeaten, a good outfit that has matured and they came back into it. It was good play from them. They ask questions of you with some very good players. It gets nervy but we gave them too many turnovers with the ball. You have to find ways of winning Premier League matches.”
Everton will look to continue their quest to say in the top flight when they travel to Chelsea next weekend.
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