Dyche admits Everton need wins but denies Toffees are in a crisis

Sean Dyche admits Everton ‘have to win games’ but denies Toffees are in a crisis following 4-0 hammering at Aston Villa last time out

  • Everton are without a win heading into Saturday’s game against Wolves
  • Sean Dyche admits a victory would lift the mood at Goodison Park 
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Sean Dyche says the only way to end the negative noise and pessimism around Everton is to start winning matches, but the manager believes there is no such thing as a crisis after two games following a torrid start to the season.

The Toffees have lost both matches this season – a 1-0 defeat to Fulham and 4-0 thrashing at Aston Villa – and are yet to score a goal going into what already feels like a must-win game on Saturday against Wolves at Goodison Park.

Fans are already starting to grumble at poor performances, with boos heard and many fans leaving early at Villa Park last Sunday. And manager Dyche says the only people to change the negativity is the players.

‘The story has been similar for two seasons,’ he said. ‘Wins change the story. So do performances and feel around it. You can lose a game at Villa. They have spent a fortune and look like a good outfit.

‘But if you are going to lose a game, you lose by still showing fight and showing you are in it. Show some quality. Against Fulham we did that. Result aside it is the team that you want to see. If you are performing, people will clearly see the difference.

Sean Dyche admits his side need to start winning matches after a disappointing start to the season

Everton were beaten 4-0 by Aston Villa last weekend following a 1-0 defeat to Fulham on the opening week of the season 

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‘Winning adds to the difference and people will start to believe more. Last season we beat Arsenal, lost to Liverpool, beat Leeds and the story was just starting to go upwards. Then a few draws and losses meant we never quite got it going the right way until the end.

‘When you win and perform, the mood changes. The fans’ words change, your words (the media) change and it snowballs in the right direction. But we have to win games. It is not just a win, but the idea that we can create a new feeling instead of this “same old, same old”.

‘That is what it felt like last weekend which is why I didn’t enjoy it. There was too much of, “That was like it has been for years and years”. I took the defeat in the first game of the season. I don’t want to lose but I want to see a team that can perform.’

Dyche knows it is not time to panic, despite injuries to Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Alex Iwobi that will rule the pair out of the visit of Wolves. Striker Calvert-Lewin was yesterday seeing a specialist on his injured cheekbone.

Dyche has called on his players to deliver a result to lift the mood at Goodison Park

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Alex Iwobi are both set to miss Everton’s game against Wolves on Saturday due to injury



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‘It is less concerning (early-season form) than if it was game 37, that is for sure,’ added Dyche. ‘Because you can nip it in the bud early and say, “Right, there is a reminder”. They were not at it as individuals and as a team. It happens.

‘But you would definitely prefer that at the beginning of the season than the end. We have quickly seen what is not expected. If you are not on it you do not get anything. It is a reminder of what happens if you are not right. Occasionally you can luck out, not play well and get a draw.’

There is a clamour for Jarrad Branthwaite to start over out-of-form Michael Keane, after the young defender impressed on loan at PSV Eindhoven last season, and Dyche said: ‘I’ve said this before but it’s that Brian Clough one, “You’ll never see a player become a better player until they are on the bench”.

‘Famous words form Cloughie. He’s right. As soon as you leave a player out they are the best player that ever played. Then you put them back in and it’s, “Why did you put him back in?” That’s football and fans. I’ve been in it all my life. We’ve all done it.’

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