Dyche satisfied with a point but Tarkowski calls for more from forward line

23/04/2023 12comments  |  Jump to last

James Tarkowski expressed his concern that some of Everton's forwards were losing confidence

Sean Dyche appeared to be relatively happy with the point that his Everton side earned at Crystal Palace yesterday, particularly in light of Mason Holgate’s red card 10 minutes from the end which meant the Blues were hanging on somewhat for a draw.

Dyche admitted that he no complaints about Holgate’s dismissal, even if he thought they were harsh bookings, but took the positives from a result that ended a two-match losing run.

“The shape was good, the commitment to it was good,” the manager said after the goalless draw at Selhurst Park, a match that saw Dominic Calvert-Lewin finally return to the side and come through 90 minutes. “We were on the edge of finding the moment, but didn't quite find it. You've got to be careful with those decision. Sometimes the hardest thing to do in football is nothing.

“When you go down to 10, it's not easy here anyway. They had a tough run before they won three, but generally it's a tough place to play at. They're the in-form side.

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“To keep them to real minimal chances — they had one chance from distance, Jordan made a really good save, but we kept that side of it pretty clean from our point of view, defended well. The keeper and two centre-halves played well, I thought.

“To go in and take that on and be as secure as we were, I was pleased with that side of things. I still think we can play better, I think we can create more. We have got injuries, we have had injuries, we've got suspensions.”

Dyche said he isn’t concerned by the fact that Everton dropped back into the relegation zone on the back of their draw at Palace and Leicester’s win over Wolves, preferring to focus on the present and the games remaining in the Toffees’ battle to beat the drop.

“It's just the reality, that's the league table,' he said. “I don't really bother with it until the end. The most important table is the one at the end of the season. Nothing means anything apart from that one.

“The bit in between is the performance level, the fitness of the players the, organisation, the strategy, the process we go through to make sure that table looks right for us.

“I hope [performances like this can keep us up].”

Meanwhile, in comments that have been wildly overblown by at least one newspaper, James Tarkowski expressed the team’s disappointment at not getting all three points and pointed at a lack of confidence in Everton’s forward players as a contributory factor.

Tarkowski, together with Holgate, Michael Keane, Vitalii Mykolenko, substitute Ben Godfrey and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford earned their first clean sheet since the win over Brentford last month but the Blues drew a blank up front for the fourth time under Dyche and are now the lowest-scoring team in the top seven tiers of English football.

"We were quite disappointed,” the former Burnley mad said. “We’re in a real battle and we need more. We had the opportunity to pick up three points. To grind it out with 10 men is nice but there's way more from us. We defended well, we had conceded a few goals recently so that's a plus but we need to do more and expect more from our forward players.

"We have some really talented boys but we need more from them. It has been a tough season and maybe we are losing that confidence. The players we have got are super super talented boys. The season has not finished now so I don't look at the table. There [are] six games to go."


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Jim Bennings
1 Posted 23/04/2023 at 19:24:01
We have to reach a point where we are not satisfied with a draw.

Other teams around us are scoring goals, winning away games, winning matches.

We've won THREE games of football since October 22.

Likely we are going to require 36 points maybe at least to stay up.

6 games remaining, at what stage do we start realizing that we will need to rack up wins.

Anthony A Hughes
2 Posted 23/04/2023 at 19:38:38
Dyche talking some shite there.

Don't really bother with the league table, well do us a favour have a good look at it mate.

Not concerned we've dropped into the relegation zone with 6 games left Jesus fucking Christ where do we get some of these fellas from.

Barry Hesketh
3 Posted 23/04/2023 at 19:47:52
Anthony @2
I think that Dyche will know exactly where we stand in the league, points, goals for and against and all the other facts, however, he's not going to gift the media a headline such as "Dyche concerned about Everton's future!" or probably more importantly he's trying to take the pressure off his players in the run-in.

If he truly doesn't know our league position in relation to the rest of the teams, then he should be sacked and immediately replaced by somebody who does.

Tony Abrahams
4 Posted 23/04/2023 at 20:07:06
Especially the way the media have been jumping into Everton at every single opportunity Barry.
Jim Bennings
5 Posted 23/04/2023 at 20:20:04
I'm actually glad the media are sussing out the shambles that this club has become.

Our boardroom no longer has any friends now, the media have worked out that they are bullshitters, the straw that broke the Camel's back was that mystery headlock story in January..

Jerome Shields
6 Posted 23/04/2023 at 21:39:26
Barry that is it in a nutshell, when talking to the Media in such a situation.
David West
7 Posted 23/04/2023 at 23:12:20
Who gives a shit where we are now ?? We could have won this and still be down at the end of the season.
As Dyche says only table that matters is that final day !!
Next week is going to go a long way to tell us imo. If we stay up by 1 point this is a great result . If we go down by 1 point then make up your own end to this sentence.
Alan J Thompson
8 Posted 24/04/2023 at 06:04:31
It has been rather noticeable since Doucoure's suspension that we don't seem to be getting many, if any, players into the oppositions penalty box as we were, other than set pieces which we now can't seem to deliver effectively. It is also rather noticeable that Dyche in his comments about the central defenders and goalkeeper shows his disappointment with his selected full backs which I think is a little unfair on Mykolenko who defended well.
Mark Ryan
9 Posted 24/04/2023 at 08:46:34
Anthony @ 2 spot on. I like Dyche but why does he continue with his boring mantra of " I don't look at the table"?

Firstly, he clearly does, everybody does.
Secondly, if you are a total bell-end and truly "don't" then you are a managerial muppet. He should be analysing "everything".

Grow up, Sean, and simply say "Yes but it's my job to move us up that table".
The message he is giving out to everyone at the moment is "I don't care where we are in the table."

Well, you should, Sean. Just change the boring fucking message you dish out on interviews and pressers.

Duncan McDine
10 Posted 24/04/2023 at 09:16:02
No need to get upset about Dyche's comments. It's the kind of thing that most managers say (regardless of which end of the table they are) because they can only focus on the next game.

Anyway, it's pointless obsessing over interviews, because they don't affect football matches. I'm only interested in the results, and whilst we're still knee deep in shit, Sean Dyche has given me more hope of survival than I had before.

Nick Armitage
12 Posted 24/04/2023 at 20:56:32
No legs and no balls. Add that to no desire and no firepower up top. John Stones has more offensive guile than any of our so called attackers. Going down.

13 Posted 28/04/2023 at 11:07:20

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