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Sean Dyche was unable to contain his frustration after the final whistle of today's deflating 3-1 defeat to West Ham, saying that his players have got to start taking their chances.

The Toffees should have ended a largely poor first half by taking the lead with their first penalty of the season but Beto squandered the perfect chance to score only his second Premier League goal of the season with a weak spot-kick that Alphonse Areola palmed aside.

The Portuguese had already spurned another great chance earlier in the first period but he did eventually find the net when he connected with a sumptuous James Garner cross but what was statistically the highest-rated goalkeeping performance of the season by Areola helped keep Everton at bay.

Dwight McNeil failed to convert from close range, Dominic Calvert-Lewin scuffed another shot when put in on the keeper and, overall, the Blues had 22 attempts at goal but only managed to score once.

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West Ham, meanwhile, were clinical, equalising when Kurt Zouma out-jumped Ben Godfrey to head home a corner and then scoring twice in stoppage time, first through Tomas Soucek and then on the counter-attack through Edson Alvarez.

“I am looking at the quality we have got and it seems an odd thing,” Dyche said. “How we are not scoring more goals is just bizarre. If you score the second, it is a long way back for any team.

"You can't say every week about xGs because it's through the roof again. You have to go and score a goal.

"I'm frustrated because we're doing good stuff. Too many games have got away from us at Goodison. We can't keep creating chances and not killing a game off.

"The pressure is on us now to score goals. I can't keep standing here and talking about xG.

"We create golden chances, we don't take them and they had two chances and scored them both."


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Ajay Gopal
1 Posted 03/03/2024 at 07:59:41
Dyche's frustrations are understandable, but he doesn't get on the football pitch. And it is not like he has a dazzling array of talent on the bench.

The limitations imposed by the P&S rules are starting to bite. Having said that, I don't see the point of bringing in Chermiti and Dobbin with 2 minutes left to play.

Dyche's frustrations should at least result in some drastic changes in the setup. Godfrey, Onana, Harrison and Beto to make way for Patterson, Gana, Dobbin and Calvert-Lewin, me thinks.

Dean Johnson
2 Posted 03/03/2024 at 08:27:00
I second that, Ajay.

Get them in for extra training with someone who knows how to score. That means bringing someone new in because we've had no one like that since Lineker.

We destroy strikers because we are too nice and too emotional. A striker should show no fear and no emotion yet we seem to encourage more of it and wonder why our strikers keep spaffing it into the stands.

Dean Williams
3 Posted 03/03/2024 at 08:51:19
Worse culprit is Harrison. What a waste of space he's been. No pace to beat a man and consistently runs up blind alleys. And of course dyche the douch won't bench him.
Andrew Bentley
5 Posted 03/03/2024 at 10:56:09
One of our biggest issues now vs the start of the season is that we seemed to have competition for places back in August. Dyche was still trying to find his best 11 and players in the right positions and this got the best out of the team as it gave them all that edge/focus to perform otherwise they wouldn’t start.
He was trying to fit 4 CMs into 3 positions, Ashley Young was vying for the LB/RB roles, McNeil, Harrison and Danjuma were battling for wide slots, and DCL finally had some competition in Beto.

Roll onto where we are now and the same 11 get picked every week regardless of performance. This leads to complacency, lethargy and a lack of edge.

As others have commented, the lack of options and the small squad have all led to this but Dyche doesn’t help by not dropping underperforming players and giving the fringe players a chance.

DCL needs to be taken out of the limelight for a bit and give Beto a run, McNeil needs dropping as does Harrison for starters. We need to get some competition for places back and Dyche needs to give the kids and fringe players the chance to cement a place. Godfrey is doing a solid job defending but we need a RB who can overlap and support in attack as well.

Continuing to do what we are doing isn’t working!

Derek Powell
6 Posted 03/03/2024 at 17:04:40
We play the same formation, same tactics, same players, under the same mindset, home and away, so it's very easy to work out how to break down Everton and what players to target.

His subs are far too late and like for like once Plan A is out the window. The players don't seem to enjoy what they are being asked to do or the style of play he chooses to implement so the buck stops firmly at his door.

It's now 10 without a win; IMO, should be gone end of the season even if we stay up.

Phil Smith
7 Posted 03/03/2024 at 17:22:19
If Harrison starts next game, I'll be pissed off to no end.

He was awful last game and has been getting gradually worse each week. He clearly can't play on the right side. Shift him over to the left… or to the bench.

Jerome Shields
8 Posted 03/03/2024 at 17:31:45
Dereck #6,

That is a problem. Granted he could have better players. An increasing problem is the lack of concentration in injury time.

It is a regular occurrence for 9+ minutes now and Everton players need to be aware of this and concentrate.

Tony Hill
12 Posted 03/03/2024 at 18:32:35
There is serious encouragement to be taken, albeit perversely, from the unconverted chances we create, and have created, since the first game of the season. Sam Hoare is right about this.

If we find a goalscorer, then we are in the mix at the top, not the bottom, of the table.

Give Beto an extended run. There are goals in that fella. Calvert-Lewin will look after himself and young Chermiti is going to be interesting.

The players need a mental shift but so do we as fans. It's a reciprocal reinforcement. Believe in them and they'll believe in themselves. Obviously, there are no guarantees but it gives us the best chance.

We played some good stuff yesterday, you know.

Peter Moore
13 Posted 03/03/2024 at 21:13:47
If the statistics even out over a season, in terms of converting very presentable chances, we should be in for some very sizable wins imminently.

The stats evening out across the season to a sensible level, to bring our shots-to-goals ratio up to middling to average, instead of despicably poor, should see us on an impressive winning run.

The team have to continue to give every effort for every second and every minute of every match. Should they do this, and the stats do even out, it shall be wonderful.

I won't hold my breath of course, 'lies, damn lies and statistics' and all that.

We must stop helping our opponents by being so profligate in front of goal though, to prove this team are not relegation fodder.


Barry Rathbone
14 Posted 03/03/2024 at 21:20:32
Very little you can coach into mature players regarding technique but one skill that can improve with practice is heading the ball.

Calvert-Lewin needs a bit of overtime on that one, then he might not be so profligate in front of goal.

Jay Harris
15 Posted 03/03/2024 at 21:47:06
Personally, I don't rate Harrison either but you have to say he is playing on his own. It's like him and Godfrey never speak to each other.

Godfrey is good with last-ditch blocks and tackles but in all other respects is much worse than Patterson. He rarely gets forward in support and, when he does, his crosses are woeful. His heading ability for a so-called centre-back is also woeful.

Tony Hill
16 Posted 03/03/2024 at 21:47:18
And yet, Barry, I recall two magnificent headers from Digne deliveries: against Tottenham and against Liverpool. I am sure there are others.

I don't think it's technique, it's mental dread.

Barry Rathbone
17 Posted 03/03/2024 at 22:33:47
Tony @16,

Watch the footage of the ball bouncing off the wrong side of his head when running onto a perfect McNeil cross vs Luton just begging to be buried then tell me that's not bad technique.

He's not going to blunder every header but a top pro shouldn't blunder any.

Dale Self
18 Posted 04/03/2024 at 00:28:53
I'm with you, Tony, it is lack of confidence and mental fatigue. Our performances at home support that.

They obviously feel the pressure and it is affecting their finishing. Hopefully we can get a result on the road and bring some of that home.

Don Alexander
19 Posted 04/03/2024 at 00:41:40
Nearing 70 as I am, I've been aghast for decades that mega-paid so-called professional footballers are allowed by managers to opt in or out of extra training to try to improve crucial facets of the club's performance on the pitch.

In the past few days, Dyche has been reported as saying his regular forwards have a personal choice as to whether they try to improve but, a day or two later, it was reported that Chermiti has been required to undertake extra coaching at Finch Farm in order to improve enough to be worthy of a starting place.

I don't recall anyone who's spent their young years at Everton ever looking like scoring from outside the box – for decades.

Shooting hard and accurately is a technique that can be easily learned from coaching. Amateurs know that – so why do so many in our squad fail to grasp that nettle, and why does a rightly increasingly desperate manager allow it to continue?

John Davies
20 Posted 04/03/2024 at 11:17:09
Derek at post #6. I'm with you 100%. Fed up with listening to Dyche now. We are so poor at game time – and it's not just the players who are to blame.

If you keep doing the same thing over and over again when things are going wrong, why expect anything to get better?

Mark Ryan
21 Posted 04/03/2024 at 14:09:31
I agree with you, Sean, I'm also fed up listening to you talk about xG.

Sort the team out. You're paid Rock Star wages, sort it out, for fuck's sake!

Ray Robinson
22 Posted 04/03/2024 at 14:18:34
As a matter of interest, we get a corner at the end of the game on Saturday looking for 2-2. Garner's kick to the near post is headed behind for another corner. All our big men are at the far post. Garner takes the second corner to the exact same spot at the near post which is cleared and West Ham go the full length of the pitch to score before most of our men can get back.

Whose fault is it? Dyche's intransigeant tactics which have indoctrinated the players? Or Garner's for not the brains to vary the routine? There you have the player's fault versus the manager's fault argument encapsulated.

Dave Abrahams
23 Posted 04/03/2024 at 14:24:11
Ray ( 22)

I always feel anxious when get a corner or a free kick close to the opposition's goal because the breakaways are not properly covered.

I feel very anxious when we are chasing the game, I think it is down to both the manager and players.

Ray Robinson
24 Posted 04/03/2024 at 14:35:45

I use it as an example to highlight the growing intolerance towards Dyche. I'm not excusing him of mistakes with team selection, dire tactics and late substitutions but he doesn't make players miss chances or fail to engage their brains.

The players have to take responsibility sometimes. It's not always the manager's fault.

Dave Abrahams
25 Posted 04/03/2024 at 15:34:29
Ray (24),

Yes, I agree entirely with that, I think Dyche overall is doing a good job with the small squad he was left with and not being able to add to it in January.

He makes mistakes like all managers, even the best, Man City hammered Liverpool at Anfield last season but went hellbent on winning the game and left themselves wide open to Liverpool's breakaway goal even though a draw would have been a very good result.

Everton do it far too often and it is down to Dyche with his pre-match talk to make the players realise that and for the players to be sensible and professional enough to be aware of the danger on the field.

Sam Hoare
26 Posted 04/03/2024 at 16:14:05
Others may disagree, I'm sure, but I can't remember a time where I felt the level of performances was so unmatched to the level of results since perhaps Marco Silva.

Of course I'm not suggesting that we have been playing some sort of champagne football but, for the most part, we really have been creating more chances than our opponents. It's extremely frustrating but no manager can put the ball in the net for his players!

I highly doubt that our forwards are practising shooting drills any less than other teams but, at this point, it feels more mental. Like a curse or a hoodoo over certainly players that is consequently making them stretch or tense or rush.

For example, with the McNeil chance on Saturday, the ball is actually played through to Harrison in a really good spot, he could easily have shot straight away across goal and, if he gets it right, then it's in the corner but instead he takes a touch and waits.

He does find a good ball (that McNeill should definitely score from) but his unwillingness to take the initial shot speaks volumes (keep in mind Soucek scored from a far less likely place). Very few players out there believe they can score at the moment.

That is why I would stick with Beto for a while. He's not as good an all round player as Calvert-Lewin but, at the moment, he looks the more likely to score and seems to get into decent positions, even if his technique is rusty.

McNeil and Harrison really need either to step up or take a rest. It's a real shame that Danjuma has been injured and I think if he'd have played as many minutes as Harrison or McNeil, then he'd have at least 4 or 5 goals to his name by now.

John Keating
27 Posted 04/03/2024 at 17:12:06
We signed Coleman for nothing. Yes, we had to give him a couple of seasons before he was ready but it just proved we don't have to spend zillions!

Right now, we can't really bring in players to watch, we need them performing.

We signed Campbell and he had an impact.
We signed Jelavic for £5 million, he had an impact.

I mentioned months ago, in January we could and should have got Shankland from Hearts. We could have got him for the same price we got Jelavic all those years ago.

My mate John McGinn. who I raved about. went to Villa for nothing.

We spent God knows how much on Beto? We really have to wise up. We don't beed to spend millions on players.

I give you Coleman, Sheedy, Reid, Harper, Gray et al…

Barry Rathbone
28 Posted 04/03/2024 at 17:20:26
I have no idea what xG is and have no desire to know.

Footy stats are probably the most misleading guff out there.

Ray Roche
29 Posted 04/03/2024 at 17:47:55
John @27,

Stones is also a prime example but I believe Moyes was very reluctant to sign him when we bought him.

John Keating
30 Posted 04/03/2024 at 18:03:07
Ray, you're probably spot on with Stones. However, for the next few seasons, I can accept we can't spend the few bob we've got on “potential”.

We have to use every penny on getting players who can come in and make an impact. “Potential” can come later.

I mentioned just some of the players we signed who were crocked or over the hill but did the business. We have to look more at the Cahill, Neville, Tarkowski market and hope we can pick up the odd gem like Branthwaite.

Robert Tressell
31 Posted 04/03/2024 at 20:02:20
John # 27,

Shankland might be the answer if we are relegated - twice. He is very firmly in the Alfredo Morelos "good in Scotland" brigade. Not one for the Premier League.

I do however agree that good attacking options don't need to cost a fortune. Very talented players can be sourced from low cost markets (which needn't be hugely exotic either), and especially at U22 level.

Ray Said
32 Posted 04/03/2024 at 20:13:43
Robert (31)

What's your opinion on Adam Idah from Celtic? I watched him a couple of times and he stayed close to the goal, scored a few, all inside the box, and seems very useful in the air.

Andy Crooks
33 Posted 04/03/2024 at 20:35:55
Ray @22, you are right. Garner hit two corners to the near post where there was not a blue shirt in sight. Just poor play.

However, the only player back in our own half was, incredibly, Gomes; who should have been at the edge of the West Ham box and who was going to be, and proved to be, utterly useless at defending a break.

Derek Taylor
34 Posted 05/03/2024 at 21:34:23
Dyche sent Simms packing because he had better in the form of Beto!

Both him and our wonderful DoF want sacking now before it's too late. Get Carsley back, I beg you!

Andy Crooks
35 Posted 05/03/2024 at 22:06:10
What are Carsley's credentials for the job? You think Simms is the answer? Why? What has he done to suggest he will get goals in the Premier League?

Derek, that's your opinion, back it up with facts. You are confident we will be relegated. Why? If it wasn't for the deduction, we would nearly be safe. Carsley??

Danny O’Neill
36 Posted 05/03/2024 at 22:29:59
I've had discussions about Carsley and mentioned this before. I believe (without actual fact), he is more content coaching at youth and developmental level. It's a different thing.

I can see him potentially following Southgate's path. There were even rumours of him taking the Ireland job. It's possible he would like to remain in international football than the circus of club football.

Duncan Lennard
37 Posted 07/03/2024 at 16:15:05
Seems to me our high xG has given our front line something of a free hit. It's allowed Dyche to interpret our attacking play in a positive light, when in fact it surely highlights just how shite we are at putting the ball in the net… aka the most important aspect of the game.

His recent change of tone gives me some hope the penny has dropped.

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