May 18, 2024

Journalist Joe Thomas revealed a previously unreleased scene involving Sean Dyche, in which the Everton manager appeared anxious for the first time throughout his tenure.

The Toffees won the Premier League match on Saturday, November 11, 3-2, at Selhurst Park, continuing their stellar run of play.

In the 86th minute, Idrissa Gueye gave Everton their lead back, just before the press box TV feed switched to show Dyche in the visiting team’s dugout.

On November 14, at 12:18, Thomas made the following statement on the Liverpool Echo’s Royal Blue podcast: “One of the things I found interesting was that, with about five minutes to go and Everton leading, the camera picked up Sean Dyche.”

I don’t know if this was included on Match of the Day, but he had a tense, anxious appearance. I’ve never seen him look like that in an Everton dugout before.

That, in my opinion, suggests that he realized he was about to make a greater advancement than what would appear from his isolation alone.

“It was a result that had real meaning and depth to it because of what has gone on before it.”

 

Corner turned

The victory at Selhurst Park really was massive for Everton as it ensures there is an eight-point gap on the Premier League relegation zone.

It was a continuation of some impressive results over the past few weeks, having also won at West Ham and drawn with Brighton and Hove Albion.

Throw into the mix the 3-0 Carabao Cup last-16 win over Burnley, and it is fair to say Everton are in a very good place right now.

Dyche deserves huge credit for sticking to his guns after a terrible start to the campaign, which already feels like a distant memory.

The experienced manager had things tough in the first couple of months of the campaign, but a corner has now well and truly been turned.

Everton can now enter their next fixture at home to Manchester United on 26 November with some real confidence for the first time in a while.

One thing is for sure: there is no need for Dyche to cut a nervous figure on the sidelines in that match.

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