April 19, 2024

The trip to Nottingham Forest next weekend is now a “huge, huge game” for Everton after the 3-0 defeat at home to Manchester United, according to Roy Keane.

During the live broadcast of the meeting between Goodison Park and the Toffees on November 26, the Sky Sports pundit gave advice to Sean Dyche and the team not to overlook their next match at the City Ground.

Despite widespread belief that Everton will still avoid relegation, Keane pointed out that the hosts are also under pressure and cautioned Everton that they don’t want to be left any further adrift. The Toffees’ 10-point deduction puts them 19th in the table, when without it they would be a point better off than Steve Cooper’s team heading into the weekend.

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Keane said (7.04pm): “I think it’s a huge game. But Everton’s results have been decent away from home, they’ll obviously take a good following down there.

“Forest are under a little bit of pressure so I know it’s early in the season but that’s set up to be a huge, huge game.

“Psychologically Everton, we’re saying they’re going to get out of it, but they certainly don’t want the gap to get wider so big game next weekend.

“I know you can look ahead. It might sound a bit old-school, just focus on the next game. You can’t look beyond that because it’s such an important game for both clubs.”

Focus

It was regrettable for Everton to suffer such a heavy defeat at the hands of United on a night when supporters had demonstrated their disapproval of the Premier League in force.

The worst thing in such situation materialized minutes later when Alejandro Garnacho’s overhead kick to start the scoring startled the home crowd and distracted the teammates.

The atmosphere did eventually return, and Dyche’s team responded. However, despite their dominance, they were unable to find the net, and in the end, they felt that their chance to make a statement had been wasted.

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However, it’s true that the Toffees have been better away from home this season in a remarkable turnaround from recent years.

While Everton have been in good enough form to inspire confidence in their ability to overcome being dumped into the bottom three they will need to get some points on the board sooner rather than later or the pressure will quickly build.

A trip to Forest, who have only won twice in the past three months in the top flight, is a golden opportunity to get back into the rhythm they were in before all hell broke loose over the international break.

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