April 19, 2024

According to Garth Crooks, Everton’s Premier League point deduction might actually be a blessing in disguise for the team.

 

Sean Dyche saw his team respond emphatically the previous time out, winning 1-0 at Nottingham Forest. They accepted their punishment and continued to play their football.

 

The BBC pundit included Jordan Pickford and Dwight McNeil in his latest team of the week, with the duo both playing massive roles to win the game.

 

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Writing in his latest Team of the Week column for the BBC, Crooks was stunned by what he saw from the away side at the City Ground given the circumstances.

“It was a real team performance away at Nottingham Forest by Everton, and Pickford was at the heart of it,” he wrote.

 

“To what extent their performance was galvanised by having been deducted 10 points by the game’s authorities is hard to determine. This points reduction might prove to be a blessing in disguise for the Toffees.

 

“However, the finish by McNeil that eventually won Everton the match was a lovely strike.

“Boy, did they need these three points after their 10-point deduction by the Premier League recently for the contravention of their Financial Fair Play regulations? Everton seem to have taken their punishment on the chin and got on with matters.”

 

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Get on with it.

Everton have now officially lodged their appeal over the punishment, but while that process starts again, it changes nothing about what is ahead on the pitch.

Dyche and the squad have been magnificent, and it is a testament to them that they would have been in the top half of the Premier League at full-time on Saturday 2 December with that win.

 

Those in the boardroom and higher up at Goodison Park can worry about the appeal, but if this squad can pick up points quickly and start to get away from the bottom three, the outcome of that may not matter in the end.

No one would ever welcome a punishment like this, but Everton have shown exactly how you react to it, by letting their football do the talking.

More big performances will be needed in the near future though, with Newcastle, Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester City all to play before the New Year.

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