May 16, 2024

Sean Dyche has hailed Kieran Trippier as a ‘top player’ who the Everton boss has a ‘lot of respect for’ after the Newcastle United defender made uncharacteristic mistakes in his side’s 3-0 defeat.

It was goalless at Goodison Park when a fatigued Trippier was caught dawdling on the ball with 79 minutes on the clock. Dwight McNeil pounced and fired his side in front after Newcastle defenders backed off the winger.

Trippier was again dispossessed just a few minutes later in a similar area of the pitch by Jack Harrison, who cut the ball back across the box. Although McNeil did not connect, Abdoulaye Doucoure was there to double his side’s advantage. There was still time for Beto to add a third in stoppage time after being played in by a rather simple ball down the right channel.

It was a huge win for Everton, who climbed out of the relegation zone, following just their second top-flight victory at home this season. However, Dyche, who worked with Trippier at Burnley, had his former player in his thoughts when analysing McNeil’s opening goal after the game.

Everton 3-0 Newcastle: Dwight McNeil, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Beto lift  Toffees out of Premier League relegation zone - TNT Sports

“We were very good first half,” he told Amazon Prime Video Sport. “Chance creation wise and the quality of some of the chances. It’s a human thing, isn’t it? You think, ‘Not again. Surely?!’

“It comes from a mistake, an unfortunate mistake from Tripps, who is a top player and a person I have a lot of respect for, but we capitalised on it. Dwight takes it, he drives in, and true conviction in his finish.”

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