May 18, 2024

Sean Dyche has been left baffled by the fact that Everton haven’t been handed a single penalty in the Premier League this season.

His quotes from his pre-match press conference are featured on page three of Mirror Football’s print edition on Saturday (13 January), where he said it’s “peculiar” that the Toffees haven’t been awarded any spot kicks, highlighting that Amadou Onana should have been given a penalty against Tottenham.

He admitted that it’s “quite alarming” when you see how many penalties are given for “tiny touches”, adding that the Blues will have to see if it “balances up” in the second half of the season.


“If you get to this stage of a season and you’ve not had a penalty, that’s peculiar,” said Dyche. “Some that went against us can be debated. The one on Onana at Tottenham almost got brushed away like it was nothing. If you are going to start freeze-framing everything, you can freeze-frame that and see it’s a penalty.

“It is quite alarming when you see how many penalties are given for tiny touches which we can’t work out sometimes. Some people see it as the ‘modern game’ but I find it alarming how many penalties are given for almost nothing.

“You have grown men who are incredibly agile, super balanced, fit and strong and yet seemingly a touch on the foot and they go down. If you were walking down the street you wouldn’t do it.

“That said, if that is the rule across the board then it goes against the stats that we haven’t had a penalty. We will have to see if it balances up in the second half of the season.”

No luck

It’s pretty clear that Everton really haven’t had the rub of the green when it’s come down to potentially debatable decisions in matches so far this season.

Given that penalties are awarded for very little in the modern game, particularly this season, it’s a surprise that they haven’t been given any.

The Toffees have, however, had several poor decisions go against them that just don’t stack up and they’ll be hoping their luck changes in the second half of the campaign.



Dyche’s main focus will be on getting his side back to winning ways after they suffered a minor blip over the festive period having previously been in good form.

The Blues head into the game against Aston Villa on Sunday (14 January) level on points with Luton Town in the relegation zone and they’ll be keen to open a gap back up.


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