Everton's Crucial Restart: 1-0 Win Boosts Club Belief
|Dwight McNeil of Everton challenges Serge Aurier of Nottingham Forest during the Premier League match between Nottingham Forest and Everton FC at City Ground on December 02, 2023 in Nottingham, England. (Image-Getty)
After enduring a 10-point deduction, Everton's 1-0 Premier League victory against Nottingham Forest served as a crucial "re-start," instilling renewed belief in the club, according to manager Sean Dyche on Saturday.
This triumph marked Everton's first win since the deduction, a consequence of breaching the league's profitability and sustainability rules for the 2021-22 season. Despite filing an appeal against the deduction, Dyche emphasized the team's focus on moving forward.
"It's like another re-start. What do you do until there's more news?" Dyche stated to reporters, acknowledging the uncertainty surrounding the appeal. He revealed that the players were aware of the situation and expressed readiness to face the challenges ahead.
Acknowledging the positive impact of the win, Dyche highlighted its significance in boosting morale among fans, players, and the overall team. He noted the ongoing necessity for the team to concentrate on their performance while awaiting the appeal outcome.
"Because they still have to look at the league table at some point and still have to wait and see what an appeal will bring. So in the meantime, we have to get on with business," Dyche added.
Currently positioned 18th in the table with seven points from 14 matches, Everton strives to climb out of the bottom-three relegation zone. Dyche addressed the perceptions that having points deducted might be advantageous, stating, "People are suggesting it's a good time to have 10 points taken. Well, if they are, I'll tell you what, I'll do a deal. I'll have their 10 points, they can have the ones that we got taken off, and let's see where we all end up."