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Dyche still demanding ´the hard yards´ from Everton despite Premier League safety

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 2 May 2024

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Sean Dyche claimed putting in “the hard yards” is what ultimately got Everton over the line when it came to securing their Premier League status.

Everton beat Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and Brentford in the space of six days in April to ensure their place in the top flight for another season.

That is despite two separate points deductions, worth eight points overall, having been dished their way this season. Everton are set to appeal the second decision at some point in May.

Last week’s 1-0 win over Brentford saw Dyche’s team move 11 points clear of 18th-placed Luton Town, meaning Friday’s game against the Hatters no longer has so much riding on it for the Toffees, though Dyche will not let the hard work stop.

“I took over midway through so it is a bit different to last season. You try to re-model a group that’s already been modelled, which is a challenge,” Dyche told reporters.

“This season I think the biggest part of the success overall has been pockets of all different reasons. It is the work, work of the team I think we have got back to.

“We may lose it so much due to good performances when we were not winning but the hard yards as I call it, just doing the graft. The organisation, the will, the thirst and desire to work, to really work.

“I feel we still have good quality players here but it has to have a base to work from. You have to have a tactical understanding, you have to work, you have to do the hard yards, you have to cover the ground.

“Stats show for 60 minutes the ball is in play, if you’re a player you’re probably going to have it for one minute so what are you doing for the rest of it, for the other 59 minutes? You better be working because that’s what the modern game demands.”

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Luton Town – Ross Barkley

Barkley – who made 150 league appearances for Everton between 2011 and 2017 – has scored just one goal in 10 Premier League games against sides he has previously played for in the competition. However, that strike did come in a match at Kenilworth Road this season, a 3-2 defeat to Chelsea.

Everton – Idrissa Gueye

Gueye played a crucial role in Everton’s survival, scoring in the matches against Forest and Brentford. The former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder has netted three times this season, and the Toffees will be hoping to tie him down to a new contract.

MATCH PREDICTION: DRAW

Everton are winless in nine away Premier League games (D3 L6) since beating Burnley 2-0 in December. Indeed, while five of the Toffees’ first eight league wins this season came away from home, each of their last four have all been at Goodison Park.

Luton have beaten Everton twice this season, once in the league and once in the cup, with both of those 2-1 wins coming at Goodison Park.

The Hatters have won just one of their last 14 Premier League games (D3 L10), with no side picking up fewer points than the Hatters since the start of this run (six). Despite this, they have only failed to score in one of their last 23 league games, a 2-0 defeat at league leaders Arsenal last month.

This is Everton’s first away match against Luton since a 1-0 win in the League Cup in October 2007, with Tim Cahill netting an extra-time winner. Their last league visit to Kenilworth Road also ended in a 1-0 victory back in November 1991 thanks to a Robert Warzycha goal.

OPTA WIN PROBABILITY

Luton Town – 36.7%

Everton – 34.6%

Draw – 28.7%

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