Everton manager Sean Dyche lauded his side following their 5-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion today.
Everton thrashed the Seagulls to move clear of the relegation zone as Leicester City lost to Fulham in another goal-laden encounter.
Dwight McNeil was the star of the show. The winger scored twice, assisted Abdoulaye Doucoure and forced an own goal from Jason Steele.
The Toffees took a 3-0 lead into the half-time break for the first time in seven years. They came out and withstood Brighton’s pressure to claim an emphatic win.
Dyche said (via Everton’s official website): “That was the most pleasing thing because we didn’t wait for anything to happen.
“We stepped on them immediately and broke through their tactical plan, which we suggested we might be able to do.
“And then, we found a key moment. In other games, we’ve been frustrated by the lack of those moments and the lack of clarity, but tonight, it was a different ball game.
“I must say, I thought at Leicester, there were clear signs of what we’re trying to achieve. I spoke to the players and said ‘Right, it’s not just about parking that and moving forward’.
“‘Now, we build on the back of that.’ So, I was really pleased with that – the attitude and mentality to take this game on.”
Dyche reserved special praise for Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. The England international made some vital saves to keep his side in it.
Roberto De Zerbi’s side fought hard to get back into the game but could not find a way past Pickford.
Dyche closed his press conference by thanking the 3,000 travelling Everton fans at the game on Monday evening.
The long trip was worth it as they watched their side score five away goals for the first time since 2018.