Sean Dyche has called for his Everton players to remain grounded in the wake of Monday’s sensational win at Brighton and reiterated that “everything is not solved” with work still to be done to secure Premier League survival.
The mood in the camp is inevitably on a high following Monday night’s stunning 5-1 victory over the Seagulls.
That was the first time Everton had scored five goals away from home since Boxing Day 2018, while it was also the first time they’d led by three goals at half-time on the road since the 3-0 success against Stoke back in 2016.
Most importantly, though, the win saw the Blues climb out of the bottom three and two points clear of the relegation zone.
With just three Premier League fixtures remaining, that win could prove crucial to Everton’s survival mission. Yet, Dyche has reiterated that it’s in these positive moments that the team must remain grounded and maintain their focus – especially with safety not yet secured.
“It’s an old-fashioned saying but it’s important to have all noses pointing in the right direction,” Dyche told evertonfc.com.
“Inevitably, there will be ups and downs and it’s about how you deal with them. Over the years, I’ve found handling success can be a more powerful thing than handling failure because, in my view, you’re handling failure because you have to do better.
“If you want to be in any profession, you have to work through the knocks if you really want to get to where you want to be.
“But what about successes? How are you handling them? I’ve spoken to the players about not getting too carried away. We beat Arsenal in our first game and then I was quick to mention it was a step — and there are lots of steps to go.”
Dyche elaborates further: “That doesn’t mean to say I don’t enjoy it, but it’s a season’s worth of work, not just one game. I’ve been trying to moderate that feeling. When I walked in here the thing that hit me instantly was a big result, big everything; tough result, low everything. That needed to change in-house.
“Our fans, who have been brilliant, can absolutely react like that — but the in-house feel here, the environment we work in, and the flow had to get more level and more consistent in our daily work and thinking.
“We’ve spoken to the players and staff about it. It’s important to handle good times in terms of not thinking everything is solved and right and proper.
“When I talk about seeing through the noise, that maybe implies when things aren’t going right but it very much applies to when things are going right as well.”
"I was really pleased with the attitude and mentality to take this game on."— Everton (@Everton) May 8, 2023
Sean Dyche reflects on tonight's emphatic win and what it means going forward. #BHAEVE pic.twitter.com/Byan39pgwe
After conquering a high-flying Brighton side earlier this week, another tough assignment awaits as the Blues welcome champions Manchester City to Goodison Park on Sunday (2pm kick-off BST).
Pep Guardiola’s men sit top of the Premier League table and will arrive on Merseyside in fine form having not tasted defeat in 21 matches across all competitions.
Looking ahead to that clash, Dyche accepted it will be a tough assignment but called on his players to embrace the challenge.
“The message will be simple; just take it on,” he said. “It’s a big challenge obviously. I’m sure the Evertonians will back us as they do, it’ll be a really good atmosphere for us to go and play in.
“But it’s about taking it on with the mentality we showed at Brighton. All the details have got to be right against Manchester City. You might need them to have a soft one, and your key players play well, all of them things go in the melting pot.
"Yet, it’s still about us taking the game on.”
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