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Sean Dyche has revealed his half-time message during Sunday’s game against Bournemouth.
A stunning second-half strike by Abdoulaye Doucoure fired Everton into a 1-0 lead; an advantage they held until the final whistle to secure Premier League safety.
Speaking to the BBC, and quoted by the Liverpool World, Dyche discussed his message to the players at the interval.
"I reminded the players of a good half, and that the main thing was getting bodies in the box with a purpose and meaning to score a goal,” said the Everton manager. “That’s been the main question mark since I got here, having the belief to score a goal.
"We’ve adapted, changed it, managed to get the stats a bit better, bodies in the box but there has got to be a belief in it.
“We didn't progress too much in the second half, but we found a magical moment. It was nervy after that and it’s difficult as a manager. You’ve done your stuff during the week with the players and when that happens in a game like this, you wait and see if they can deal with it in a game like this, and they did.”
Meanwhile, for the Liverpool ECHO, Joe Thomas writes on Dyche’s reaction to Everton’s crucial win.
The Blues manager spoke about the impact of injuries on the squad, while also praising the players and staff for their efforts.
“You've seen the squad today and that's as stretched as I've ever seen it,” Dyche admitted. "And do you know what, if we didn't get it done today no one would have cared. No one would have said: 'He's had nothing to work with'. They would have just said: 'He didn't get it done'. That's the life of a football manager, I understand that, so I'm pleased for that reason we got it done.
“We have found a way. The work during the week by staff has been terrific, the players' workload and belief in what we were doing – we had to change shape and personnel – so I've been really pleased with the players.”
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HIGHLIGHTS: EVERTON 1-0 BOURNEMOUTH
Analysing the Everton victory on Match Of The Day, Alan Shearer detailed the key factors to have helped Everton secure survival.
Quoted by the Liverpool World, the former Newcastle United and England striker said: “Dyche knows his way around, he knows how to set up and organise.
“He had to work on them defensively but had a capable goalkeeper. He made them work hard. He knew the attitude was there and when you have that, you’ve got a chance.”
Fellow-pundit Ian Wright also had his say, and he broke down the Everton goal, praising Doucoure on a “beautiful” strike.
“He’s just sort of detached himself from the defender,” Wright said, as he rewatched the goal.
“He’s got himself into a nice space but what is brilliant about this – because of the significance – is the way he’s focused and concentrated on making clean contact. And that’s as good as it gets.
“Beautiful. From here, look at his concentration. That’s the quality that he’s got. It’s a brilliant strike.”