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Dyche's Demand For Villa Test

Sean Dyche has called on his Everton players to keep on showing “intent and desire” in their performances as they aim to build on Saturday’s hugely-impressive 3-1 win at Brentford.   

It had been a frustrating start to the campaign for the Blues ahead of this past weekend’s trip to the capital, with several imposing displays across their opening five Premier League matches returning only one point.   

Everton got their just reward on Saturday, though, scoring three goals, registering 18 shots, six on target, and limiting Thomas Frank’s side to just two efforts on goal.   

Up next are two games in four days with a trip to Aston Villa in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night (7.45pm BST) followed by a Premier League home clash against Luton Town on Saturday at Goodison Park (3pm BST).   

Ahead of those clashes, Dyche reinforced his players must keep showing the positive traits they have displayed in most of their contests so far this season.   

“We know we have to change the story, I must reiterate that, but we do it by performances,” Dyche told evertontv. “We know the Evertonians will support us and back us, but we have to keep doing what we did at Brentford, showing that intent and desire to win games.   

“Not just the quality, that whole body language, energy and belief in what we do to go and win games like we did on Saturday. We have got to keep doing that.”   


Dominic Calvert-Lewin came off the bench to bag Everton's third goal of the game in Saturday's win to get off the mark for the season.

The forward has been on the road to returning to full fitness after picking up an injury at Villa Park in last month's Premier League visit when he collided with goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez 10 minutes into the match.   

The 26-year-old England international was forced off the pitch with the subsequent facial injury sustained and made his return as a second-half substitute against Arsenal in Everton's most recent home game.

Calvert-Lewin will be in contention to feature again back at Villa Park on Wednesday night, and on the forward, Dyche said: "Ever since I have been in the Club there has been a constant story about Dom. It weighs heavily. We have managed to get him fit, and build him back into fitness. We know he is a very good player.  

"He came on nice and sharp on Saturday, we know he is still reinforcing his body and mentality to be totally Premier League fit, but it was another good sign on Saturday. He was sharp and I was pleased for him."