What The Papers Say - 9 February

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Sean Dyche has discussed the incident which saw him pick up a one-match touchline suspension ahead of Everton's trip to face Manchester City on Saturday.

The Blues manager was booked for his appeals against the decision not to award a foul on Beto against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

Speaking in Thursday’s pre-match press conference and quoted by the Liverpool World, Dyche said: “The first [foul on Beto] was the non-penalty, and everyone knows we haven't had one, and then the second was the foul outside of the box on Beto, which I thought was worse, to be honest.

“And I've seen the one that go against us, and I don't know what type of contact is contact anymore. Beto is clearly pushed off the ball the other day, and no penalty.

“In terms of the technical area, ours is very tiny, one yard and you're in the other dugout and then you see these managers running up and down the touchline, and no booking, so I don't know what the rules are anymore.”

Elsewhere, Everton Assistant Manager Ian Woan has been speaking about how impressed he’s been with Blues midfielder James Garner.

In an interview with The Athletic, Woan said: “Jimmy Garner has been incredible because we have used him in every position possible.

“He just gets the job done and has got a narky edge that I love. He’s matured into a really good Premier League footballer.”

Lastly, former Everton captain Phil Jagielka has discussed the progression of Toffees centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite.

“With how well the defence has done up to this point – it’s easy to talk about Jarrad,” said Jagielka, speaking to Ladbrokes Fanzone and quoted by the Liverpool ECHO.

“He had a fantastic season out at PSV. He grew so much out there, in stature, in confidence and into a young man. And since he’s come back, he’s slotted straight in and actually looks like he’s playing his sixth or seventh season at the back for the Club.

“I think it helps, obviously, that he’s played alongside (James) Tarkowski, and (Vitalii) Mykolenko has had a good season too. Jarrad has done very well this season, and the last-minute equaliser against Tottenham obviously helps.

“I speak to a lot of the fans and obviously they’re raving about him. A lot speak to me as a fellow centre-back, and yeah, he’s been great up to this point."