Dyche Reveals Key Factors To Go Forward

Sean Dyche says the support from Everton fans, along with the consistency shown from his players, have been key factors in the Toffees’ strong finish to the Premier League season.

The Blues earned a 1-0 win over Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon – Everton's final home game of the 2023/24 campaign.

Another clean sheet in a well-deserved victory sees Dyche's side equal the Club’s Premier League record of five consecutive home victories without conceding a goal.

The players took of lap of appreciation after the final whistle to thank the Evertonian faithful for their incredible support throughout the season, and Dyche, speaking on the occasion after the game, told evertontv: “It’s fantastic, and for the fans, obviously.

"It’s nice for the players. It’s been a stressful season – some really big highs and some really tough lows. We got there and, in the end, we looked after ourselves and we did it well.

“It was a strange game today, a strange feeling, but another 1-0 victory, of course, and another clean sheet.”

Abdoulaye Doucoure headed home the winner on a sunny afternoon at Goodison Park, notching his seventh league goal of the campaign.

At the other end, the Blues’ defence played their part to keep a 13th clean sheet of the season. The Toffees have denied the opposition in 85% of their Premier League wins this season, the highest share in the division.

Everton’s recent home form represents a significant improvement from the opening months of the term, when, despite often dominating matches, the Blues fell to defeat in their first four outings at Goodison.

The fans have played an important role, says Dyche, who also believes consistency in performances and attitude has been a crucial component in the Blues’ results of late.

“[It’s] payback over a season,” he explained. “If you keep doing the right things, it does pay you back and we found a way. We’ve had to find different ways and we’ve had to operate in different ways, and we have found a way in a very tough season; very challenging.

“I’ve been pleased with our consistency. I use that word a lot, but we’ve been consistent. My messages have been consistent, my staff’s messages to the group have been consistent, and also to the fans.

“We’ve found that link and we’ve kept it. Even when it’s been stretched, we’ve kept it together. The fans deserve credit for that, as well.”

A trip to the Emirates Stadium to take on title-chasing Arsenal follows for Everton, with just one game of the season remaining.

Looking ahead to that encounter, and the work required during the summer, Dyche added: “It’s a big levelling-off period for this club – on and off the pitch.

“There’s more to come, more to do.

"A lot of good work done over the season. The bar for next season is making sure we safeguard this club in the Premier League. It's not going to be fixed overnight. There is a long way to go. I'm trying to do that."