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Sean Dyche stated that Everton’s victory of 1-0 against Nottingham Forest has provided a significant boost for the club and its supporters, following their penalty of 10 points for violating financial regulations in the Premier League.
Dwight McNeil scored the sole goal in the second half at the City Ground. He slammed in his first goal of the season after receiving a far-post cross from Jack Harrison.
The goal secured a win for Everton in their second game following their penalty, and came just a day after they filed an official appeal regarding its harshness.
According to Dyche, the players were approached and they were all willing to accept the challenge, which they have successfully done thus far.
“I am extremely happy to achieve our first victory after receiving that news. It instills confidence in the fans, team, and players, as we still have to consider our position in the league table.”
“We must continue to wait and see the outcome of the appeal, so for now, we must continue to focus on our business operations.”
Everton’s third win in five league games lifted them to within two points of safety, having started the evening kick-off in bottom place after Burnley’s win against Sheffield United.
Dyche also mentioned that many are recommending that now is a favorable moment to have 10 points deducted.
“If that is the case, I propose making a deal. We will keep our 10 points and they can have the ones that were taken away from us. Let’s see how things turn out for both of us.”
I believe it’s not as straightforward as that, but our main focus should be on not getting caught up in various speculations, narratives, and distractions. Instead, we should concentrate on the part that we have power over – our performances.
The Forest team has recently lost three consecutive league matches and suffered two losses in a row at home, causing increased stress for manager Steve Cooper.
In their recent 10 league matches, his team has only won one game. However, they came close to scoring with substitute Felipe’s shot hitting the post in the second half and they also had multiple other opportunities.
Cooper remarked that the team had one opportunity and they utilized it effectively. However, the other chances they had were not executed with enough skill to result in goals at this level.
Cooper believed that his team had a strong argument for a penalty when Ryan Yates fell after being challenged by Abdoulaye Doucoure during a corner kick, which then resulted in Felipe’s attempt.
“The disparity in penalty decision-making between Doucoure on Yates and the one given against us last week is another noteworthy topic of discussion,” he stated.
I will not hide behind the outcome-based decision, as I did not do so last week. However, if last week’s decision was considered a penalty, then today’s decision should also be considered one.
“We have had two highly experienced referees in the past two games and they were not consistent in those particular moments.”