Dyche tells Everton players to ‘make things happen’ rather than relying on ‘luck’ in relegation battle
Everton manager Sean Dyche stressed his players have to handle the high stakes which come with playing for the club.
A 4-1 defeat at home to Newcastle means they head into Monday’s relegation six-pointer at Leicester, one point above them in 18th, having to win if they are to stand any realistic chance of extending their 69-year stay in the top flight.
It is a huge occasion which is likely to have a massive bearing on the futures of both clubs, and having seen his side crumble in the second half at home to the high-flying Magpies Dyche wants his players to understand just what the implications are.
“The stakes have been high since I got here,” said the Toffees boss, without a win in 10 matches.
“The stakes should be high, by the way. A club like Everton, the stakes should be high. That’s what the players need to remember. They need to be high at this football club.
“If we go down there, take on the game and win, then it creates a different atmosphere and the belief floods back in very quickly. It’s strange how quickly it can turn around.
“The key point is you making it happen, I can’t emphasise that enough. I say it to the players constantly – you make things happen in football.
“Now and again you get a lucky one but even that doesn’t really build belief. The ones that build belief are when you take it on, then deliver and get a result.”
On the run-in, Dyche added: “My mindset is always to take it on. That’s been the thing I learned as a player. Big games, smaller games… your standards and consistency are the key. We’ve been trying to achieve that.
“It is fair to say the thing that gets in the way of that is quite obviously the feel of what is going on. The tightness if you’re not doing as well and the openness and freedom if you are doing well… these are the things that are affected.
“The next one will be a case of saying, ‘Right, lads, a lot of the basic principles of what we’re doing are correct but the details are massively important’… Every detail counts, every hard yard has to be done, every time you go in the box you have to believe you are going to score a goal and they’re the things that add in the detail to get you wins.”
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