'Bizarre' we didn't score more, says Everton boss

  • by Staff Writer
  • Saturday, 2nd March 2024

Everton boss Sean Dyche was understandably frustrated when assessing his team's performance in the wake of this afternoon's 3-1 defeat at home to West Ham.

Although his side engineered 22 shots at West Ham's goal, 11 of which were on target plus a penalty [brilliantly saved by Man of the Match, Alphonse Areola), they failed to make the most of the opportunites presented to them by scoring just once to take the lead early in the second half.

And Everton - who remain without a win in the Premier League since mid-December - ultimately paid for their proflicagy when being undone by two sucker punches in added-on time from West Ham, with Tomas Soucek and Edson Alvarez on target.

"I've mentioned the chances we've been creating, the mentality to keep doing that," said Dyche. "We've done it again today and we don't win the game. That's our responsibility. I can't keep talking about creating chances. You've got to score goals, you've got to score more than one when you're doing that kind of work.

"I'm looking at the talent we've got, I'm looking at the quality we've got and it just seems that odd thing where how we're not scoring more goals is just bizarre. Today, one-nil up, you've got to go and score the second. After that, it's a long way back for any team in the Premier League."

As for striker Beto, who scored but crucially also missed Everton's penalty on the stroke of half-time, Dyche added: "Everyone takes penalties. We keep a record of it and his is good. I only took him off because he was fatigued."

Reflecting on the goals - and Areola's penalty save that led to another disappointing afternoon for the Toffees, Dyche was mindful not to be severe in his assessment of key individual errors.

"It's not like us, to be fair," he said. "I don't want to be too critical of the defensive side of this team because we know the facts and stats and it isn't like us. You get a bit of a melee [from James Ward Prowse's corner] and their lad [Kurt Zouma] gets there quicker.

"The second one [by Soucek] was a good finish... you know, their goalie [Areola] described himself as 'having a worldy' - there are too many like that. We've had too many and it's our job to make them not have a worldy! That's what I tell the players.

"'The 'keeper had a worldy'? no, none of that. Make sure they don't have a worldy! Make sure you put it [the match] in a position where they can't have a worldy. That's our responsibility."

And if that wasn't enough to spoil his Saturday night, Dyche had further cause for complaint when he accused match referee Craig Pawson of failing to award Everton a SECOND penalty.

"We could've had another one - a push in the box," he insisted. "I don't know whether there were two hands in the back but we'll take one, that's a start point."

You may watch Dyche's full post-match press conference below.

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