Not long ago, Goodison Park was shrouded in despair as Everton faced a 10-point deduction, plunging to the bottom of the Premier League. Outraged fans threatened retaliation against football authorities.
However, the team rallied, worked hard, and swiftly climbed out of the relegation zone. They achieved this feat with a 3-0 win over Newcastle, bringing smiles all around.
Dwight McNeil showcased his strong rapport with Sean Dyche, marking his 200th club appearance with his 16th goal, 14 of which were under Dyche at Everton or Burnley.
Under Dyche’s tenure, Abdoulaye Doucouré displayed his best form in an Everton jersey, scoring 10 goals in 30 appearances. His previous 69 games, managed by four different coaches, yielded just four goals. Additionally, summer signing Beto broke his Premier League goal drought, capping off a 30-pass sequence against Newcastle, a feat only surpassed by Manchester City in the league this season (3).
Newcastle has been defeated, but now Everton faces the challenge of Chelsea. London teams have found success at Goodison Park lately, winning their last three away games against Everton. The last time Everton lost four consecutive home games against capital sides was in April 1993.
While Mauricio Pochettino’s team has had positives this season, setbacks often follow. A strong win against Brighton at home was followed by a defeat to Manchester United on the road, raising concerns, especially considering the manner of the loss.