It’s only been a week since former Burnley manager Sean Dyche took over at Goodison Park but already you can see the positive difference in the side.
His first real test has gone according to plan so far, drawing 0-0 at half-time with table-topping Arsenal.
Dyche opted for a 4-5-1 low block instead of his usual 4-4-2 which proved very effective at his former club.
Quick note on #Dysche's debut: Everton are in a very tight 451 formation, the distances between each other are small, the area between the lines is almost non-existent, so they want to force Arsenal into a U-shaped ball. #pl #PremierLeague pic.twitter.com/FRj436yxhB— Bálint Békési (@Bekesiii23) February 4, 2023
Everton have had their fair share of chances this half knowing that possession would be limited.
Feel sorry for the other teams that have to play Everton under dyche— Alex (@Alex_AFC14) February 4, 2023
Twitter has been reacting to the first half already, describing Everton as ‘stubborn’ and ‘hard to break down’.
It's only 45 minutes but Sean Dyche's plan is getting CLEAR.— 𝖥𝗈𝗈𝗍𝖾𝗋𝖺𝗍𝗂 (@Footerati) February 4, 2023
Just feel if DCL can slide in a toe or head better then Everton will SURPRISE Arsenal.
They're playing against league leaders.They are impressing.
Calvert Lewin had a clear header right before the half-time whistle but just whiskered it wide.
The second half should be interesting, Arsenal will control possession while Everton counterattack with the low block.
Positive first half and a relief to Everton fans to see a bit of fightback in the team which they have been missing for a while.