Burnley manager Sean Dyche has offered his views on Everton’s style of play during his side’s 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park on Boxing Day.
Well, the Clarets looked to be on their way to a point on Merseyside in what was Carlo Ancelotti’s first match in charge of the Toffees, before a mistake on the left wing by Dwight McNeil eventually saw Dominic Calvert-Lewin head home from Djibril Sidibe’s cross 10 minutes from time.
That would have been frustrating for Dyche, whose side did well to keep their opponents quiet up until that point, as he explains below.
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The 48-year-old told burnleyfootballclub.com: “There wasn’t a lot in it and I’m pleased in that sense. They’ve spent a lot of money and after a top-class manager walks in the building, you would expect a reaction.
“They ended up playing in front of us methodically and quite slow, and that was a part of the plan.
“At half time we thought we could progress more, which we did, and I thought we took the game on in the second half.
“They went a lot longer and I thought our two centre halves were excellent.”
Of course, the experienced Italian barely had any time to work with his players ahead of this clash having only started work on Monday, but there were early signs of him stamping his authority on this team.
Using Lucas Digne and Djibril Sidibe as wing-backs with Seamus Coleman sitting in as a makeshift third centre-back at times during the game was one of the tactics that stood out from the 60-year-old.
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The one thing that Ancelotti will be disappointed with from Dyche’s comments is that they were too slow in their build-up, and seemingly were unable to find those decisive passes through a compacted team.
That is something the former Napoli boss will need to improve upon if Everton are going to beat the likes of Burnley at home consistently in the future, as well as the fact that going long may not always work against certain opponents either – as the Clarets manager mentioned with his central defenders dealing comfortably with what was thrown at them.
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