Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has remarked upon the flat atmosphere Everton played in on Sunday.
Goodison Park was quiet as Everton limply fell to a 1-0 defeat against Everton on Sunday afternoon.
The visitors dominated the ball and were good value for their win. In the meantime, the Everton fans were given nothing to get excited about by Sean Dyche’s side who only had 26% of possession and managed just one shot on target.
The Merseyside crowd are known for being vocal and making Goodison Park a difficult place for opponents to play. However, the mood at the club is currently so low, it seems to have sucked much of the life out of the stadium.
Everton need to find a way of reigniting their home fans. A rocking and raucous Goodison Park will go a long way towards helping Dyche’s side get the wins they will need to secure their Premier League survival this season.
Neville has say on Everton’s home woes
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville noted the low energy in the stadium on Sunday. Speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast, he said, “this is a wonderful ground…Now, it’s dreary, the football is dreary, they are living off scraps. What are the Everton fans coming to the game looking forward to?”
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“They’ll have easier games and we’ll find out about whether they’ll stay up but they’re hanging on by the skin of their teeth in every sense. You’re looking for signs about whether they can actually impress and improve…They’ve got to keep their players fit otherwise they’re going to have big problems.”
Signs of improvements can’t come soon enough for the Toffees. Their next three Premier League fixtures will see them take on Brentford, Luton Town, and Bournemouth. The latter two of those matches will both be played at Goodison Park.
Everton must produce better performances and pick up some points in this run or the atmosphere at the club may well become truly toxic. The pressure will already be growing on Dyche to inspire a far more clinical performance from his side, but the current problems at Everton almost certainly extend beyond even the manager’s sphere of influence.
Time will tell if Dyche is the man who can turn things around for the ailing club.