Dion Dublin has defended Sean Dyche after Everton’s 4-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

Speaking on Optus Sport’s The Weekend Wrap, the former striker has claimed that their horrific performance was nothing to do with the Toffees boss and was instead down to ‘bad footballing decisions’.

Dyche led Everton into his first full campaign at the club as they were narrowly beaten by Fulham earlier this month, though there were plenty of positives to take from a rather unlucky result.

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However, Everton were abysmal at Villa Park at the weekend and looked far from capable of retaining their Premier League status for a further year come May.

Following a quality opener from John McGinn, each of Villa’s following three goals were caused by mistakes from Everton players, including a penalty given away by Jordan Pickford.

While many are convinced that Everton could well be relegated this season, Dyche has avoided most of the criticism and it is the players that have instead taken a grilling.

“That’s nothing to do with Sean Dyche,” Dublin said. “That’s just bad footballing decisions, silly mistakes and not taking responsibility.

“The players that play for Everton are so much better than that but we’re not seeing it.”

Everton could be in huge trouble – but is Sean Dyche?

Everton’s lack of transfer business and troubling injury list has led them to start the season with a lacklustre line-up, with Alex Iwobi and James Garner taking to the wings in the absence of decent attacking options.

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That certainly isn’t a good enough excuse for the team to put on such a disappointing performance like they did at the weekend though. The players looked like they had forgotten the basics.

The Toffees could be in huge trouble this season, though Dyche isn’t the one to blame as of yet.

The Merseyside outfit are only two games in and are already facing back-to-back six pointers as they take on Wolves and Sheffield United in next couple of weeks. Lose those and the pressure will be unbearable for the squad.

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