Out of the five fixtures since Sean Dyche was appointed as Everton’s new manager, two have come away from home, both ending in defeats with a total of six goals conceded, with none in reply. However, those games were at Anfield and the Emirates respectively, so the Everton boss has already faced two of the most challenging away ties already in his fledging Goodison Park tenure.

As a result, Dyche has now stated that his side ‘have to’ take their home mentality to away games if they are to be successful in their efforts to avoid relegation, insisting that it is ‘not a new thing’ at Everton Football Club.

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The Toffees were thumped 4-0 away at Arsenal last night as the Gunners got their revenge following Everton’s 1-0 win at Goodison Park last month. Indeed, the Blues have taken just seven points on the road so far this season, with a solitary victory away from home at the expense of Southampton last October.

There could still be time for Dyche to turn Everton around

Nonetheless, Dyche believes that if his side can adopt their home mentality when away from home, results could improve. Speaking to the Liverpool Echo following the defeat to Arsenal, the Everton manager stated:

“You have to bring the home mentality to away games. It’s been there a while [away difficulties], it’s not a new thing. “Someone has to start the process. The fans have been great, they came here again in numbers.”

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Everton have struggled away from Goodison Park for a number of years now, and won just two Premier League games on the road during the 2021/22 season, when the Blues avoided relegation by a mere four points.

With a vital fixture at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground this Sunday afternoon, it would be an opportune time for Everton to adopt Dyche’s requested mentality change, as the Blues can go within a point of this weekend’s opponents with a win and be 3 points closer to Premier League safety.

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