Sean Dyche has shared what he wants Everton to change when it comes to away games ahead of Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace.
Everton have won only one away Premier League fixture so far this season and have had a poor record on the road for a number of seasons.
Now Dyche speaking at his press conference on Everton’s official YouTube channel, insists that the mentality has to change within the squad in approaching away fixtures if the club are to see progress in results away from Goodison Park.
The blues boss said: “I walked into a situation where the record hasn’t been great for a couple of seasons. Generally speaking it’s a mental shift. There are some tactics, but it’s the mentality for me. You can’t just wait for some magic dust to make it change. We have to go out and make it change.”
The Everton manager continued: “There’s many things we attempt to do with training plans, eating plans, beds. You can try everything. Travel before the game, two days before the game, but at the end of the day the planning has to be right once the whistle has gone.”
Poor Everton mentality was ingrained long before Dyche appointment
Everton’s solitary victory on the road this season came back in October in a 2-1 win at Southampton, who currently prop up the Premier League table.
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Without doubt, Dyche is correct in his assertion that there needs to be a change in mentality when playing at away grounds, especially given the club’s precarious league position.
There may not be a quick fix, but Dyche must find something with just seven games remaining this season, as four of them are away from Goodison Park.
Saturday’s fixture will be a tough test for the Blues with Palace on the back of three consecutive wins, but Everton must atone for their dismal home display against Fulham last week.