Sean Dyche accepted he believed Everton would have more than a single point from the opening five games of the season after the Blues fell to defeat against Arsenal.
Dyche revealed his frustration after a disappointing display that led to his side’s third home loss of the campaign.
He highlighted a lack of composure on the ball and the impact that had on the potential to break away during a game in which the visitors dominated possession.
His words came after Arsenal snatched a narrow 1-0 victory courtesy of Leandro Trossard’s second half goal.
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Dyche was clear that he believed Arsenal deserved their win and did not shy away from addressing some of the issues he thought were exposed by the Gunners. He praised the performances of players including Jarrad Branthwaite and Vitalii Mykolenko but expressed disappointment that a competent defensive display was not the foundation for better.
Asked for his thoughts on the performance, he said: “Defensively a shift was put in by the players and we were pretty effective on the defensive side of things, but on transition there were so many loose passes and that first pass is so important. There was wrong decision making so we never really got to grips with that side of things, or dealing with the ball.
“The idea of being brave on the ball, I don’t think it was there today, it has been more or less this season but not today. But I must say that is a very good side [Arsenal] I thought. Someone said they hadn’t started that well. They looked like a different outfit to me… and it is not just with the ball.
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