In just under three weeks’ time Everton play Bournemouth and it is a game that is getting bigger and bigger the closer it gets.
Sean Dyche’s side are winless after their opening five Premier League games and have lost all three of their matches at Goodison Park. A fixture list that presented the Blues with an opportunity to get an early foothold into this season is quickly coming towards its climax and the they have not exploited it.
There are concerns from the opening six weeks of the campaign and the performance at home to Arsenal was disappointing. Every game matters when a season is likely to be as precarious as Everton’s and there are three more before Bournemouth return to Goodison for the first time since that survival-clinching win on the final day of last season.
But there are a number of reasons why that fixture will be the one that should set the tone as the Blues head into winter.
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Dyche conceded he was frustrated at his team having just one point from the opening five league matches when he spoke after the loss to Arsenal. He said: “Our growth is still where we are, there is a reality. I spoke very clearly at the end of last season, nothing was solved, there is massive work to be done. I must say I thought we would have more points on the board by now because of the performance levels we have shown but the league doesn’t lie and that is that.”
Everton did enough against Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers to deserve something from those games. Both matches saw a host of chances wasted before late sucker punches. The display atRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk