Sean Dyche makes bizarre Newcastle United fan claim after Everton defeat

Sean Dyche claimed that Newcastle United fans were “absolutely hammering” a number of their team’s players a year ago.

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Dyche was speaking after Everton’s 4-1 defeat at Goodison Park last night.

Callum Wilson scored two, and Joelinton and Jacob Murphy were also on target, in a convincing victory for Eddie Howe’s third-placed team.

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Just over a year ago, Newcastle were fighting to stay to stay in the Premier League under Howe, who had succeeded Steve Bruce as head coach in November 2021 following a winless start to the season.

And Dyche, making a point about his team’s “journey”, made a claim about the treatment of “five or six” United players last season, when he was the manager of Burnley.

“There were five or six of their players getting absolutely hammered off their fans a year ago, absolutely hammered,” said Everton’s manager, who succeeded Frank Lampard in the role.

“Now they’re not. So they’re earned the right, and they’ve done that through work, through intent, through doing the hard yards. I said to the players ‘thats the journey we’re on’.”

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The result left Everton 19th in the Premier League, and two points adrift of safety, with five games left to play.

"We took the game on, and I thought in the first half we had been as strong as we have been,” said Dyche. "We went under too easily after the second goal. You can’t (do that) against good sides like Newcastle.

"We’re not finding the big moments in the final third. It’s still a work in progress.

“Wilson whacks one in the corner, no thought. They’re just playing with freedom, and we need to find that freedom.”

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