Dyche must bottle the battling mentality of Everton players for rest of season

After a fine away win at Nottingham Forest Everton have now claimed four victories on the road so far this season.
Nottingham Forest v Everton FC - Premier League
Nottingham Forest v Everton FC - Premier League / Eddie Keogh/GettyImages

The nature of the Blues performance and the latest away win underlined again the strong battling qualities that Sean Dyche has installed in his side.

Under the former Burnley man the team has become a much more organised and disciplined unit than they were under most of his predecessors during the Farhad Moshiri era.

In particular the contrast between the side now and the one that so often crumbled under both Frank Lampard and Rafa Benitez, is stark.

Under these men it was almost a given that the Toffees would fold abjectly once they had gone behind and that a single goal was usually enough to see off those teams.

Keeping their shape and proving more resistant defensively have become the trademark of this Everton team.

I have in the past been critical of what sometimes seemed an overly cautious appraoch but given where the club is now it is probably the best way to go.

Against Forest on Saturday this was seen once more as the Blues proved hard to break down while always offering a threat in attack.

So, how can the manager find a way to maintain this level of intensity and replicate it consistently, especially at home where performances and results have been much less satisfactory.

At Goodison Park the Toffees have lost four times so far in the campaign and only gained three points on one occasion when they beat Bournemouth 3-0.

Time and again while Everton have produced soild efforts on their travels, they haven't been able to replicate this at home.

Although this was another encouraging road trip, the Blues surely have to find a way to reproduce their road form at the Grand Old Lady if they are to pull away from the releghation zone in which they find themselves once more entagled.