Everton manager Sean Dyche commended Idrissa Gueye for his “sublime finish” that secured a thrilling 3-2 victory against Crystal Palace, writes the LiverpoolEcho. Gueye, coming off the bench, marked his return to the club with a late goal, showcasing his skill and professionalism.
Dyche explained Gueye’s absence from the starting lineup, stating, “I know what a good player he is. He was unfortunate not to start, but I think Ama had earned the right with his form in the performances before that and then coming out for just one game.” The Blues boss emphasized the tactical decision, highlighting the need for rotation due to Amadou Onana’s return to fitness.
Despite Gueye’s limited playing time, Dyche praised his professionalism, noting, “The way he’s gone about it today, it’s a brilliant bit of play and a fantastic touch. With the details and the nuances of football, fans sometimes don’t see the touch across the defender, but it’s a fantastic touch in a tight area of the box, and the finish is sublime.”
Dyche also lauded the contributions of other goalscorers, Vitalii Mykolenko and Abdoulaye Doucoure. Regarding Mykolenko, Dyche remarked, “I think Vitalii is beginning to mature into himself really as a player in his Everton career. It’s a fantastic header, and he’s nearly got a brace with a lovely strike which was a controlled effort at goal.” He acknowledged Doucoure’s consistent goal-scoring prowess, describing him as “Johnny on the spot.”
Reflecting on the overall performance, Dyche acknowledged that the team didn’t play as well but highlighted the importance of finding ways to win. He stated, “I know from my years in the Premier League, you’ve got to find ways of winning, it can’t all be beautiful all the time, you’ve got to find ways of getting results and points on the board, and we’ve done that here and last week against Brighton.”
The dramatic victory at Selhurst Park showcased Everton’s resilience and ability to secure crucial points, earning praise from Dyche for their capacity to grind out results even on challenging days.