By George Overhill

5th Feb, 2023 | 9:10pm

Ian Wright hails Sean Dyche in reaction to shock Arsenal loss at Everton

Ian Wright admits Everton deserved to beat league-leaders Arsenal in Sean Dyche’s first game in charge, and credited the new manager.

The Toffees produced a hugely-improved display to down Mikel Arteta’s title-chasers at Goodison Park on Saturday (4 February) to, briefly at least, lift them out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win.

A vintage Dyche game plan saw his old Burnley charges Dwight McNeil and James Tarkowski combine for the only goal of the game, and Wright held his hands up afterwards in accepting the right team won.

The former Gunners star posted on Twitter after the result: “Everton deserve that. We have to learn from it and move on. Top of the league, everyone is going to be up for playing us.

“Half chances key in these types of games. Lots for the team to take away from that defeat. We go again, boys! Give Sean Dyche his flowers.”

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Dyche has got off to the best start possible on the pitch, even as everything off the pitch has been very much the opposite recently.

He has proven to his team and the supporters that there is fight left in this side, and if they can beat the best in the league they can clearly beat anyone else.

A new manager bounce is always hoped for and the former Clarets boss has brought that, with the real challenge coming after a few games when it has worn off.

There were some positive signs early in the season even under Frank Lampard, so if Dyche can turn his demoralised players into battlers after just a few training sessions then there is every chance he keeps the club up.

It is only one result but it had the hallmarks of the new manager, so fans will have to hope it is a winning tactical formula rather than just a morale boost in front of the Goodison crowd.

The home support was crucial a year ago under Lampard, but under the former Chelsea man in recent months even that couldn’t help inspire a win.

It all looked so different this weekend, and while it is only a start it was a highly encouraging one.