Jeff Stelling drops Everton 'demons' reaction live on Sky Sports at final whistle of crucial Brentford victory
Jeff Stelling was blown away by the Everton defensive display to close out a crucial 1-0 win over Brentford, comparing the players to “demons” at full-time.
Sean Dyche oversaw a third home win by a single goal in four tries as his side defended the lead for virtually the entire game after Dwight McNeil’s first-minute opener.
The result lifts Everton out of the relegation zone and sees them up in 15th, albeit having played one or two games more than every side below them, but Stelling was highly impressed by the fight shown at Goodison Park.
Reaction live at the final whistle on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday (11 March, 4.59pm) Stelling said: “It is all over at Goodison Park! And how the home faithful like a 1-0! And how Sean Dyche likes a 1-0!
“It’s their third home 1-0 victory, a first-minute goal from Dwight McNeil, his first goal since October. And then they defended like demons to take all three points and move outside the relegation places.
“What a win!”
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The victory was highly-encouraging even if it was still just by the finest of margins, as there were positive signs going forward and in defence.
Clearly, this squad still has weaknesses having not been strengthened since the summer, but in the circumstances it was a huge three points.
Demarai Gray was dynamic up front in place of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and was only denied a goal by a debatable VAR handball decision before the break.
Ben Godfrey doesn’t look comfortable playing at left-back, and there were some shaky elements from both Michael Keane and, surprisingly, Jordan Pickford that saw Everton ride their luck at times.
But the midfield as a unit was excellent, and the performances of Amadou Onana and Seamus Coleman were particularly strong over all.
He may have faded later on but McNeil’s goal was a stunner in the opening seconds, and proved to be the margin of victory, as he continues his revival under former Burnley boss Dyche.