By George Overhill

24th Sep, 2023 | 10:40am

Tony Bellew delights in 'truly wonderful' Everton win at Brentford that 'has been coming for weeks'

Everton putting it together and winning at Brentford has “been coming for weeks” according to a delighted Tony Bellew.

The former cruiserweight boxing champion, and prominent Toffees fan, reacted to the 3-1 victory on Twitter on 24 September to hail a “truly wonderful weekend” after Sean Dyche’s side quadrupled their points tally for the season.

An excellent away display saw goals from James Tarkowski and Dominic Calvert-Lewin secure the points after Abdoulaye Doucouré’s early opener was cancelled out by Mathias Jensen.

Bellew said: “A truly wonderful weekend this is turning out to be.

“What the lads done at Brentford yesterday has been coming for weeks! We shall not be moved!!”


Bellew’s reaction the morning after the first win of the season will mirror that of thousands of Evertonians who have been beset by little other than worry and disappointment so far.

But signs of life have arrived at a crucial time, just as another relegation battle was starting to appear locked in, and with Dyche facing questions over his job.

One win doesn’t rule out either of those issues but it should be a reminder, to the players at the very least, of how they need to function this season to climb away from danger and actually start to build something.

The takeover from 777 Partners is still very much a matter of “if” rather than “when” given the regulatory hurdles that have to be cleared, and enough doubts have been raised over the Americans so as to prevent fans from feeling entirely reassured of the future either way.

But with a morale-boosting victory banked and the prospective new era on the cards it is actually possible to envisage a route forward for once.

Dyche absolutely must capitalise on this performance and deliver a few more to prevent it being one of so many false dawns at Goodison Park.

But for one weekend at least Everton supporters can enjoy themselves after a win that displayed many of the best features from this side which are so often hidden.

In other Everton news, a club legend has issued a strongly-worded verdict on sacking the manager.