By Peter Lynch

26th Sep, 2023 | 9:10am

Andros Townsend shares ‘quietly confident’ behind-the-scenes Everton verdict live on BBC

Everton were “quietly confident” of going on a successful run when they had their full squad available, according to Andros Townsend.

The Toffees picked up their first win of the Premier League season with a 3-1 victory at Brentford on Saturday (23 September).

The victory saw the Merseyside outfit climb out of the relegation zone and up to 15th place in the Premier League table.

“I don’t think internally it was ever as bleak as it may have been made out,” Townsend said on The Monday Night Club on BBC 5 Live Sport (25 September).

“Speaking to some players and listening to the manager speaking, I think he was really happy with his business in the window and he had one or two players who he still needed to come back. Dwight McNeil, he’s still got Jack Harrison to come back, Dominic Calvert Lewin. 

“I think they were quietly confident that once they got these players back into the fold that they were going to start going on a run, they were good enough to go to a Brentford and get a win. So yeah, I think it’s been bleak, but those players on the inside have been quietly confident for a while.”

On the up?

It does seem that after a lengthy run of miserable results, the Merseyside club are on the up, having produced a superb display to beat Brentford away from home.

The Bees have not enjoyed a very successful start to the new season either, but they are usually a force to be reckoned with in West London.

That wasn’t the case, however, when the Toffees came to town, with Sean Dyche’s men putting on a real show to take home all three points.

The win came after defeats to the likes of Fulham, Wolves and Arsenal, with Everton previously picking up their first point of the season with a 2-2 draw against newly-promoted Sheffield United.

Now, however, the challenge is using the victory against Thomas Frank’s side to go and gain some momentum, which will not be an easy task. Two huge matches are up next in the league, with Luton Town and Bournemouth travelling to Goodison Park.

In other Everton news, a BBC pundit has gushed over an “outstanding” Toffees player in their victory against Brentford.