Everton manager Sean Dyche has told Thursday’s press conference – as per the Liverpool Echo – that he watched Leeds United lose to Nottingham Forest in what was Jesse Marsch’s last game in charge, and felt the Whites were unlucky.

The 1-0 loss saw Marsch sacked and Leeds have since given the reigns to Michael Skubala – who is in caretaker charge. The club were expected to make an appointment. But failure to do so has seen Leeds confirm Skubala will remain.

At least, for the next couple of matches. His third game in charge, after a 2-2 draw and a 2-0 loss against Manchester United, comes in the form of a trip to Dyche’s Everton. Dyche beat Arsenal, but lost the Merseyside derby to Liverpool.

Dyche spoke ahead of the game and was asked for his thoughts on Leeds. The Whites sit ahead of Everton by a point, with Everton in 18th place in the relegation zone. Dyche said that he watched the 1-0 loss to Forest and felt sympathy.

“Every game is a must-win in the Premier League. We’ve just shown that. People could have written us off for the Arsenal game but we went on and won. We take everyone seriously, I certainly do,” Dyche told his press conference.

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Everton boss Dyche felt Leeds were unlucky in loss to Nottingham Forest

It is a really difficult one to call. Everton have home advantage and Dyche has made a promising start, albeit, losing to Liverpool on Monday. Leeds have an extra day’s rest, playing on Sunday. Goodison Park is an excellent atmosphere.

But, if they start to struggle or go behind, like any other crowd, they can get on the back of the players. There is also talk of a protest and Dyche will be keen to keep his players away from that. Leeds have played well, without scoring.

They need to start taking chances. An issue against Nottingham Forest and then in the defeat to Manchester United. It is a crucial game and the result could determine where both clubs sit come the end of the current campaign.

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