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Luton Town V Everton: Dyche demands fudge keep the feel-good factor

Sean Dyche will be hoping the feel-good factor Everton have gained from securing their top-flight status translates into more wins between now and the end of the season.

The situation looked bleak for the Toffees after a demoralizing 6-0 defeat to Chelsea on April 15, but back-to-back wins against Nottingham Forest, Liverpool and Brentford mean the club will be playing Premier League football again in 2024/2025.

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The next step for Dyche and his team is a trip to relegation-threatened Luton Town on Friday evening.

He said: “Obviously very pleased. Relieved in a different way after putting in a lot of work to overcome many challenges this season. I am so grateful to the staff and players for all their efforts and of course the fans, who also did their part.

“The feel-good factor has obviously influenced everyone and we want to use that to our advantage. Freedom returns to your game because our goal has been achieved. It’s about taking all the things we’ve learned in the last three games and making achievements.

“We have now given ourselves a platform to finish the season strong. We want to do that. I referred to it after the win against Brentford about taking on the next one because during the tough run we had without wins, I said it balances itself out over the season as long as you keep doing the right things.

“Well, we continued to do the right things. Now we are taking on the next challenge and we want that mentality to remain.”

Luton are still fighting for their survival – Rob Edwards’ men are 18th in the table, a point and a place behind Forest and Safety.

Dyche knows Kenilworth Road will bounce ahead of Friday’s match.

He added: “We are going up against a team that is fighting and has had a very difficult run of results. They still fight, still work.

“We have to go there with the right attitude and that is what we intend to do. We want to compete, win and end the season correctly.”

While Everton’s future on the pitch is assured, much uncertainty remains surrounding the proposed takeover by 777 Partners, with the deal yet to be ratified by the Premier League.

It threatens to derail the club’s summer spending plans and although Dyche said he is “waiting for more news”, he denied suggestions he would be forced to sell key players when the transfer window reopens.

“Not necessarily,” he said. “There are obvious questions that need to be answered, but it is possible that a new owner will change things. There are several things to do with PSR (profitability and sustainability rules), not just the sale of players.”

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is being monitored ahead of Friday’s match but fellow striker Beto is fit after being cleared with a head injury.