Dyche on Coleman, Doucoure's Afcon decision and Crystal Palace

Sean Dyche has been speaking to the media before Everton's Premier League game against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Here are the key lines from his news conference:

  • Seamus Coleman is "desperate to get back involved" with the first team after playing for the under-21 side, but Dyche said he's "still coming back to true fitness."

  • After a run of three games unbeaten, Dyche said: "We've been building on early season performances but changing them to get results."

  • On having just 20% possession against Brighton: "We hope to do better with the ball particularly in counter-attacking. But the defensive side is very pleasing."

  • He is "still a fan" of VAR but said "some things could be better and quicker".

  • On Abdoulaye Doucoure's decision to stay with Everton and not play at the Africa Cup of Nations: "I’ve always been respectful of players on the international scene. In his case, he’s old enough and wise enough to make decisions. It was a decision he’s made."

  • Ben Godfrey is still in his plans: "He's doing terrifically well. He looks after himself and is ready."

  • He said Palace "are a good club" and "Roy [Hodgson] has done a good job", but that "all the respect goes out of the window as soon as the whistle blows".

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