Dyche ‘pleased’ as Everton take point from Forest in thriller

Brennan Johnson scored twice for Nottingham Forest to salvage a point against Everton, who missed the chance to move out of the Premier League relegation zone.

The visitors had led twice but the draw leaves them in the bottom three on goal difference behind Leeds United.

In an electrifying contest, Demarai Gray put Everton ahead from the penalty spot following Jonjo Shelvey’s trip on Dwight McNeil.

But Forest were soon level. Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford parried out Morgan Gibbs-White’s shot and Johnson coolly slotted in at the near post.

Abdoulaye Doucoure restored Everton’s lead by nodding in from close range before half-time, but Johnson’s delightful curler into the top corner with 13 minutes remaining earned a point for the hosts.

Blues manager Sean Dyche later said: “I’m pleased, we’re doing the right things and there’s been real commitment to the cause since I joined.

“We got in so many good positions today. We know that they have a good record here too.

“It’s just the details now, we’ve got to stamp out the mistakes but we defended well and countered today.

“There was a lot of plusses about the performance. We know that we have to win games but you have to re-start and this showed a really step forward.

“This was a really good away performance. It’s a great building block to carry on the journey with.”

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