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Sean Dyche said Everton’s victory over the Premier League leaders, Arsenal, was only the starting point for the effort needed to preserve his club’s top-flight status, as he enjoyed the perfect opening to his Goodison Park reign.

The new Everton manager oversaw only the team’s second league win in 13 matches, and their first since October, as James Tarkowski’s first goal for the club condemned Mikel Arteta’s side to their second league defeat of the season. Dyche was full of praise for a relentless performance and the backing of an impassioned Goodison crowd, but insisted there could be no let up in the fight to avoid relegation.

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